In Search of that Illusive Photo - My Adventures With Gargoyles

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In Search of that Illusive Photo - My Adventures With Gargoyles

I recently entered the Active Rain Photobloggers contest, and submitted a photo of a gargoyle I took on a visit to Paris several years ago.  I really hadn't looked at these photos, taken while visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, for quite some time.  They were filed away in my "Trip to Paris" file and were collecting cyberspace dust. 

Gargoyle - Paris - Notre Dame Cathedral


It was fun to open up this file and re-visit this day in my mind.  It was the middle of summer, and blistering hot.  We climbed the thousands of crooked, worn steps, but the closer we got to the gargoyles, the faster my heart started to beat.  My daughters complained all the way up, and said "oh, mum, not another "ABG" - their acronym for "Another Bloody Gargoyle"!  The obstacles in my way were the wired fences, obviously put in place to avoid such newspaper headlines as "Tourist Tumbles to Death Seeking Perfect Notre Dame Gargoyle Photo".  Certainly not good PR!  The scaffolding was also getting in the way - really, was it that important to hold up this medieval cathedral - really?...

Here are some photos that just couldn't be saved, due to all the obstacles in my lens.  The gargoyles that got away.

Gargoyle - Paris - Notre Dame Cathedral

I just love this grape eating bird, but posts, wires and people got in my way!

Gargoyle - Paris - Notre Dame Cathedral

Rats!  Safety Wires!

Gargoyle - Paris - Notre Dame Cathedral

Darn!  Scaffolding!

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
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I had a similar experience when I entered the photoblogging contest. Rather than take new photos, I reviewed my existing ones. I too took trips down memory lane.

May 04, 2011 05:44 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Samantha Davault
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Sally, these gargoyles are very interesting looking and scary.

May 04, 2011 05:52 PM #2
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Very cool photos nonetheless. Some very unique creatures-loved the grape-eating one.

May 04, 2011 05:53 PM #3
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
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Vickie - Just jumped over to check out your photoblobbing contest photo - Oh my!  That is quite the photo of the "Mesa Grill"!  Too funny.  Loved it!

Samantha - They really draw you in, don't they?  In a love/hate sort of way.

Michelle - I know, the grape-eating gargoyle is one of my favourite.  If I knew how to navigate Photoshop, I might be able to make some of the background disappear.

May 04, 2011 06:05 PM #4
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Sally - as cool as Gargoyles look - I hope you don't stage with them - lol!

May 04, 2011 10:31 PM #5
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Roger D. Mucci
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Gargoyles have always been fascinating to me Sally.  Many were used all over Manhattan and I loved finding them.  Great photos.

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May 04, 2011 11:13 PM #6
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
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Kristine - Oh!  Don't even go there!  They're great at the top of a 10 story building, but maybe not so great sitting on someone's fireplace mantle!  Yikes!

Roger - Why, don't look now, but I think one of those gargoyles just winked at you!  Oh yeh, Manhattan is rich with gargoyles - love it!

May 05, 2011 03:25 AM #7
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Anna Dovger
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I think the one that is next to the grape eater is kinda cute, I like his ears. LOL

May 05, 2011 12:11 PM #8
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Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
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Looks like someone has been to Europe to snap these great gargoyle photos.

May 05, 2011 12:50 PM #9
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Whoa - Anna!  Love the new photo!  OMG - you look 10 years younger!  That gargoyle is very cute -don't you just want to give him a good scratch under his chin?

Why, Ted, whatever gave you that impression?  Ha ha ha!

 

May 05, 2011 02:46 PM #10
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Sally Weatherley
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David - I believe the ABG is enjoying a delicious piece of coq au vin that he pinched from Le Jules Vernes restaurant.  Mon dieu!

May 05, 2011 03:06 PM #12
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David Stevens
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Sally - Gargoyles are fascinating - I wouldn't mind one on my mantelpiece, but my wife might  have something to say about that.

Cheers!

May 06, 2011 11:27 AM #13
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
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David - As your designer friend, take it from me - no, no, no gargoyles on your fireplace mantle!  Trust me on this!

May 06, 2011 02:28 PM #14
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Sally Weatherley
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Valerie - You will always be a great friend, comments or no comments!  I bet you have some amazing gargoyles in Ottawa with all those historic buildings. 

May 07, 2011 12:47 PM #16
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