St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst
A picture of - St Nicholas Church -
in Brockenhurst, Hampshire taken last Friday afternoon (2nd March) when it was quite dark due to thick cloud, and heavy rain.
It's a beautiful old church, mentioned in the Domesday book and is recorded a Christian place of worship in AD 737. Because the church is on a mound it may have been built on a pagan site. The gravestones to the front of the church are the oldest, the churchyard extends round the back with wonderful views over fields and Forest.
The church has been gradually extended over the centuries. Inside the porch is Saxon masonry and a decorated Norman arch encloses the door. The building now nestles comfortably into its surroundings and is partly engulfed by the ancient Yew growing close to the spire. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.
All parts of a Yew tree are poisonous. The trees had pagan significance, but even so it is thought they were grown within churchyards because they were needed to provide wood for longbows and other archery items. Churchyards often contained the Butts, for archery practice.
I have tried many times to take a successful picture of this church, one which includes the cockerel weather vane, but the sky always seems to conspire against me. I plan to return to take more pictures to share some of the detail.
Some of you may have noticed that I am using a different camera, an Olympus E-400. There are some claims that high at ISO images are very 'noisy', I think this picture may help dispel it as a myth. It was taken at ISO 800 and in truly atrocious weather conditions.please visit my vfxy.
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