Supreme Court Door

Supreme Court, Parliament Square 12/31/2015
Supreme Court, Parliament Square 12/31/2015
Supreme Court, Parliament Square 12/31/2015
Supreme Court, Parliament Square 12/31/2015

This door to the Supreme Court building stands on the western edge of Thorney Island, which originally belonged to Westminster Abbey in London. Thorney Island was in the delta of the Tyburn stream, now culverted over, that flows into the Thames. Edward the Confessor lived there while he was building his church of St Peter’s where Westminster Abbey now stands.

The 13th century Old Belfry on Thorney Island, and Westminster Abbey’s Sanctuary Tower and is where fugitives could seek refuge from their pursuers. The Old Belfry was converted to tenements at the Dissolution. Evidence of this building was recorded both in 1775. Remains of piled foundations used for the belfry and medieval and Saxon features may still exist.

Today’s art nouveau Gothic style building built of Portland stone and designed by architect James Gibson was completed in 1913.

The entrance to the Supreme Court is a segmental arched deep set portal with great segmental arched window above, framed by canted bay turrets. The main portico has a figure of Britannia supported by the spirits of architecture, literature, government, sculpture, music, truth, law, seafaring, wisdom and education by sculptor Henry Fehr.

Encircle the building are stone sculptures of King John handing the Magna Carta to the barons at Runnymede, the granting of the charter of Westminster Abbey, and the Duke of Northumberland offering the crown of England to Lady Jane Grey.

The building’s tower, with arched windows and lofty stone chimney stacks, is decorated with stone carvings, parapets and dormers. A band of old English heraldic yales (a mythical antelope- or goat-like four-legged creature with large horns that it can swivel in any direction), lions, and unicorns, with Tudor roses, thistles, shields and arms circle the tower. The gargoyle figures are four angels of the winds and the four angels of protection. And in a niche in the parapet is a figure representing government.

In 1964 the nearly 1,000-year-old Middlesex Guild ceased its administrative and judicial functions. The Guildhall was converted in the 1980s to a Crown Court center with criminal courtrooms. Then in October 1, 2009 judicial authority was transferred from the House of Lords (evolved over more than 600 years, originally from the royal court) to the Supreme Court for the United Kingdom; which is in the former Middlesex Guildhall on Parliament Square. The Supreme Court is near the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Treasury. Restored to full splendor, the building houses the highest court in the United Kingdom.

Audio tour: 

(Source: https://www.supremecourt.uk/visiting/architecture.html)

Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors March 31, 2016

Daffodil – B&W

I converted this yellow daffodil in a recent post to black and white for Monochrome Madness March 31, 2016. I wanted it to have a slight sepia tone and look like an old etching, so I chose a flower with a plain background, intricate shapes, detail and texture.

Daffodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Daffodil sp. as B&W sketch Central Park 3/23/2016

Easter Flowers

As you see I had some fun in Photoshop with flowers I photographed in Central Park on March 23, 2016. If you want to pick a posie I sell my work.

Hellebore, Central Park 3/23/2016
Hellebore, Central Park 3/23/2016
Dafodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Daffodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 3//23/2016
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 3//23/2016

Magnolia – Painter version

I took my photo of a magnolia and did some drawing on it in Corel Painter then brought it back into Photoshop — creating digital art out of it. If you wish, tell me which version you prefer.

Magnolia painted, Central Park March 24, 2016
Magnolia painted, Central Park March 24, 2016
Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016
Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016

White-breasted Nuthatch

A White-breasted Nuthatch foraging for bugs on a tree trunk in Central Park on March 23, 2016.

Nuthatches like to walk down and Downy Woodpeckers usually climb up treetrunks — I remember it this way, Downys go uppy Hatches go down.

Magnolias

I photographed these magnolias in Central Park March 23, 2016. I like to be careful about what flower photographs I display. I hope these images are unusual or unique in some way because there are so many flower photographs out there.

Posted on the After Before Friday Forum week 78 on March 25, 2016.

After editing

I wanted to bring out the magnolia flowers and use colors in the background that were more complimentary and would look better on my wall. The composition is very important too.

Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016
Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016

The white Star Magnolias needed a bit of punch achieved in Lightroom and on1.

Star Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016
Star Magnolia, Central Park March 24, 2016

Before editing

Chinatown Frog Pot

I originally made this photo in color on September 2011 at Mulberry Street, Chinatown, New York City and converted it to B&W for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness on March 30, 2016.

Chinatown Frog Pot 9/25/2011
Chinatown Frog Pot 9/25/2011
Chinatown Frog Pot 9/25/2011
Original color version – Chinatown Frog Pot 9/25/2011