Simplicity, enhanced

A couple of weekends ago, I fell in love. Head over heels.

With this enchanting church in Ljusterö. (Try getting your tongue around that!)

Yes – this is the same church featured in my previous post…

Magical skies are the only decoration this simple wooden building needs.

The tower is framed with bare branches,

The setting sun lights up the snow,

A feeling of serenity falls.

The world is breathing in harmony.

There is no need to try to create a perfect world.

Just celebrate the one we already have.

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71 responses

  1. It actually looks kind of spooky to me now. I love your skies and how they make things in your world appear differently!

    January 27, 2011 at 14:06

  2. oh, I love , very very much. I adore church photos for some reason, this is wondrous.

    January 27, 2011 at 14:14

  3. Gwen

    Wow, that is gorgeous. What a lovely church.

    January 27, 2011 at 14:22

  4. The glow of the sun on the snow is beautiful. The church is wonderful and the setting very serene.

    January 27, 2011 at 14:28

  5. I certainly don’t mind seeing more of this church…it is fascinating! The steeple just draws my attention…so original. What is the name of it, so I can google it and find out the history behind it?
    I hope you have a great day my dear!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 14:33

    • This is Ljusterö Church, a little to the north-east of Stockholm in the archipelago, on an island.

      January 27, 2011 at 15:49

  6. Lordy, that’s a magnificent church!

    January 27, 2011 at 15:02

  7. Your photography and your writing are both tonics for the soul. And tonics are very, very welcome here!

    January 27, 2011 at 15:25

  8. straight out of a fairy tale!

    January 27, 2011 at 15:27

  9. I completely understand your infatuation…the church is ethereal and tranquil.
    There is a certain feel of purity over it – the blue and the white in perfect harmony.
    Your images are as always breathtaking.;)

    January 27, 2011 at 16:04

  10. It makes me think of that magical house (and scene) in Dr. Zhivago. The one that he and Laura live in during the winter. It’s one of those movie scenes that is forever stamped in my memory.

    January 27, 2011 at 16:05

  11. the girl from cherry blossom street

    What is it about churches that bring out the wicked in me?😉
    I love the last photo. Those branches look like bats all over the tower😉

    January 27, 2011 at 16:10

    • It’s like being attacked by the giggles at church – happened to me all the time as a kid.

      January 27, 2011 at 16:13

  12. I can see why you love this building. The architecture it quite lively and the surrounding landscape is equally lovely!

    January 27, 2011 at 16:27

  13. the light is perfect, like a halo…these really are gorgeous…love the branches too…

    January 27, 2011 at 16:42

  14. It really is like something out of a movie.

    January 27, 2011 at 17:04

  15. Ooh, I like the last photo especially!

    January 27, 2011 at 17:24

  16. WOW, Fi! I actually got chills looking at the steeple/branches photo. (And not because it’s darn cold here!) You have quite an eye for framing a scene.

    January 27, 2011 at 17:32

  17. What a gorgeous sky against the simply beautiful church!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 18:04

  18. Så otroligt vackert. Himlen är helt underbar. Och kyrkan är ett smycke!
    Hoppas du har det bra där uppe i kylan!

    My entry is here

    January 27, 2011 at 18:22

  19. I can easily see why you’re head over heels with this church. Its simplicity is appealing and the image is that of peacefulness.

    Happy weekend.

    January 27, 2011 at 18:40

  20. Such beautiful church,
    Great captures Lady Fi.
    Happy SWF and have a great weekend ahead.

    January 27, 2011 at 18:40

  21. I looked at both posts. That church has a “presence” that is very compelling. The snow, and the subtle colors, and the shape which is misleadingly simple are wonderful.

    Great pics. I love them.

    January 27, 2011 at 18:53

  22. I love these photos…love your words too…”There is no need to try to create a perfect world.

    Just celebrate the one we already have.” Perfect thoughts. XX

    January 27, 2011 at 19:02

  23. Ah, yes, it needs no further adornment. Very appealing!

    January 27, 2011 at 19:58

  24. It sure is a beautiful piece of architecture and your photos as always are enchanting.

    January 27, 2011 at 20:01

  25. We have a few splendid churches like that here in the Pacific North West, they always draw me to them — the simplicity of the structure perhaps, but the spiritual essence of the building speaks to my heart.

    Your photographs are fabulous, I went back in time looking over as many as possible but will be back — your children the wasp story,funny, and your sweet dog, and the scenery, a beautiful way to spend my morning, now back to my tasks.



    January 27, 2011 at 20:18

  26. Riet

    Beautiful church like I said the last time. I have something with churches, I love them all. Great photo’s and skies

    January 27, 2011 at 21:29

  27. What a lovely glow around the spire! Breathtaking as usual….

    January 27, 2011 at 22:08

  28. That church is incredible, fi – what beautiful photos

    January 27, 2011 at 22:14

  29. I can see why you are in love!

    January 28, 2011 at 02:49

  30. The church has me captivated, thanks to you. I think it is very grand yet inviting and warm.

    January 28, 2011 at 03:44

  31. No one says it better than you, my dear LadyFi! So much beauty, such a delightful church! You shine a light into the night, you have words that lift the soul and it is always a joy to visit your site each week! Thank you for sharing the beauty! Have a wonderful weekend!


    January 28, 2011 at 05:48

  32. Such a beautiful church, the snow around has enhanced the scene.

    January 28, 2011 at 06:21

  33. ohhh la la! talk about perfect lighting- gorgeous!

    January 28, 2011 at 06:58

  34. Is that a little graveyard around it? It looks so perfect, it could be a movie set. How charming.

    January 28, 2011 at 07:01

    • Yes, in Europe most churches come with graveyards.

      January 28, 2011 at 08:19

  35. Utrolig vakkert, og spesiellt den hvite kirka i vinterlandskap, virkelig flott. Det ser nesten ut tom om du har brukt en vidvinkel linse her jo, kjempeflott.

    God helg til deg fra meg.

    January 28, 2011 at 07:04

  36. lovely chursh and skies really “does it”
    thanks for your comment, the temperature was -10 ofcourseso I’ve changed that. Thanks for telling!!

    January 28, 2011 at 09:20

  37. i love the shades of blue and purple. the last photo is my favorite.

    January 28, 2011 at 09:33

  38. Seu mundo deliciosamente gelado tem imagens fascinantes!!! E tenhas a certeza de que o belo está nos olhos de quem vê e este seu olhar todo especial é que nos traduz tanta paz e harmonia… Esta graciosa igreja e este um belo cenário são cúmplices por nos trazer uma grande felicidade!
    Saudações cariocas!

    January 28, 2011 at 09:44

  39. I have no problem getting my tongue around that name, but then I’m a norwegian with much the same language:-)

    However, I quite agree: It is a beautiful piece of architecture set in charming surroundings.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:04

  40. AL

    WOW! It reminds of a fairytale story and one classic novel! I love it!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:19

  41. That church and it’s snowy surroundings are truly magnificent Fi – Dave

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32

  42. does the snow tempt people to sleep in and not go to church?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:45

    • No… we’re under snow for 4-5 months of the time, and the Swedes are used to it. Even I’m used to it after 14 years here!

      January 28, 2011 at 19:08

  43. Wonderful shots. I love the different angles used.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:06

  44. Beautiful church shots,i love the one with the snow covered bare branches.

    January 28, 2011 at 12:07

  45. It just oozes magic and mystery. I love it.

    January 28, 2011 at 13:04

  46. I love taking photos of churches and the beauty of a church yard – planing of doing a book about it in the future.

    So 2 small children and earplugs – well i have 3 and yes me to use ear-plugs.

    Take care,

    January 28, 2011 at 13:19

  47. Hi me again,

    what template do you use here on wordpress?

    January 28, 2011 at 13:19

    • It’s called Modularity Lite.

      January 28, 2011 at 19:05

  48. Oh I miss the Citykykran in Vasteras City. Great shots of the church.

    January 28, 2011 at 13:27

  49. You should make this church the subject of a Four Seasons series of images. Show it to us again in Spring, Summer and Fall.

    January 28, 2011 at 13:35

  50. It doesn’t look simple to me at all, except that I didn’t do anything to earn this vista. Simply gorgeous.

    January 28, 2011 at 14:04

  51. Gorgeous church, sky, trees and words. Beautiful post, thank you.:)

    January 28, 2011 at 15:44

  52. It is like the sky knew you were coming and gave you the perfect background for the pictures!

    January 28, 2011 at 16:08

  53. Beautiful church, serene setting and lovely sky.

    January 28, 2011 at 17:30

  54. Beautiful SkyWatch Photos, beautiful church
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 28

    January 28, 2011 at 18:10

  55. Vackert!

    January 28, 2011 at 18:48

  56. Wonderful church and so are your picture! Great sky too:-)
    Wish you a happy weekend!

    January 28, 2011 at 20:19

  57. Lovely pics of a lovely church in a lovely setting at a lovely time.

    If only I could think of the proper word to describe it all!!😉

    January 28, 2011 at 22:13

  58. I love it, too, Fi. It is wonderful.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    January 29, 2011 at 00:01

  59. So happy when someone like you takes the time to visit my blog. I am in awe at your photos. A wonderful post filled with some of the best from nature.

    January 29, 2011 at 00:25

  60. Livin' It Up Country

    Thanks for stopping in a for a visit – your pictures are fabulous! Love the little white church!

    January 29, 2011 at 07:41

  61. What a beautiful building and apparently a perfect day and time to take the pictures. Absolutely wonderful!

    January 29, 2011 at 13:24

  62. Ash

    Omg, this is STUNNING!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 14:15

  63. Absolutely beautiful…
    Stark white, lovely architecture!

    My Yatra Diary…

    January 29, 2011 at 14:22

  64. Beautiful church and lovely sky. Last shot is very dramatic.
    Thanks for dropping by, sorry for my late visit.

    January 31, 2011 at 02:45

  65. Wonderful shots !

    February 5, 2011 at 12:15

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