Here is the third installment dealing with the Stone Church or Butter Church on Comiaken Hill. The first two parts, here and here, have us looking at it from a distance and bring out its picturesque qualities and setting. For this show I have moved in closer (as I threatened to do in one of the earlier installments). It was an early morning and rather cool and the sunshine which I had waited for that morning seemed to make it colder.
For starters I walked up the footpath and stairs that lead up Comiaken Hill from Tzouhalem Road. At the foot sits the watcher who has been there for some time.
Arriving at the top we face the east side of this one and a half century old building just as that early morning sun sets it ablaze with shades of orange and yellow.
From here we move to the front of the building. It faces south.
And on to the west side of the building.
And on to the back where during its ten years of service the altar stood.
It amazes me time and time again how the light of the early day (or late day) totally changes the coloring of whatever it touches. The building stone is a sandstone that was quarried pretty well right there. The color really is a slate grey. Let us go inside. Here the camera runs in a bit of trouble. An HDR application should come in handy now to show it all properly. However bravely we move on realizing that my camera handles the range of detail better than the old printfilm could have done.
Time to turn around and walk out of the opening for the front door. My hands are very cold and hopefully things are warming up outside.
The place is very nicely maintained, beautifully quiet on this Saturday morning with views of the bay to the east, the river to the south, and the little graveyard looking west. In short it was an exhilarating hour and a half on the top of Comiaken Hill.
Here is a short history link: http://www.oocities.org/cowbaybook/church.html