Luck and Timing

On a whim, I decided to stop by National Cathedral at lunchtime the other day. I lucked into a great parking spot, and the cathedral was open this time. (It was closed for events the last two times I tried.) I took a few shots like these:



stained glass

Then all of a sudden, an announcement: the cathedral organist was giving a demonstration in the choir. I’ve been wanting to hear that particular instrument for years. Never seem to make the concerts somehow. I was actually in the choir, so just had to sit on one of the benches. He played three pieces, one by Bach, and they were all beautiful. What timing.

After the music, I walked into an adjoining room, and thought I was seeing things.


I’ve blogged about the stained-glass effect before, here. But these were spectra caused by the noonday sun hitting prisms somewhere. I promise you, I haven’t altered the color a bit. I actually thought about de-saturating them to tone down the brightness, then changed my mind. Why mess with nature?

Rainbow fires

I think they look like little rainbow fires.

Stone rainbow

Nothing like a limestone rainbow. A really nice lunch hour overall, don’t you think?

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22 Responses to Luck and Timing

  1. Caroline says:

    I was already totally amazed by the first shot but the rainbows are magical.
    It’s wonderful when you can hear a concert in a church. The sound is often so beautiful.

  2. Susan says:

    I’m blown away by the rainbows – TOTALLY fabulous !

  3. Really great shots, Ms. Pearl!! You know I love these types of shoots! Great lighting and the prisms…Fantastic!! then a concert…BONUS!! I cannot imagine the sound of the organ in a building like this one. It must have been amazing!! Great job!

  4. jacquelincangro says:

    Those are some money shots. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know from experience that photography inside a church can be difficult. There always seem to be so many different lighting issues. But you seemed to nail it! What a lovely series.

  5. mcrobertsphotography says:

    These are wonderful, I am planning a trip to DC in two weeks, and the National Cathedral is on list of places that I visit and see. Thank you for showing the beautiful images, and the rainbow flares.

  6. bonniegunkel says:

    Fabulous photos! I love the first one…I’m a sucker for columns ๐Ÿ™‚ The prizm photos are amazing!

  7. I love the rainbows. And I love that you called them “rainbow fires!”

  8. banbamama says:

    Awesome, what a great thing to happen. Have you ever heard of Harry Clarke? He has done some amazing stained glass.

  9. S.P. says:

    How wonderful!!

  10. Lady Jennie says:

    Wow – nice rainbow shots. I’ve never seen anything like that.

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