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A Ray of Hope


Back to Basel, Switzerland, this week from our trip last November.

St. Peter's Church reminds me that there is light at the end of the tunnel...
and stars in the sky...and guardian angels to watch over us...
and the scent of beautiful flowers along the Path.


A Ray of Hope


Back to Basel, Switzerland, this week from our trip last November.

St. Peter's Church reminds me that there is light at the end of the tunnel...
and stars in the sky...and guardian angels to watch over us...
and the scent of beautiful flowers along the Path.


comments (51)

  • martie
  • US
  • 25 Feb 2009, 00:14
And isn't that what you should find in Holy places? Beautifully captured, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martie, indeed. I have found that the smaller churches in Europe are more "cozy" than the huge cathedrals and much more appealing to me. St. Peter's was one such church.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 00:28
excellent shot. I like the light coming in from the window, that is such great creativity!
Ginnie Hart: That light totally "sold" me on this cozy chapel, Liang. It felt so warm and inviting.
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 25 Feb 2009, 00:57
"Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul." Ernest Dimnet....
I love the soft glow of light facing the dark portal on the left, both so symbolic of the human condition. The almost childish golden starry sky seems a beacon of hope sitting under those magnificent pillars. An image of serenity and peace, Ginnie. Beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: That is such a beautiful quote from Dimnet, Suzanne, as well as from you. These are days of the unknown for me as I go through my divorce, so everything about this image really IS symbolic for me. Thanks for your kind words, which are very soulful and meaningful right now.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 25 Feb 2009, 01:16
It's one of those pictures where everything is in its proper place.
Ginnie Hart: It was almost too good to be true, Larry!
  • alex
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 01:49
wow. that's all i was going to say, but it made me leave a longer comment. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good to see you again, Alex. How is that big boy of yours doing these days??
beauty!!
Love it
moody and thoughtful
Rob
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rob. It means more to me today than when I took it back in November!
  • sherri
  • United States of America
  • 25 Feb 2009, 03:31
So ornate. Lovely tones and light.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE the old churches of Europe, Sherri, especially the smaller ones that are a bit more warm and inviting, like this one.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 04:10
This is just gorgeous, i love the lighting and the perfect framing. This shot resembles a painting i once saw somewhere. Top notch work Gennie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Brian. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Feb 2009, 05:24
Isn't there a Ray of Hope for everybody if one is able to trust and believe and be thankful for things..
The simplicity in this picture resembles that one can be very happy with just little.
The way you framed this picture is outstanding, ik ben trots op je met deze prachtige foto, this one goes straight on to the heart and a likey to me.
Ginnie Hart: To answer your question, Astrid, YES! The smaller churches of Europe, like this one, are so much warmer and more inviting to me than the huge cathedrals (like the one belonging to my last post's magnificent door). In this, too, I am happier with less, not more, even though I can certainly appreciate both. Ontzettend bedankt voor jouw lieve woorden! ALTIJD.
Great shot but I think the flowers really make it wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: The flowers were indeed wonderful, Michael. I wonder if they are replaced regularly or if they were for something special?
We that's a nice picture & wonderful swentiments to go with it Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. You know it speaks a lot to what's going on for me right now!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 25 Feb 2009, 07:12
beautiful capture Ginnie, the light is superb
Ginnie Hart: As you know, Aussie, this means a lot to me right now.
I like the light, textures and shapes.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Nigel!
A very beautiful photo, Ginnie! Great light and composition, and a wonderful mood!
Ginnie Hart: It's exactly what I need right now, Wim. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Feb 2009, 08:01
Beautiful capture Ginnie, the light shining on the flowers is superb
Ginnie Hart: It was such a keepsake, Tony. smile
Beautiful shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Wonderfully mystical Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I felt so different form the cold cathedral I was in earlier, Richard. This one was warm and inviting.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Feb 2009, 09:38
This has the look of an old master painting Ginnie - the ray of light is splendid.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Those are very kind words, Ingrid. Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Feb 2009, 10:01
Ginnie I like the lines and light very good
Ginnie Hart: I still remember it as though it were yesterday, Vintage.
Lovely picture Ginnie and a nice sentiment too. I hope the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a train coming the other waygrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! My guess is that the trains have all come and gone by now...and everything is more in that plodding-along stage, Bill. Maybe it'll pick up before we know it, though?
The lighting has made this picture Ginnie..Outstanding shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ron. A appreciate your approval. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Feb 2009, 11:18
Oh, Ginnie, a wonderful church pic,such a religious atmosphere, prachtige details, de sterrenhemel, the Saint, the floral ornaments on the wall fresco, the bunch of flowers and- especially the light which must come from heaven- I'm sure! Your pic makes my day!
Ginnie Hart: It was such a warm and inviting moment, Philine, so different from the huge cathedral I had been in earlier. This one was meant to be found...as a ray of hope for the days to come. Bedankt.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Feb 2009, 11:21
I also like you modest sign: "Ginnie Hart"! It suits to the place which might evoke a feeling of humility!
Ginnie Hart: Today I would fall to my knees in that place, Philine!
This is a very beautiful shot, Ginnie, and meaningful in your description.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It really does give me much hope!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 12:40
Oh...I love this image. The composition..the light...the simplicity. Perfect!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Marcie. It's as though I saw it yesterday!
trés belle armonie des couleurs bien mis en valeur par cette lumiére douce et ce bouquet qui rappel le mur j'aime tout simplement A+
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Patrick, for stopping by and commenting!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Feb 2009, 13:18
I see you are providing the light to my dark side ;o) Nice shot that you have composed and framed really well.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling that you already have plenty of your own light for your dark side, Mike! smile But thanks anyway.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Feb 2009, 14:19
Super shot, Ginnie.
Especially, I like the streaming sunlight.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Ray!
It goes without saying that you would know that I will like this Ginnie, just my type of picture. I only carp about it is that I wish I had taken it.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian, you and I are on the same page with this kind of shot! You could have taken it yourself if you were there!
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Feb 2009, 15:01
Utterly stunning, Ginnie. My goodness that is beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • david
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 15:03
stunningly beautiful: i love the colour and the detail and the mood.
Ginnie Hart: I did not know then, David, that I would need this image now! Thanks.
Preciosa! Una composición y una luz exquisita.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Enric!
It allows a sense of balance to be experienced in the calmness of these wonderful places. This expresses, for me, the essence of what these places are all about. A place where personal dilemna's can be reflected on in peace and in one's own way.

richard
Ginnie Hart: You have expressed that perfectly, Richard. That is very special. Thank you.
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 19:17
Well done, Ginnie. Love the lighting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Travis!
Beautiful Ginnie :d
Ginnie Hart: I think that's a Thank-You, S&S?! grin
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Feb 2009, 19:46
i do like this one...light and mood working well together
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Feb 2009, 20:00
Examplary stuff. It belongs in some house and home type magazine. What I find very interesting is that the se last number of shots were taken last year and applies today.
Ginnie Hart: It always amazes me, Louis, when an experience prepares the way for our future but often unbeknownst to us at the time. Now I'm singing "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" from Godspell!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7QXU-kXpzs
  • rian
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 20:06
now this image is simply breathtaking.. the lighting is really well done! smile excellent shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Rian. Thank you.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 25 Feb 2009, 22:56
Such a beautiful shot. Love the lighting from the window and the composition is super. Well captured!
Ginnie Hart: It was such a beautiful, warm and cozy place for me in that moment, Frida, on a very cold day!
la simplicité prend ici tout son sens
Ginnie Hart: Simplicity is a holiness I strive for, O-P. I need to learn from this! Merci.
merci de ton passage je révise mon faible anglais : ) à bientôt A+
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Patrick. Thanks for stopping by again.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 26 Feb 2009, 14:46
I envy how you get to travel all over the place, but its great you take such nice pictures to share smile Its been a while and looks like I have a LOT of catching up to do. Excellent sharpness, colors and composition. It looks like a scene right out of a fantasy movie (like Narnia or The Golden Compass)
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Mia, I haven't been traveling since Decemmber (stateside) and not to Europe since last August because I'm going through a divorce right now. But I have a stockpile of things from past trips to share, so I won't run out any time soon. It's good to see you again!
Just what I needed to see today, Ginnie! Something peaceful and very beautiful to melt into. Thank you!
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Patrushka! Thanks.
Amen smile Really love this, a very difficult scene to capture light wise. But ur exposesure is spot on, simple and beautiful composition.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Fotografa. Thank you kindly.
A masterpiece Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Well, you're kind, Albert, but I'm not sure I would go THAT far! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 28 Feb 2009, 11:39
...and people like you that manage to show us that same things in so many different ways...
Ginnie Hart: Now I am blushing, dear Lina! Gracias.
Fine ! A great picture really !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Merci.
Hey Ginnie, this a master piece. great lightning. Luv it!
Ginnie Hart: So glad you like it, Sarthak. Thanks.
Beautiful piece Ginnie. The lighting is wonderful. This would be a very nice piece to have enlarged poster size, framed and hung.

Also have to say I like seeing the outings you take with othr SC members. Very fun.
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, John. It's good to see you again!
This is one of those images that transcends time... your words sum up my feelings.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Diane, for stopping by and commenting. I am very glad I have met you in this way. I have just added your site to my Google Reader so that I don't lose you. smile
  • Peter
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2010, 07:29
Such a beautiful image. The light and tones just make you want to be there.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. I really appreciate all your backtracking. I keep learning about this thing called photography. I'm guessing if I went back through the last 4 years, I'd see where I have stayed the same and where I have grown/changed! It's been quite the journey!

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