Thursday, 11 March 2010

Crosses and Crocus

"Of all the pulpits from which the human voice is ever set forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave" The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin (1849)

The cross of John Ruskin in St Andrew's churchyard, Coniston. It is a beautiful object carved by H T Miles on green slate from the local quarry at Tilberthwaite, and designed by W G Collingwood, an expert on Anglo Saxon crosses. It depicts some aspects of Ruskin's work and it captures the essence of his artistic philosophy.  The afternoon light was shining on this side which highlighted the carving so a photograph was irresistible.  I will have to go back next time in the morning to capture the light shining on the front.

"There is no wealth but life"
Could not resist another Ruskin quote. The churchyard was full of  snowdrops and crocus basking in this marvellous spell of sunny weather.

1 comment:

Rena said...

I love the picture of the crosses and crocus! Such a lovely sign of hope!