Sunday, 19 June 2011

Fulda Postcards

Fulda PostcardsI love visiting churches when I am in Europe. In particular, I like the stone churches. Perhaps this is because of their texture or perhaps it is because we have so few stone churches in North America. It's not hard to get a fix of churches when in Europe. In most European communities, there is a church every couple of blocks. Fulda, Germany, is no exception. Even though it is a very small town, there were several churches, a Cathedral, and an Abbey to investigate.

Up before dawn for my usual photo walk-about, I came across this church in the center of town. A construction company was in the process of repaving the square where the church was situated. For the safety of both workers and pedestrians, they had arranged their fencing to protect the work, yet still allow access to the church. To me, however, it looked like a giant "people funnel". The idea of funneling "teeming masses" into this church (or any church) was quite ironic, given we are in an era of steeply declining church attendance. It is hard to imagine any church requiring crowd control.

Fulda Postcards

Leaving this church, I wandered up a stone alleyway towards the Cathedral. On the way I passed the Abbey. I didn't get a chance to look inside, as there was a very high stone wall surrounding it and the gates leading inside were locked. This bicycle was backed up, pointed out, and ready to go. I wondered if one of the Abbey's residents intended to use it as an emergency get-away vehicle!

Fulda Postcards

Further up from the Abbey was the Cathedral of Fulda. It is a wonderful baroque church that is home to the remains of St. Boniface. I arrived well before dawn and was able to walk around to scope out the best viewing angle to watch the effects of the sunrise on the facade. Here is a panoramic shot to give you a sense of the environment around the Cathedral. Unfortunately, on neither Flickr nor Blogger will you get the benefit of the very large file size and be able to see the detail in this shot.

Fulda Postcards

The colours just before sunrise are always interesting. When there are no clouds in the sky to reflect the sun's light while it is below the horizon, the sky becomes a deep blue. I find this colour blue is a nice contrast to the orange glow of the high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights that are typically used to light roads and building exteriors. At least they are typical today. I wonder what it will look like when HPS finally gives way to the much whiter light of LED lights?

Fulda Postcards

As is normal when I am out shooting in the morning, there were very few people out. I quite like this because there are no crowds to clutter up my photographs!

Fulda Postcards

On my way back to my hotel, I passed a window with these bottles arrayed on the ledge inside. They looked like empty wine bottles that someone had sewn white fabric around and then placed a flower in the neck of the bottle. On the white fabric was a coloured print of a rabbit; each bottle had a different coloured rabbit. I thought this was a pretty cool way to recycle empties!

Fulda Postcards

Arriving back at my hotel, I noticed an un-recycled "empty" sitting on a bench across from the hotel doorway.

Fulda Postcards


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