Birth of Mankind

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This is a frieze over the West Doorway of the Washington National Cathedral named Ex Nihilo, which translates as “out of nothing,” this carving dramatically shows life emerging from the void. Partially formed figures of men and women seem to be emerging from the swirling background. — Words that are written on the wall of Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC.

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Completed in 1982, Hart’s depiction of the birth of mankind is considered one of the most important commissions of religious sculpture in the 20th century. The tympanum above the central door features half-formed figures of men and women emerging from the void. Beneath stands the figure of Adam, his eyes not yet open and his body not fully freed from the surrounding stone. The north tympanum depicts the Creation of Day, and the south tympanum depicts the Creation of Night.

A frieze is a decorative band, usually above a doorframe or on the wall near the ceiling. I personally find them to be a true piece of artwork.

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A truly elaborate piece of art that adorns on of America's most prominent Cathedrals.



It has been a gloriously beautiful day. In the midst of fall nipping at our heels, the sun shone brightly, almost making me forget that it was mid-October. I will admit, there was a forlornness about it all. Like that kiss goodbye that we knew was coming, sweet and lovely, but, deep inside it would look different to you.

And then, I remember that I should be grateful for these small things in life. Those moments of joy are fleeting and hardly remembered, but, for the moment. Oh, yes. Sweet Jesus.



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My fascination with flowers is probably the worst kept secret. Well, of course, after my favorite tree. Being the first, mayhap. There is just something about them, their voices heard, like a soft whisper in my head. Oh, my lovely blooms, how do I love thee? Am I really able to count the ways? There can be no such thing as redundancy when speaking about beauty. How can there ever be too much? Let's make this shot all about flowers. There must always be flowers. This picture is dedicated to #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra who colors my world every day.

To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted... Ecclesiastes 3:1


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This post is dedicated to #SepiaSturday with @Old-Guy-Photos. Time to put them up! Let's do it!


This is the Bay Bridge, a dual-span bridge in the state of Mayland, right out of Annapolis (home of the United States NavalAcadamy!) It connects the Chesapeake Bay, connecting the rural Eastern Shore with the urban Western Shore. Opening in 1952, it was 4.3 miles (6.9 km), and at the time, was the world's longest continuous over-water steel structure. It is considered part of the Washington, DC metro area and gets backed up with traffic during the summer as we head for the beaches!

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I am not sure how it started, but I always put this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why my post doesn't look complete without it.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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WOW that Frieze is amazing the detail in it had my eyes roving all over it

The flowers are beautiful, and I love that sepia shot works so well for bridges like those two

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Thank you so much for your kind and overly generous comment! I do love this Frieze and it is more stunning in person.

Seriously.

I do love bridges, but you remain king there and I just follow your lead in trying to get those lines right. ;) Thanks again for stopping by and checking it out and I wish you a most amazing night!

Happy Saturday!

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I would love to see it in person someday :) and no I was not overly generous I never well maybe seldom am, I just say it as I see it

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and have a super Sunday

If you ever go to Annapolis, which is a beautiful city, but, very much eels old-timey New England. And of course, you would love it!

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Based on those shots and what you say about it i know I would love it ;)

I have no doubt about it!

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Good morning Have a great day :)

Hehe!! Walked and watered! :)

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That Ex Nihilo is a pretty good rendering of how it may have happened. But omg that sepia of the bridge Wow! I really love that shot. It is truly wall worth!!! So sweet with the clouds and all. It always makes my day to see you in the tags!

Oh it was very pretty out today, but sadly, pretty chilly as well. Glad you still have it nice there. Keep it that way!!! ;)

Thank you! I will catch a few more bridges in the next few weeks! Although, the hometown bridge is always the favorite. :)

It connects me with the Shore House.

It was really nice out today, sunny and all, but, if it turns cold, I will run away from home and go find somewhere nice. You know how I like to do that once in a while. :)

Thank you for stopping in and saying hello and i hope that tomorrow is a sun-shiney day for you!

Happy #SepiaSaturday!

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Ah yes this post is triple attack! I didn’t know that’s what the door top sculptures were called. What a piece that is.

Loving those flowers is so essential to survival as a species with our beloved bees needing them.

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I learn something new here on Steemit every single day! I do!! I am glad I could show it to you!!! That makes my day! It is a stunning piece of sculpture work!

I am with you on that and the flowers... Our bees love them and need them for their survival. I would gladly keep planting if it will help them.

Thank you for the always awesome comment @zekepickleman! You rock!

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wow.,..Amazing !
The flowers are beautiful, and I love that sepia shot works so well for bridges like those two

Thanks so much for the wonderful words! I thank you for the great support and your kind words.

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All three shots very nice @dswigle.
Something different for you this time.
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Thank you so very much for the kind words and support! That is very beautiful! Do you know what it is called?

Thznk you for stopping by!

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Its a Paddle Plant(Kalanchoe luciae).
It was in my friend's succulent garden.

Wow! It is extremely cool looking! Thank you!!!

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Thank you! Saturday was an wonderful day, so full of beauty and peace! I hope yours was too!

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Beautiful photos, @dswigle. The bay bridge picture is really magestic!

Thank you so much, @Jayna! The bridge is one of my favorite with her graceful lines and curvature! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello!

I wish you a most wonderful day! Happy Sunday!

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That frieze is wonderful @dswigle! The detail incredible, imagine the energy it took to achieve those tiny details. Quite a vision! As fot the bridge, I can't imagine being backed up in traffic for hours, yikes although at sunset the view would be tremendous. As always, beautiful flowers my friend! Happy Sunday!

That bridge isn't too bad as the Eastern Shore is where my other house is and is nothing but beach and country living! It is connected by Annapolis and the Eastern Shore. I can say that they run a reverse line every day, giving the traffic side of the bridge the extra lane to keep it moving. That helps a lot.

The only time it was bad was when a truck went off the bridge one morning and I sat four cars back from where he was for 7 hours (in the middle of the bridge)while they retrieved the truck. Whenever there is a fatality or a suspected one, they close the bridge and there you sit.

Thank you, as always for stopping by and gracing the post with your always kind words!Hope all is well in the Birdhouse today! Happy Sunday to you!

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What else to say ... another lesson. Thanks!

Haha! Good morning from here, Dan! @bluemoon

I do love this kind of art! I hope your Sunday went well and you are enjoying the peace of the weekend!

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Good afternoon from me. The weekend is almost over, there was a great commotion in my city, Iasi, but unfortunately I didn't have time to catch the events.

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Thank you! ... thank you.

Apreciada amiga,hoy siendo Domingo la vine a visitar,y su hermoso trabajo puedo admirar,la primera imagen muy bonita ,es como barroca y las flores con mucho colorido deleitaron mis ojos,feliz Domingo madre ,que la bendicion de Dios y su paz este con todos nosotros,saludos

That frieze is stunning. I'll pay more attention to friezes from now on.
Thanks for packing so much beauty into one short post! I can just come to your blog when I need an uplift, guaranteed. xo

What a beautiful piece of artwork, amazing detail there! I share your love of flowers, always enjoy your photos, these are stunning @dswigle!

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That's a really neat piece! Yeah, we really all are just birthed out of primordial ooze, eh? I like it.

That is a pretty unusual depiction of the birth of mankind!... a bit disturbing in a way, it appears that we are like spawns of chaos!

That's a very elaborate and powerful piece! It represents well the struggle of human kind to survive. 😮

That's such a powerful work! I got chills just now :)

Thank you so much, Ross! @rossfletcher I just love the Frieze! I feel that way every time I step into this Cathedral, which incidentally, is where George Bush (and many other presidents) have their funerals. I did a post long ago on it but will have to do another on it as it is a really interesting place.

I thank you for stopping over and saying hello, leaving your words behind! Happy Sunday to you!

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: ) :) I'm having a loss of words. Thank you so much.

Hehe! Some days, I am at a loss for words. Believe it or not. :)

Ha! I'm not sure i believe that :) :)

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Thank you very very much :)