Exeter Cathedral on the first warm day of spring

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Comments (18)

MaryAlice on February 14, 2008

This is so amazing, that it's hard for me to even take it all in. I've never seen anything like this in person. I love the feel that you captured with the 'first warm day of spring!' Very nice, Marilyn.

Marilyn Whiteley on February 14, 2008

Thanks, MaryAlice, for your comment. I hadn't posted this before because I knew there were a number of other shots of the cathedral on Panoramio. But I'll confess: this evening I checked them out and decided I like mine better! (Don't tell anybody!) We could just feel in the air how everybody was enjoying the day!

© Rapi ( ) on February 15, 2008

All in !!! "*****"


John Goodall on February 15, 2008

We await such days eagerly in the present cold, grey spell of the English winter. A nicely balanced view of this beautiful building that remarkably survived the Baedeker air-raid that destroyed most of the historic city centre of Exeter on 23 April 1942. Coincidentally, the Independent newspaper has recently run a competition inviting readers to identify from photographs the 28 (out of the total 61) English cathedrals that have been selected to receive a grant of £2.1m from the conservation agency English Heritage for restoration work. (The Panoramio gallery proved to be very useful for this competitor). You can see the feature article at [http://www.independent.co.uk/cathedrals]. Entries are supposed to be in by 15 February, so you'd better get cracking! Thanks for sharing your lovely images. John

John Goodall on February 15, 2008

Here is the full link to the article in The Independent newspaper about the restoration grant for the English Cathedrals. John

Marilyn Whiteley on February 15, 2008

Thanks, John, for the previous information and now the link. The money will be most welcome, I'm sure; it's a priceless heritage. (The only one besides Exeter of which I'm confident without help is Coventry!)

The mystery of survival works both ways. I visited Cologne in 1958--long after the end of the war, but still there was evidence of the devastation. One member of our hosteling group figured that the RAF must have used Roman Catholic bombardiers. (An on-line dictionary says that in the RAF, the position was called "bomb aimer." It's sensible, but I'd never heard that.)

Thanks again, Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on February 16, 2008

A good image made special by the inclusion of the group. Thanks Marilyn.

John has introduced us to an interesting exercise.

Kind regards, Ian

BTW, my Dad was a bomb aimer in the RAAF, 460 Squadron based in England. He was and I am very grateful that he arrived in England near the end of the war, and only ever acted in that capacity in training. His pilot and crew were sent towards Germany, as decoys to distract and return. What other more devastating action resulted we'll never know.

©junebug on February 16, 2008

What a lovely picture, Marilyn! The beautiful old cathedral and a group of young people in front of it under a sunny sky. It's really a wonderful composition! Greetings, Anne

John Goodall on February 17, 2008

I was surprised to learn, in view of your interest in church history, that you were confident identifying only Exeter and Coventry from the Independent newspaper's quiz.

I guessed 10 of the 28 correctly (I hope!), confirming my first impressions by checking on architectural details by reference to Google Earth / Panoramio images such as your own of Exeter Cathedral. It was then a case of finding out which places had cathedrals and hoping that members of the Panoramio community had posted some good photos! In case you'd enjoy embarking on a similar detective quest (and need some help to get going) here's my list of all 28 cathedrals in alphabetical order. If you've time to spare to match them to the numbers in the quiz I'd be very interested to see if your conclusions match mine! * Arundel * Blackburn * Bradford * Bristol * Carlisle * Chelmsford * Coventry * Derby * Durham * Ely * Exeter * Guildford * Hereford * Leicester * Lichfield * Lincoln * Newcastle-upon-Tyne * Norwich * Peterborough * Ripon * Rochester * St. Albans * St. Edmundsbury * Southwark * Truro * Wakefield * Wells * Worcester

It makes an interesting journey of discovery, one that Panoramio might seek to emulate by presenting similar quizzes aimed at promoting greater knowledge and understanding of the world's natural and built environments.

Kind regards, John

Daniela Brocca on February 17, 2008

Pillars of the Earth.As Gerry said in a photo of Guelph .I'm reading the novel for second time and this photo is the living proof of how it can be at the end.Marvellous shot.Cheers,Daniela

ian.r on February 18, 2008

We are having very similar weather this week and YES throw off that winter grey and welcome back the colours of spring!

Marilyn Whiteley on February 18, 2008

Thank you, Anne, John, Daniela, and two Ians! With Panoramio behaving strangely recently, I hadn't known whether a reply would reach you, so I didn't try.

For so many of my photos, I wait until the people have gone, or try to position myself to avoid them, but here this young group seemed to add rather than detract. I'm glad you think so, too, Ian S. and Anne.

Thank you, John, for the list. I will sit down with my travel diaries to see what ones I ought to recognize. Not many through visits, alas! And my church history courses had no tests on "cethedral recognition"!

izahorizonta on June 2, 2008

Excellent! Y*

Marilyn Whiteley on June 4, 2008

Thanks for your comment and greetings from Canada.

wambam23 on January 5, 2010

Great capture Marilyn. Really like the light. Greetings from Adam.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 6, 2010

Thank you, Adam. It was a beautiful afternoon, the first warm day of spring, and everyone was out enjoying it! Greetings from Canada, Marilyn

PepeTenorio on October 19, 2011

Welcome to the group * GÓTICO - GOTHIC - GOTHIQUE *, thanks for accepting the invitation. regards

Bakos ART on June 4, 2014

beautiful photo! LIKEd -Tom :)

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  • Uploaded on February 14, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/04/10 08:31:29
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