Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Stone Walls


This is my entry into Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is Any Kind of Bricks or Stone Walls, Walks or Roads.  I had to go with my favourite types of stone walls for this – those of historical sites! The photos were all taken at either Warwick Castle or Fountains Abbey last year. My personal favourite is the first picture, purely because it shows a carving of the Green Man, a figure who I’ve been fascinated with for many years and might write a post about sometime – if my mum (Millie Thom) doesn’t beat me to it. 🙂

I hope you all like the pictures. I’d love to know which is your favourite.

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31 Comments on “Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Stone Walls

  1. My favs – and it was tough too choose – is the green man (always a fascinating subject and the abbey with the expansive arches. Beautiful!!!

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    • Thanks, Sabina. 🙂 I’m glad you like the Green Man – he’s been one of my favourite figures for years. I’ve even got a half finished painting of him stored away in the attic that I will complete some day! Fountains Abbey has so many arches that I had numerous different shots to choose from. I probably spent longer choosing which one to use than I did editing them all!

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    • Thank you, Mandi. 🙂 I’m very glad you like them. I really enjoy working in black and white, especially for pictures of old buildings!

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  2. Stunning photos! It’s hard to choose just one… but if I had to pick, it would be the second picture. The series of rounded arches lead your eye towards the last arch which is slightly different as it is pointed. Maybe the rounded arches supported a barrel ceiling leading towards a pointed arched doorway? I don’t know, but fun to imagine!

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  3. Great photos, Louise! I love playing with B&W. You have some nice perspective shots with great lighting and contrast. Thanks for sharing these.

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  4. My favourite is the bottom right one. I like the ruined walls and rolling hill 🙂

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    • There are lots of beautiful old places to visit in Britain but also in many other countries as well. I have a list a mile long of places I’d like to see, all around the world. 🙂 Thanks for visiting, PJ.

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    • Thanks, Lynn. 🙂 I love visiting castles. I studied medieval history at university and it was visiting castles with my mum that helped to develop my fascination with the period. I’m glad you like the pictures.:D

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      • So exciting, I would love to visit England for sure. I love the history and traditions and it just looks so fairy tale like!

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  6. I see why you like the first image. I do too. But my two favs are with vaulted ceiling and archways. Both just draw me in and pull me back. Nice images.

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked them. If it weren’t for the presence of the Green Man in the first shot they’d be my favourites as well. 🙂

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  7. Hello, Louise. Just came from your Mom’s blog and I can’t wait to see who wins the “Green Man Post Race”. I was taken by these photos, because right now I’m working on a book that will be illustrated in black and white photos. The pictures will be of settings in the book that I’ve been taking around my home town. These are wonderful.I have a love for stone walls. We have many here in New England left over from agricultural times when they were dug up during plowing and thrown to the side to be used as boundaries in fields. Lovely to read your blog…..Clare

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    • Hi, Clare. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂 I’m glad you like the pictures – I’ve developed a real love of black and white over the last year. I imagine your book will look beautiful with a selection of them to illustrate it. I’ll pop over and check out your blog sometime soon. 🙂

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      • The photos in my first book are in color. It is a children’s book. But this next one is an adult mystery book and so black and white will fit it much better. Nice to meet you, too.

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you like them. The green man was at Fountains Abbey, on one of the arched windows on the east wall, I think. 🙂

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      • We were there recently and I’m so sorry we missed it. My sweetheart loves green men! But I am grateful I’ve had chance to see it via your post.

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