In Cullman Alabama (of all places) exists this wonderful little monastery where a Benedictine monk spent over 40 years recreating the worlds greatest architecture in miniature. brother Joseph Zoettl accomplished this task by using materials that were donated and sent to him from all over the world. The pictures are not the best as I was using a pretty awful point and shoot on this particular day, but I just had to share this with you as I find it so fascinating. You can read more about the history of the Ave Maria Grotto here: http://www.avemariagrotto.com/content/history
Interior view of the colosseum in Arles.
Detail of St. Trophime in Arles, France.
My absolute favorite thing to photograph is a pipe organ. The more elaborate and detailed they are, the better. Whenever I travel I make a point to try and catch an organ concert. I sit and I gaze at it from bellow while marveling at the fact that someone actually made such a thing. I find the way the sound fills a cathedral to be hypnotic. I am not even religious at all, but being in this grand space where people go specifically to find some form of inner peace, and being enveloped by the sound of the organ, is incredibly therapeutic to me. I also love that you can visit a hundred cathedrals and never see the same organ twice. They are, in a way, an actual functioning ‘organ’ within the church. Pulsating and filling the room with life. Everything about it is incredibly powerful to me.
This is the place that instilled my love of wide open spaces when I was just eight years old.
Photo: Sarah Hare Photography
Jellyfish @ Monterey Bay Aquarium
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