A few months ago, before we moved back home to Australia from the UK, I wandered the streets of London for a final visit. The light is so subdued in England with the thick cloud cover that it actually makes for easy photography. Generally, English colours seem soft and muted compared with the colours in Australia.
One can only imagine how many tonnes of Portland stone it took to make this iconic cathedral. In one way, it is very busy with such a lot of intricate detail and carving, but the uniformity of colour brings the whole project together with a lovely, glowing warmth.
Christopher Wren's St Paul's is a relatively new cathedral for London, built after the medieval building was destroyed in the Great Fire. It is amazing to think that most of the skills involved in building it have been lost to us a few hundred years later.
Even the wood and iron work seems to tone in perfectly with the stone.
I find these large architectural masterpieces quite overwhelming. Where do you start to explore or appreciate them? It's quite good to take photos and revisit them months later to see what they hold. I was quite struck by the overall harmony of the exterior despite the seemingly endless detail.