52/2013 Week 46

Valle Crucis Abbey

Hot off the presses, so to speak. Not long been back from Llangollen and Valle Crucis Abbey. It was a beautiful day and the autumn colours are getting deeper and deeper. I’ve featured the Valle Crucis before but for those of you who haven’t seen it here is some information about the abbey.

Valle Crucis Abbey (Valley of the Cross) is a Cistercian abbey located in Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales. More formally the Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Valle Crucis it is known in Welsh both as Abaty Glyn Egwestland Abaty Glyn y Groes. The abbey was built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog. Valle Crucis was dissolved in 1537 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and subsequently fell into serious disrepair. The building is now a ruin, though large parts of the original structure still survive.

14 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 46

  1. stephenransome November 13, 2013 / 19:36

    Lots and lots of super details in this Mike. It’s a cracker in my view.


    • Mike Hardisty November 13, 2013 / 20:08

      I’ve changed aperture when I’m using the WA Lens to f11. Seems to make the image sharper all round. Looks like the sweet spot for the sigma is f11



  2. petspeopleandlife November 13, 2013 / 20:30

    Stunning photograph. The water and the Autumn leaves adds so much to this photo. Such a shame that most of this historic site has become a ruin.


    • Mike Hardisty November 14, 2013 / 09:14

      Hi Yvonne, many of the ancient monasteries and churches were ruined during the rain of Henry the Eighth, He turned against Catholicism when the Pope would not agree to his request to divorce his wife in favour of a younger woman. THrough this Henry formed what is now known as the Anglican Church. He saw the rich catholic monasteries as a viable target. If you click on the link Disollution of the Monasteries you can read more about it.

      Further destruction to some castles and religious buildings happened during the English Civil War.

      Although Valle Crucis is a ruin now, it is preserved by CADW, which is a preservation society who look after historical buildings in Wales. The equivalent in England is the National Trust and English Heritage.

      All of these societies charge small fees for entry to the sites which goes against the upkeep of them. For instance Valle Crucis is 3.70 ($6.00). But Valle Crucis is free to enter from Nov to Mar. Other larger historic houses will be about 7.00 ($12.00) or you can buy annual membership to the National Trust for about 52 ($83) which allows you to visit all of the historic buildings under their care in Scotland, England and Wales without paying anything further.




  3. Cee Neuner November 13, 2013 / 20:57

    Stunning!! Gorgeous reflections!


  4. sp174604 November 14, 2013 / 15:12

    Guessing this is an HDR image? What software did you use for post. Gorgeous composition–Looks like another place to add to my travel bucket list 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty November 14, 2013 / 15:18

      Yep it’s HDR. Currently I’m using PhotoMatix V5 beta and the new Contrast Optimizer algorithm. Post processing of the HDR image is NIK Color Efex Pro Contrast and then Glamour Glow. I brush the Glamour Glow on selectively, mainly the trees.


  5. seasiangirl November 14, 2013 / 15:16

    absolutely amazing photo- the just love the colours and reflections 😉


  6. vastlycurious.com November 21, 2013 / 01:44

    Prefer the darker image here. So serene !


    • Mike Hardisty November 21, 2013 / 08:39

      Valle Crucis closes between November and March each year. But you can still walk around the grounds. That’s when I prefer to visit. No tourists and you get the beautiful autumn colours, snow or early spring flowers.



      • vastlycurious.com November 21, 2013 / 23:55

        Loved it Mike!


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