This must be one of the most Haunted Places of the World:
The Hill of Crosses is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed that the first crosses were placed on the former Jurgaičiai or Domantai hill fort after the 1831 Uprising.Over the centuries, not only crosses, but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 55,000 in 1990 and 100,000 in 2006.
To be honest, I didn’t feel very pleasant when I walked over the hill from one end to the other and back.
Nevertheless, I am happy to share this image which maybe the best picture took over there.
This weeks’ WPC Challenge of the Daily Post is Angular.
This photo was taken in the Baltic, possibly in the city of Riga.
It is angular not matter how you look at it – angular roofs and window apexes.
I like the color and composition too.
I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.
After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).
On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.
I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.
Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.
The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.
I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!
So, this concludes my series.
This week’s Photo Challenge is Between.
As we walked into this palace in the Baltics, I thought I should take a picture of the entrance.
It would be interesting if I took a picture of the entrance with the palace in between.
However, the direction of the sunlight wasn’t right – I would be photographing against the sun and the image of the palace would come out dark.
So, once entered into the courtyard, I turned myself back and took this photo.
I am glad that the sunlight has revealed some very fine details of the gate, the columns and the lions mounted on the top.
Instead of the palace, I still have an attractive building between the gates.
As someone who takes travel photos, I well know that the sunlight may change by the second . . . . . . . . . if we don’t take a picture at the moment, that moment may lost forever . . . . . . . . . the sun would have moved and we may no longer pass this way!
When you stepped into this room, the only natural direction of sight is UP!
That’s what I did when I entered this palace room in the Baltics.
Once I lifted my head and looked at the roof, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the roof again.
You may say that there are roofs in other palaces, like the Versailles, are more brilliant.
But this roof is small and low enough that you can focus and take a good look at the details.
The chandeliers, the painting on the roof and the gold colors are just unforgettable!
This is one of the most beautiful rooms I have seen.
I like the rich colors and the details of all the things inside the room.
However, this is not the type of style that I would like to decorate my room.
It is just too grand and royal for me!
I would prefer it to be a bit more soft, lighter and ordinary.
The picture was taken in a palace in the Baltics ( as always, I got the names of various places and palaces in the Baltics mixed up, so excuse me for this).
Have shared some images on Street Life in the Baltics in my previous post.
However, have forgotten this beautiful one.
The image was taken using an entry level DSLR camera.
I am surprised that it takes in so many details with clarity: the colored buildings with different types of architecture; the painting on the building in the middle; the flowers on the planters; the many umbrellas and chairs of the restaurants etc.
As one who comes from a city of mostly modern and high rise buildings, I just felt the scene is just fantastic!