Sky Watch Friday : Architectural Details in the Sky

London Buildings

London Buildings

The two London buildings, seen from the 34th floor of another building, are known as the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater, and are very different looking from the usual square skyscrapers, thanks to the imaginative architecture.


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Wordless Wednesday : Building Bricks

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

Another Peek at the V & A


Some of the casts on display

Some of the casts on display

In the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, one of the larger exhibitions are those of the cast courts.   These house a collection of plaster casts of some of the most famous sculptures in the world, to educate and entertain people, and give people an opportunity to see wonderful pieces of architecture.   In the picture above (especially for the ladies) is a life size cast of David by Michaelangelo.  In fact, there are 3 Davids in the collection, and you can read about them here.   In the statue by Verrochio (original dating from about 1473), the youthful David poses over the head of Goliath, and is even wearing a little piece of clothing!

But enough about David, you can also find The Trajan Column  (original in the Forum Romanum in Rome) Neptune, Samson, the Three Graces, Caesar Invading Britain, many more, including this one, a cast of a Nymph and Deer at the Royal Palace of Fontainblue in 1494

The Nymph of Fontainblue

The Nymph of Fontainblue

Here are some of the many other stunning sculptures to be seen at the V & A.



Six Word Saturday : Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Weekly Photo Challenge : Enveloped

Chichester Cathedral through the trees

Chichester Cathedral through the trees

I like this shot of Chichester Cathedral, surrounded and ‘enveloped’ by trees and shrubs, and still towering over the tallest ones.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum

This pillar, in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, is so intricately carved with people through the ages, that the original pillar is completely enveloped by the detail.


See more at the Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Wordless Wednesday : A Room With A View

Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street, London City

Sky Garden, Fenchurch Street, London City

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Pick a Topic

This week Cee has given us a choice of subject, and asks us to pick a topic from her photo.    I recently visited one of the higher buildings in the City of London, and the extra special attraction of this building, apart from the amazing views, is the SkyGarden, which is on floors 34 to 36  (luckily there are plenty high speed lifts to get to the top quickly!)  The garden has a restaurant, plenty places to sit and chat, and the covered gardens are full of exotic tropical plants to soothe the stressed mind.

Hope you enjoy the views of my lines and shapes!

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