Welcome to the chaotic landscape of my mind, I hope you enjoy your visit. There's no real rhyme or reason here, just a bunch of stuff that intrigues or interests me, or makes me laugh. I do have an obsession with taking pictures, so you'll no doubt encounter all kinds of randomness. Unless a reblog or otherwise noted, I am the source for all pictures. If you like cemeteries, you're in luck...they're one of my favorite subjects! Spend a few minutes, look around, and if you have any comments or questions, send them my way. **Please note, some material may best be viewed by those over 18**
This is cool. The top image shows a drawing on parchment from the 1260s. It is one of the earliest existing architectural drawings and depicts the façade, or front, of Strasbourg Cathedral in France. The “blueprint” almost stands a meter tall. What’s so special about this medieval artifact is that it still exists: single sheets rarely survive from the Middle Ages (with the exception of charters). Equally special is that we can compare the drawing to the real thing (lower pic): it is not hard to recognize the big round window in both drawing and real building - note also the door underneath it and the pointy window to the right. How great that we are given a peek on the medieval architect’s drawing board. Ironically, he did not live to see his creation built, because the cathedral was finished in the 14th century.
Pic: Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg, Inv. no. 2. More about the drawing here. The photograph is from this blog.
One of my favorite European cathedrals…fortunately I visited it in my younger days when I was able to climb to the top. Fantastic, amazing view, and lots of gargoyle pictures.
when my dad was in college he had a friend who told a girl he’d take her on a date unlike any other she’d ever been on and so he took her to the supermarket to watch the lobsters fighting in the lobster tank