Poem to heaven

The first time I saw this white wooden church

I gasped in amazement at its beauty.

Ljusterö sky copy

It started out as a simple chapel built in the 1700s —

And then in the mid-1800s, it was expanded

And the old clock tower replaced with a new one.

LJusterö front

The white wooden planking,

The delicate leaded windows —

Such simple and exquisite beauty

Iced with snow and love.

The lovely and talented RED has interviewed me. So, if you want to know more about me or my photography tips, then please do visit her and say hi. You can find her at Amazing Australian Adventures.

Ljusterö copy

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101 responses

  1. Don

    Love the way it kind of blends in with its surroundings. Beautiful church.

    January 7, 2013 at 15:57

  2. That is a beautiful building, and made all the more beautiful by the shot that you took. You are very talented Fiona…and I love to see your work.


    January 7, 2013 at 15:58

  3. Oh WOW… the last photo reminded me of the snowy house in Dr. Zhivago. So gorgeous!!

    January 7, 2013 at 16:03

  4. Pat

    This is such a beautiful church and looks fabulous in these snowy scenes.

    January 7, 2013 at 16:07

  5. I keep picturing this as a jigsaw puzzle and I am loving it!

    January 7, 2013 at 16:16

  6. A lovely church indeed, Fiona! and beautiful captures as always! I love how it fits so perfectly into its snowy world! Hope you have a great week!

    January 7, 2013 at 16:18

  7. Great shots! Very nice!:)

    January 7, 2013 at 16:22

  8. Wow—love that old church.. AND—with all of that snow surrounding it, that even makes the photo more appealing… Gorgeous, Fiona… Thanks for sharing…

    January 7, 2013 at 16:57

  9. It is such a beautiful church and it has a long history. Beautiful shots!

    January 7, 2013 at 17:06

  10. Stunning photos!

    January 7, 2013 at 17:08

  11. Hudson Howl

    I really would like to get up close and personal to the textures of it’s outer skin and layers. Did you? It has the look of a ‘sagdious lady’. I always view and think of churches more of feminime rather than masculine -would that be correct or proper?

    January 7, 2013 at 17:15

  12. wow…so magical…especially against the pristine snow….what a cool little place…would love to visit and maybe even learn a bit of its history….

    January 7, 2013 at 17:27

  13. This is absolutely beautiful, and what a pleasure it must have been to photograph it.
    Happy Monday to you!

    January 7, 2013 at 17:33

  14. Hello Lady Fi!
    Your photos are beautiful.
    They are like the enchanted land.
    I send greetings

    January 7, 2013 at 17:41

  15. That is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s made more so by its simplicity and clean lines. Breathtaking images, Fiona!

    January 7, 2013 at 17:46

  16. TexWisGirl

    that church is absolutely beautiful.

    January 7, 2013 at 18:06

  17. Truly Exquisite!

    January 7, 2013 at 18:07

  18. That is such a beautiful church! It is so unique and interesting. I would have gasped in amazement as well!

    January 7, 2013 at 18:14

  19. onceupona

    Gorgeous architecture! Fitting right in with your wintered theme. And I went to visit Amazing Australian Adventures and was reminded of some of the red themed pictures you’ve taken over the years. Lovely! Thank you for the link and the lovely pics here today! A veritable feast! cheers, Danette

    January 7, 2013 at 18:23

  20. And I gasped at this photograph! You definitely did justice to this amazing structure:-)

    January 7, 2013 at 19:21

  21. It’s beautiful, dreamy… perfect place for a small wedding. Love the snow… not to mention your editing, beautiful enhanced! =)

    January 7, 2013 at 19:46

  22. Fi, I love the pictures of the little church. Its so pretty covered in a dusting of snow!

    January 7, 2013 at 20:10

  23. AS

    Great snaps ..:)

    January 7, 2013 at 20:32

  24. It’s indeed very beautiful, and captured very well too!

    January 7, 2013 at 20:46

  25. Bob

    Beautiful isn’t it?

    January 7, 2013 at 21:23

  26. What a wonderful place!

    January 7, 2013 at 21:35

  27. The first photograph is wonderful; the others are too, but I love that one best.

    January 7, 2013 at 21:48

  28. Oh it is stunning!!

    January 7, 2013 at 22:46

  29. gorgeous!

    January 7, 2013 at 23:04

  30. Looking at these pictures make me gasp! Beautiful as always Lady Fi!

    January 7, 2013 at 23:46

  31. What an interesting structure. Beautiful! Now I am off to read your interview. How exciting!

    January 7, 2013 at 23:59

  32. I’m so honoured to have interviewed you! Thank you so much for the opportunity – and for mentioning it here! Although it DOES seem a little ironic that it’s in a wonderfully icy setting when we are struggling through a heatwave with temperatures so far up to 45C!! I’m also endlessly fascinated by the monochrome look of snowscapes – so your post was a real treat on several counts!! Thanx again!!

    January 8, 2013 at 01:03

  33. That is an incredible sight. Thank you so much. I am now off to read your interview.

    January 8, 2013 at 01:30

  34. really wonderful

    from Waikiki,
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >

    January 8, 2013 at 01:46

  35. What a gorgeous old building, and made even more beautiful by her winter coat!

    January 8, 2013 at 01:49

  36. Amazingly Beautiful! Happy New Year!

    January 8, 2013 at 02:07

  37. Iced with snow and love – indeed it is. Very beautiful!

    January 8, 2013 at 02:13

  38. The first time I saw your photo of this old church I gasped at its beauty. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in person! Congrats on your interview!

    January 8, 2013 at 03:44

  39. The church is indeed beautiful. You have captured it very well.

    January 8, 2013 at 05:47

  40. Definitely an amazing scene! Very snow-y … I miss the snow!

    January 8, 2013 at 06:57

  41. So lovely and peaceful!

    January 8, 2013 at 07:01

  42. Lew

    Indeed! The old churches are a beauty to behold (and photograph)! In winter this one is even more special.

    January 8, 2013 at 07:22

  43. Awesome photos and the church looks unique in the snow clad planks! love this post

    January 8, 2013 at 08:16

  44. It is a church of great beauty. Even the lamp is beautiful!

    January 8, 2013 at 08:42

  45. WAU – where some beautiful picture. Wish you a good day:) Hanne Bente

    January 8, 2013 at 08:47

  46. What a nice house The house goes well the snowvv:)

    January 8, 2013 at 10:19

  47. What a lovely church, the steeple is beautiful. And the winter white is gorgeous. Gorgeous images, Lady Fi! Have a happy week!

    January 8, 2013 at 11:05

  48. I agree what a beautiful building that seems to have been designed to look even more beautiful in the winter white


    January 8, 2013 at 11:33

  49. That is a darling little chapel! OK, so I’m an atheist but I still can appreciate beauty!

    January 8, 2013 at 13:12

  50. It’s a lovely chapel, and the photos are glorious studies in subtle colour and tone.

    January 8, 2013 at 13:22

  51. Great structure and you’ve captured it well.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    January 8, 2013 at 13:23

  52. Simply wow!

    January 8, 2013 at 13:30

  53. Nice pictures, great white and soft tones. Greetings.

    January 8, 2013 at 13:31

  54. Greetings from snowy East Finland and thank you for stopping by!
    We have too wooden churches here but I have never seen white one. those photos are really beautiful.
    Happy 2013 to you and yours!

    January 8, 2013 at 13:50

  55. That was beautiful pictures and an interesting story. Thank you for nice comment on my blog. Have a great week.

    January 8, 2013 at 14:02

  56. Simple beauty with great angles.

    January 8, 2013 at 14:20

  57. The church is charming and I love the winter shots you took of it.

    January 8, 2013 at 14:33

  58. Magnificent photography and fascinating post ~

    A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

    Lovely to have you ‘visit’.

    January 8, 2013 at 14:42

  59. amazingly beautiful.:)

    January 8, 2013 at 15:19

  60. That has to be next year’s Christmas card.

    January 8, 2013 at 15:30

  61. Amazing structure with snow all around.

    January 8, 2013 at 16:59

  62. It is indeed beautiful. The snow blanketing everything, tombstones sticking out is magical.

    Bedight (using my wordpress account)

    January 8, 2013 at 18:05

  63. I think I have never seen a white church ! It’s beautiful especially in the snow !

    January 8, 2013 at 18:05

  64. Stunning!

    January 8, 2013 at 18:48

  65. daryledelstein

    what a beauty .. off to read all about you

    January 8, 2013 at 20:24

  66. the purity is astounding. simply beautiful. wishing you a glorious, healthful new year Fiona.

    January 8, 2013 at 20:31

  67. Like a fairy tale, wonderful church and stunning winter mood photos

    January 8, 2013 at 20:46

  68. Beautiful church in winter wonderland. I had lots of fun reading interview.

    January 8, 2013 at 21:31

  69. thank you for sharing such a beautiful old building
    such a joy to see!

    January 8, 2013 at 22:20

  70. Do I remember this church from a previous shot? I so love the architectural details – and the frosting of snow.

    January 9, 2013 at 00:51

  71. Oh my, that is a beautiful church, and the snow really makes for a wonderful scene.

    January 9, 2013 at 01:35

  72. When I first glimpsed this photo I said to myself…”Oh, my.” Simply heavenly and quite beautiful to boot.

    January 9, 2013 at 03:19

  73. What a lovely scene… So perfectly captured! You’re right, it’s a fascinating and stunning church.

    January 9, 2013 at 04:03

  74. That is a beautiful church.

    January 9, 2013 at 05:03

  75. I gasped in amazement with its beauty and dignity, and your photos with words, too.

    January 9, 2013 at 10:29

  76. some one needs to fix the roof before it falls

    January 9, 2013 at 11:26

  77. JM

    Great photos of this beautiful church.

    January 9, 2013 at 12:43

  78. You might have gasped at the church, but I am gasping at the colors and processing of your capture. Absolutely gorgeous choices!

    January 9, 2013 at 15:01

  79. So beautiful under the blanket of snow!

    January 9, 2013 at 15:30

  80. Straight out of a beautiful children’s storybook…just perfection. It was fun to see you over there in Oz-land …you interview very well!

    January 9, 2013 at 16:05

  81. imac

    Stunningly beautiful, and the light was just perfect too.

    January 9, 2013 at 17:50

  82. Beautiful building, especially when decorated with snow.

    January 9, 2013 at 18:39

  83. Stunning:-)

    January 9, 2013 at 18:54

  84. · Fantastic photos but the first one is… the most, it’s wonderful.
    · I see Oscar is very glad playing with snow

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    January 9, 2013 at 19:24

  85. Simply and utterly equisite!!

    January 9, 2013 at 21:38

  86. OOpps, I mean EXQUISITE

    January 9, 2013 at 21:38

  87. beautiful place..especially in the winter! Great Photos:)

    January 9, 2013 at 23:17

  88. What an incredibly beautiful church!!!

    January 10, 2013 at 00:16

  89. Beautiful….white on white…hard to get that in a photo without over exposure and you did!!….I read the interview on the Australian Adventure blog, I guess after looking at so many of your pics I was so curious about you…..loved the interview and your photos.

    January 10, 2013 at 03:06

  90. postcard perfect! i love this snow-covered, old church…looks romantic,. too.

    January 10, 2013 at 07:01

  91. I’ll be sure to read this interview tonight:-)

    January 10, 2013 at 15:39

  92. This is heaven!

    January 10, 2013 at 23:01

  93. Wonderful interview!! :):)
    And this church brings angels to mind and choirs. Beautiful.

    January 11, 2013 at 01:12

  94. What lovey photos… and blog!

    January 11, 2013 at 03:14

  95. I’ve been admiring your beautiful header, watching the alternating photos. Also loved these shots of the church with steeple. Marvelous, Lady Fi. I’m glad I’ve found your blog. ~Lori from Wisconsin, USA.

    January 11, 2013 at 05:45

  96. Wow! You always do take such beautiful photos.

    January 11, 2013 at 08:09

  97. What a beautiful church.
    The sky and the light were with you at that moment.

    January 11, 2013 at 13:49

  98. A beautiful church indeed, captured beautifully by your skilled photography. Amazing it has withstood so many Swedish winters! With the snow on it, it almost looks like an ornate wedding cake! I especially love those windows.

    January 11, 2013 at 16:10

  99. What a beautiful old building–looks even lovlier against the snowy backdrop!

    January 11, 2013 at 18:33

  100. The white church does look heavenly. You’ve got some fab pictures here.:)

    January 29, 2013 at 18:58

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