London skies

We arrived back yesterday so the house is full of unpacked cases and tired kids.

Of course, I have to keep my priorities straight by showing you some of the lovely dramatic skies that met us on our trip to England.

We had a fabulous day in London

And heard Big Ben tolling the hour.

The tower and spiky turrets against the dark clouds

Gave the buildings a wonderful Gothic feeling.

Peeking around the corner from the Houses of Parliament

Was the newly cleaned Westminster Chapel.

And, of course, with the Olympics starting on Friday

The view of London Bridge (and The Shard on the right)

Seems highly appropriate.

For more Gothic views, please visit: Skywatch.

93 responses

  1. hello, lady fi… the Big Ben is welcoming you and your company, is why. it’s tolling harder than usual, didn’t you hear? ^^ “of course, i have to keep my priorities straight.” lol, you remember us, soon enough. between the blaring Olympics and your faithful readers, i guess there’s no question as to which holds more value, haha…

    btw, i love your first photo – it really gives out the gothic feeling, one feels that the Addams family is coming out any minute now, lols… and, it’s my first time to behold the London Bridge (in a photo) in that distance – not so huge and imposing. just the right proportion and perspective, huh? thank you for posting… you and your love ones have a great time in London! regards 😉

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    July 26, 2012 at 12:03

    • We’re back home in Sweden now. Thanks.

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      July 26, 2012 at 12:25

  2. Lovely picture of London:) Enjoy the Olympics:)

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    July 26, 2012 at 12:07

    • I’m back in Sweden now so will only be following them on the TV.

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      July 26, 2012 at 12:22

  3. lindyloumacinitaly

    Loved seeing the London skyline through your camera lens.

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    July 26, 2012 at 12:29

  4. Pat

    Wonderful shots of these marvelous old landmarks against that dramatic sky!

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    July 26, 2012 at 14:12

  5. Don

    The images are wonderful. London is such a special place – my favourite city. Those skies are magnificent. They remind me of Turner’s work. I don’t think any other artist has caught the skies of England like him.

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:19

  6. Fantastic capture and the cloudy sky rocks! You should have been there checking the opening of Olympics… but glad u could check the city on nearing the grand competition.

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:24

  7. Jim

    Wonderful shots of beautiful architecture!

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:32

  8. oh wow these are gorgeous….i so want to go and you gave me a little more reason to want to…welcome home and i hope that life settles back well for you….so cool though…

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:46

  9. beautiful skies and the Shard looks fabulous.

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:50

  10. What amazing shots, love them, thanks for sharing them with us, and letting some of the excitement our way.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    July 26, 2012 at 15:58

  11. Spectacular!!!

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:06

  12. Wow, it’s a great place to walk around. There are many architecture which I have to see.

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:06

  13. Awesome. You got some really lovely shots of London. Enjoyed. Hope to see more.

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:09

  14. Gorgeous photos! Enjoy your time!

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:14

  15. ~~~Oooo, Big Ben.

    How Magical!

    London is like a storybook character. xxx

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:30

  16. These are beautiful (and dramatic) shots of the sky framed by those London landmarks.

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:31

  17. Sylvia Kirkwood

    I love your captures for the day, Fiona! The shot of Big Ben is fantastic! Hope you had a great trip, but I’m sure it feels good to be home again! Enjoy your weekend!

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    July 26, 2012 at 16:35

  18. Beautiful photos. Very good catches of London cloud, I like those beautiful colors of the sky. Greetings.

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    July 26, 2012 at 17:24

  19. London is so beautiful with your fantastic photos! I am glad you’re home and doing well after such a long trip!

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    July 26, 2012 at 17:33

  20. Hi There, Beautiful photos of London. I know that people there are very excited now due to the Olympics. I am going to watch as much of it as I can…. I always enjoy them!!!!!

    Get some rest as you unpack…
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 26, 2012 at 17:34

  21. TexWisGirl

    love those first couple of shots. hope you can get caught up from vacation!

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    July 26, 2012 at 17:34

  22. Great views of London, the skies look ominous though, hope you didn’t get caught in a downpour.

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    July 26, 2012 at 18:36

  23. Verrry Gothic!!! and doesn’t Westminster Chapel look lovely?!!!

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    July 26, 2012 at 18:45

  24. Ok someone needs to buy these photos for you for a gothic London calendar!

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    July 26, 2012 at 19:50

  25. Well, we’ve certainly had the weather for dramatic skies!

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    July 26, 2012 at 19:58

  26. Beautiful shots! Loved the last!

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    July 26, 2012 at 20:09

  27. Bob

    Good old London. Don’t mention the Olympics!!!!!!!!!

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    July 26, 2012 at 21:14

  28. It is such a nice skypost!

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    July 26, 2012 at 21:34

  29. I´ve never been to London. But we often see shots from it. I think your shots is somehow unique. 🙂

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    July 26, 2012 at 23:02

  30. Ah, I read above that you are back home, Fiona. Smart you. I was going to ask whether you were a fan of the Olympics, since not being fond of big crowds, no amount of money could you get me to London this month. But I’m happy to see these moody images of iconic London again through your talented lens. Hope you and yours had a lovely home visit.

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    July 26, 2012 at 23:02

  31. Al

    Wonderful photos, I really need to revisit England some time soon. But not during the Olympics!

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    July 26, 2012 at 23:19

  32. Wonderful shots of the sky and architecture in London.

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    July 27, 2012 at 00:22

  33. Fantastic shots! I like the first one the best the with dramatic clouds looming over Big Ben.

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    July 27, 2012 at 01:08

  34. Your first two shots show the impressive size and age of these amazing biuldings!

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    July 27, 2012 at 01:19

  35. Wow!Great shot of London.

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    July 27, 2012 at 01:21

  36. Welcome home! Lovely pictures — thanks for keeping your priorities straight ;>)))!

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    July 27, 2012 at 01:33

  37. I always love to see such wonderful architecture. Thanks for sharing. Now go unpack!

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    July 27, 2012 at 01:39

  38. Great pictures Lady Fi

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    July 27, 2012 at 02:01

  39. wow, that shot of Big Ben is awesome! What a joy it must have been to see all of these sights, you’ve captured them beautifully. happy week to you Fiona.

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    July 27, 2012 at 02:36

  40. Looks so dramatic! And I guess you got out of London just in time before the craziness of the Olympics!

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    July 27, 2012 at 03:29

  41. You just take really magnificent pictures.. 😀

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    July 27, 2012 at 04:07

  42. My mom and sister just went to London!

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    July 27, 2012 at 04:41

  43. onceupona

    beautiful shots. Hope you didn’t get rained on too much and so glad we ranked in your list of priorities. -Danette

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    July 27, 2012 at 05:41

  44. smashing shots!

    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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    July 27, 2012 at 05:44

  45. Captured so beautifully! Have a happy weekend and happy sky watching.

    Sky shots. at my page, your comment will be greatly appreciated.

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    July 27, 2012 at 06:42

  46. Jim

    The new skyscraper looks quite impressive.

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    July 27, 2012 at 07:03

  47. Fi, thanks for the great views of London. I have never been there but wished I could have gone in my younger days. – Dave

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    July 27, 2012 at 07:10

  48. Virkelig flotte bilder!

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    July 27, 2012 at 07:30

  49. great pictures

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    July 27, 2012 at 08:04

  50. Wonderful shots. Love the composition with the sky in the background.

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    July 27, 2012 at 08:08

  51. great pics of lovely London skies 🙂
    Please see mine at: http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2012/07/sky-watchover-naini-lake.html
    –your latest follower

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    July 27, 2012 at 08:25

  52. Great pictures…I thought you would stay over the Olympics?

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    July 27, 2012 at 09:22

    • No. I don’t like crowds and have got a wedding to go to here in Sweden.

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      July 27, 2012 at 09:44

  53. dramatic and moody sky compliments the architecture very well

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    July 27, 2012 at 10:14

  54. Welcome home!
    London calling. 😉

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    July 27, 2012 at 11:47

  55. I think you may have left just in time! See the sights, take some very good picture and go before the whole place goes crazy! Good plan. SM

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    July 27, 2012 at 11:49

  56. Great composition and post processing. I’ve been post processing my grey skies a lot recently, but this week is an exception as the sun came out with a properly blue sky.

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    July 27, 2012 at 12:35

  57. Great cloudy skies, specially the first photo is great.

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    July 27, 2012 at 12:49

  58. Some great skies!! Unpacking is the most boring part of any vacation…

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    July 27, 2012 at 14:16

  59. indrani

    Great perspectives. Looks like there may be some drama in the sky.

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    July 27, 2012 at 14:20

  60. JM

    Great shots of my favourite European city! Can’t wait for the opening ceremony tonight.

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    July 27, 2012 at 15:31

  61. Hi Fiona, good idea to get home before the games begin. I love to watch them, but like you from the comfort of my sofa and with many cups of tea that I don’t have to pay mega dollars for! Not to mention the crowds. Sounds like you had a fun visit though, your daughter and Oscar were very mischievous in the previous post, fun times. Fabulous images of London, so much history there, looking forward to seeing more. I bet Oscar was pleased to see you home, hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    July 27, 2012 at 15:46

  62. Welcome home! I am sure Oscar is happy to be home too. Your photos are beautiful..I look forward to more as time goes by:)

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    July 27, 2012 at 15:52

  63. The clouds were a perfect backdrop, Fi – the Shard looks like it’s piercing one of them. I’ve heard it’s been rainy in England. Enjoy the rest of your summer back home. Was Oscar glad to see you all?

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    July 27, 2012 at 16:52

  64. You have a great eye. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    July 27, 2012 at 16:53

  65. How beautiful. Some cities are just beautiful.

    Pearl

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    July 27, 2012 at 17:01

  66. Wonderfully dramatic shots of iconic scenes!

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    July 27, 2012 at 17:25

  67. Phenomenal skies.

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    July 27, 2012 at 21:13

  68. Beautiful architecture and amazing blue sky! Have a great weekend!

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    July 27, 2012 at 22:00

  69. So much has changed since I was last in London. It looks so different. Love your picture of Big Ben and the sky. The perspective is great. Also, Westminster Chapel really does look clean. I bet that was a big job. Thanks for a walk down memory lane. genie

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    July 28, 2012 at 01:19

  70. such GORGEOUS images!

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    July 28, 2012 at 02:12

  71. Hello! Thanks for dropping by my place. I would love to go to London some day. I work for a doctor and he and his family have spent 3 Thanksgvings there. They love it!

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    July 28, 2012 at 02:21

  72. fantastic images, so striking against the gorgeous sky, gothic indeed! Glad you had a good trip.

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    July 28, 2012 at 03:47

  73. I was actually in London on Thursday and went from there to Stonehenge. Now I am staying for a week in Eastbourne with friends !

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    July 28, 2012 at 10:22

  74. These pictures are amazing. Take me to England with you the next time you go. ; )

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    July 28, 2012 at 11:27

  75. jcosmonewbery

    You have good eye – they are lovely photos.

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    July 28, 2012 at 13:23

  76. Wow! Welcome back! Pictures are gorgeous as always and I’m tuned! 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    July 28, 2012 at 18:03

  77. I think the dark clouds really made for some wonderful photos as usual.

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    July 29, 2012 at 02:43

  78. Ben is looking good 🙂
    wonderful dramatic skies

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    July 29, 2012 at 13:57

  79. Fantastic!

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    July 29, 2012 at 16:26

  80. Beautiful city, fairy-tale clouds in the sky. I am greeting

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    July 29, 2012 at 20:52

  81. These are great. I love the designs.

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    July 30, 2012 at 02:42

  82. Super shots of these gorgeous buildings!

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    July 30, 2012 at 09:13

  83. Very dramatic photos Fi, specially the last one – Dave

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    July 30, 2012 at 11:28

  84. These are wonderful.
    I especially love the first one.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    July 31, 2012 at 01:42

  85. Wonderful moody sky.

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    July 31, 2012 at 04:00

  86. Fantastic photos!!

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    August 1, 2012 at 06:26

  87. Fantastic photos!.
    Thank you for your visit and comment.
    I’m very happy.
    Lucja

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    August 9, 2012 at 09:27

  88. Pingback: Beautiful London skies « Spectacular Sentience

  89. I’ve just now scrolled down and up and seen all of your lovely photos! I enjoyed much to see London, I remember I visited Embankment one time, I should have gone and visit that City, but… I’m slow ;D

    Thanks for sharing all these photos here, I enjoyed much to see them! 🙂

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    August 14, 2012 at 01:00

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