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photoblog image The Smoke of Burning Incense...

The Smoke of Burning Incense...

 

...is a symbol of the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven.

 

The Abbey at the top of Mont Saint-Michel, France, is now an empty shell of an historic monument.

But below it in the village is this little chapel open to all who would enter.

 

The monk in the center was the one swinging the censer.

All 4 worshippers here were kneeling.

 


 


The Smoke of Burning Incense...

 

...is a symbol of the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven.

 

The Abbey at the top of Mont Saint-Michel, France, is now an empty shell of an historic monument.

But below it in the village is this little chapel open to all who would enter.

 

The monk in the center was the one swinging the censer.

All 4 worshippers here were kneeling.

 


 


comments (58)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Aug 2010, 00:08
I am falling in love with churches and chapels. You present this so well. Where you the only one standing?
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, SAVO. I would add for me, especially the churches and chapels of Europe...so different from what I grew up with. Astrid and I were the only ones inside besides these 4...and we were standing in the back, just feet away from this shot. It was a vewry small chapel.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Aug 2010, 02:21
Outstanding image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ray.
What a gorgeous image; I love the light and mood you have captured here. I get the impression this chapel is really old also. It always amazes me how we sometimes concentrate on the fantastic (like the famous Abbey) and often totally miss treasures like this.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mark. I don't know if this is the only "warm" chapel on the Mont, but if so, it is very small. I'm so glad we saw it, after seeing the stark, empty shell of the Abbey. You're so right!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 18 Aug 2010, 04:51
love the monestary approach you've given here on this photo! great moment captured.
Ginnie Hart: It did have that feel to it, Liang. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:07
This is full of atmosphere Ginnie: and just look at the sun shining in to catch the silverware
Ginnie Hart: It was the early evening, Chris, just before the sun set, so we were very lucky. Thank you kindly.
That stone is absolutely amazing. Wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: It was a very "warm" place, Michael, even in spite of the stone. It had a much different feel than the start, "cold" Abbey above. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:50
.....later the lady in black kneeled down and sang prayers, it was a Holy moment.
A wonderful picture, it shows the devotion and it is as if we are looking at them through a glass window, time stood still here.
We were so lucky for many things that we came in after the big crowd was gone.
While I am looking at this picture I still can smell the burning incense.......
Ginnie Hart: It really was a holy, quiet moment, MLMA. I almost felt guilty about taking pictures. I'm so glad we went inside!
  • rem_la
  • france
  • 18 Aug 2010, 06:20
quelle belle lumiere !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Rem.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2010, 06:56
what a lovely peaceful scene Ginnie!!!! I've been meeting more catholics online and it's sort of asuaging the bad memories lol thanks for your funny comment on my blog lololol
Ginnie Hart: This felt like it was from a time long ago, Elaine. It was very special, even though I'm not Catholic. Thanks.
an intense moment, the church is beautiful
Ginnie Hart: Very small, Fabrizio, but full of charm. Grazie.
Were they praying that you wouldnt take too long to take the photosmile
Ginnie Hart: I was hoping they didn't even know we were there, Nigel! grin
Or global warmingtongue

Nice shot ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I guess that could be one way to look at it, Bill. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2010, 07:38
a very atmospheric photo! Good that there is still a little chapel where you can pray...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine. I agree! Bedankt.
I don't like the smell of it...
Ginnie Hart: It actually was not offensive to us at all, Chantal. It seemed to fit the mood.
I'm not big on organized religion, but I'm enjoying your shots, and the information... I didn't know that about incense.
Ginnie Hart: I grew up in a Baptist minister's home, Odd, so I didn't escape organized religion, I'm afraid. But the Roman Catholic church is something different altogether! I'm still learning about it.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 18 Aug 2010, 07:47
Superb photo. Texture and d├ętails are very nice. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Antoine.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 07:53
Great shot of people at there devotions Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It's not something I often see, Tony, so I was glad I caught the moment. Thank you.
WOnderful are your mute tones & the light - superb image, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: As always, Karine, merci.
Its a lovely shot Ginnie, i am not sure if i would of taken this shot of people praying.
Ginnie Hart: It did border on transgression, Mick, I'm sure. But as you see, I couldn't resist. The rest of the world was walking by the open door just feet away. smile
Lovely atmosphere, Ginnie. Great timing, too, with the light coming through the window and falling in the perfect spot. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: It did feel very special, Roz. Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 10:17
It looks very inviting and cosy Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You nailed it, Scarlet. It was.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 10:38
Great image
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
I always enjoy the smell of incense ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Don't know if it's an acquired smell, Chad, but I've enjoyed it whenever I've smelled it.
Lovely shot Ginnie. I can almost smell the incense.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Sheila. It was quite lovely. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • rocky
  • 18 Aug 2010, 11:31
Wow that's gorgeous
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie. It was a very touching moment.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2010, 12:46
Yes, I see the chapel is dedicated to the Archangel St. Michael, and the monks may be Benedictines- Astrid expressed beautifully by words your feeling in these holy, quiet moments while you captured it so finely by your photo!
I like the smell of burning incense, too -but if there is burning incense over the whole day like in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, you might get dizzy.
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Thanks for that added info, Philine. Even though I'm not Roman Catholic, it felt very holy. I'll never forget it.
There is so much atmosphere in this picture Ginnie, that it is a bit of a pity the ugly posters on the wall left are visible. Could you clone those out or choose a different crop?? I feel they do not belong in the shot, as for the rest it is lit beautifully!!

I always get a prickly nose from essence in a church but when I use Frankincense in my on home it smells gorgeous!!
Ginnie Hart: I totally get what you're saying about those posters, Marion. Good point! If I ever decide to do anything further with this, I will clone them out. Thanks for the suggestion.
Sorry, that must be incense of course!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, of course. grin
A nice intimate little scene, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It was, Tom. It was.
I like the atmosphere here Ginnie. It reminds me of when I visited a small orthodox church during a lent service with just the priest and one or two others in attendance. They have a lot of incense as well. These are special moments.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Janet, you're right. Very intimate. Thanks for sharing your own story.
I'm not a church goer Ginnie..but this looks rather special.
Ginnie Hart: Likewise, Ron. It was indeed very special.
A truly peaceful and calming effect your picture has Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda. That was exactly how it felt.
I really would have enjoyed being there witht he two of you to experience this moment Ginnie. A beautiful picture in a beuatiful chancel.
Ginnie Hart: It's so different from how we were raised, Brian, I know...you, too. Maybe that's why it felt so special. So unique for one who's not used to it. Thanks.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 18 Aug 2010, 18:39
Lovely shot , Ginnie...
Well composed shot...Nice colourful designs on glass windows..You make all these stand out in your pictures...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sunder. Thank you.
The sight and the memory of incense is a strong 'madeleine'. i recall the R.C. life of the fifties.
Ginnie Hart: I had a couple of girlfriends in high school who were R.C., Wim, one of whom was my bridesmaid in 1969. Back then she wasn't supposed to be in my protestant church as a bridesmaid...but she didn't care...and did it anyway! Wow. Those were the days!
  • martie
  • United States
  • 18 Aug 2010, 20:25
What a beautiful photo! Don't you love the ancient-ness of this?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martie. I do. It's so different from what I grew up with!!!
Una preciosa captura con una claridad y tono excelentes.

Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo!
Very nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Calusarus. Merci.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 18 Aug 2010, 22:20
I like how the sun shines trough the window and spreads over the altar.
Ginnie Hart: It was very special, Frida, in that moment. Thank you.
well captured atmosphere Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Derek.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 18 Aug 2010, 22:42
you came in time for the service? just a terrific capture. you surely have the eye.
Ginnie Hart: We just happened upon it at the same time as they were entering, Maria. So serendipitous! Thanks.
Wonderful photos,good shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Aug 2010, 23:06
What a perfect scene, how lucky to have been able to have the opportunity to catch something so special smile
Ginnie Hart: It wss an "eternalized moment," Cherie. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Aug 2010, 23:53
A difficult composition to make. I would have tried for less pews and a little bit more detail at the top. Don't say it is the best way, more like I am saying it is difficult to get the best.

Incense smoke adds some mysticism.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Louis, and I appreciate the suggestion. I was thinking about the pews and realize I almost always include them in my church pictures. I wonder if it's a sense of orientation for me? Hmmm. I'll have to think about that. And yes, since I didn't grow up with incense, it does hold a lot of mysticism for me.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 19 Aug 2010, 02:19
Great lighting Ginnie to capture the smoke from the incense and the details around the altar....this chapel may have been small but it has been around for a long time judging by the stone work....it is not as majestic as Mont Saint-Michel but it has it's own beauty....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Not as majestiv but much warmer and more alive! Thank you, Peter.
What a beautiful take! Looks so full of energy of the universe!!
Ginnie Hart: That's a beautiful way to put it, Bhavesh! Thank you.
One of your best, Ginnie...so much to savor here. Peace be with you.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Patrushka. Thank you!
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2010, 12:45
Fabulous picture. Love your title that is so true impression while looking at this picture. Great work Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mariana.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2010, 13:31
This is lovely. So peaceful and spiritual. Beautiful soft light.
Ginnie Hart: It's one of the rare times I've seen worshippers like this, Marcie. It took my breath away. Thank you.
This image is so alive, Ginnie, I feel as if I were sitting right there in one of the wooden pews.
Ginnie Hart: That's how I feel, too, Beverly! Thanks.
  • tede
  • France
  • 19 Aug 2010, 17:23
This Magnificent shot, sharpness and colors are simply sublime. Nice evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Tede. Merci.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 19 Aug 2010, 22:04
Heavenly light.
Ginnie Hart: Seems apt, George. smile
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2010, 22:18
beautiful capture
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Petra.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 19 Aug 2010, 22:45
very perfect idea ma friend..very cool one
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, TM.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2010, 23:51
I see you are still going strong!
Ginnie Hart: Still kicking, Martin, yes. smile It's good to see you again. I've missed you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2010, 08:20
has a nice, soothing aroma too.. makes me kinda sleepy in mass though.. ;D
Ginnie Hart: HA! You brought a nice smile to me when I read this, Rian. smile Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 22 Aug 2010, 22:47
Such a wonderful shot of the Alter and worhsippers
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JJ. It was a serendipitous moment for us!
beatiful shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Lidia, for stopping by and comming. Grazie.

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