Cees Fun Foto Challenge – V


The Victorian Pavilion undergoing renovation at Kew

V for Victorian….so I guess the Victorian Glass house, known as the Temperate House, located in the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens fits the bill.  Photographed at the start of an extensive restoration  programmethat will ensure the Pavilion will stand for another century or two. It is due to re-open in all its new glory sometime in 2018

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17th January

(C) David Oakes 2018



Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Corners

Holkham Hall

The Marble Hall, Holkham Hall, Norfolk

There are plenty of corners, curves and angles (and a few hidey holes) in the majestic Marble Hall.  It really is spectacular and a photo does little to show the true scale…..even a Grand Piano tucked away in one corner looks rather small.

Just thought that this would be a good submission for this weeks Black & White Photo Challenge – CORNERS

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12th January

(C) David Oakes 2018

Sunday……. So Off to Church


Our Lady of Kazan, Zelenogorsk, Russia

Zelenogorsk is on the Gulf of Finland just north of St. Petersburg.  The church was built in 1915 when this area was part of the Grand Duchy of Finland.  In terms of churches it is not that old. None the less in its short life it has seen much turbulence of wars and revolution …and in that time suffered the consequences of such violent actions.

After the Soviet Army invaded during WW2 the church was used as a warehouse.

Today you would be hard pressed visualise such times as  Our Lady of Kazan, which is an Russian Orthodox Church, was renovated in the 1970’s to much of its former glory.


To say the interior is lavish is perhaps an understatement.  It is a mix of gold and brass which helps display the enormous collection of historic Icons that are on display.

The church was re-consecrated in 1990  and once again a place of regular worship.

For a church that has endured such violence and turmoil it setting is surprisingly tranquil….surround by tall trees on the edge of a woodland area Our Lady of Kazan is set in the perfect Zelenogorsk setting…


3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Black and White Photo Challenge – Gates, Fences ,etc


My suggestion for this Weeks Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge of Fences and Gates and the like.  Well I guess as a gate you don’t get much more impressive than the Gatehouse of Warkworth Castle, Northumberland.  Like all good castles apart from a Gate the gatehouse also contained a portcullis and other traps the keep out the unwanted…that is those that managed to cross the drawbridge or swim the moat.

Go and see what other have suggested at :- https://ceenphotography.com/2017/11/30/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-fences-gates-2/  

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1st December

(C) David Oakes 2017

Silent Sunday…… Remembering those that never came Home


The Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, Derby

Always Remember…Never Forget 

A cascade of Poppies a tribute to those who have lost their lives, not just in the Great War but all conflicts across our World.

Will Peace ever be a reality or just a futile hope?

( I should mention the Tribute at the Silk Mill was much earlier in the year, it has travelled to many other locations and no doubt will travel further in the months ahead)

Remembrance Sunday 12th November 2017

(C) David Oakes 2017