Finding rainbows

Sometimes you can find beauty in the most unexpected places.

Entering the interior of Paris’ oldest church, Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres, once so mighty but now eclipsed by Notre Dame,

I was struck by the beauty of a humble set of chairs next to some ancient chipped pillars.

Chairs

The light from the stained glass window behind them

Transformed the chairs into miracles of colour and form

Rainbow chairs copy

And the floor, worn by centuries of visitors,

Became a dazzling thing of rainbow beauty.

(I have to say that out of all my Paris photos, these are some of my favourites.)

“The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.”
G. K. Chesterton

Rainbow floor_2 copy

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105 responses

  1. I LOVE these photos! So serene and the colors are subdued. Very nicely done.

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    April 15, 2013 at 15:47

  2. Lovely and thanks for sharing such a beautiful and historic place.

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    April 15, 2013 at 15:59

  3. What fantastic captures!! Miracles they are indeed! Such a beautiful, historic place indeed! Thank you for sharing and what a great start for my day!!!

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:02

  4. WOW!! These are gorgeous. I love your talent.

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:02

  5. Love these. I have a “thing” for stained glass.

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:23

  6. When least expected we’re given gifts. I am looking at these photos as I start a rainy/snowy day. Your images provide a rainbow for me to remember.

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:25

  7. Love the “rainbow” from the stained glass ~ beautiful photos!

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:30

  8. Fantastic! We can see beauty everywhere if only we can open our eyes to the unexpected..

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:33

  9. daryledelstein

    so beautiful ..and it reminds me of my friend Lauren’s church in Norwalk, CT!

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    April 15, 2013 at 16:52

  10. Suz

    Wow. Stunning!

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:03

  11. madiebeartri

    Truly lovely.🙂

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:05

  12. Oh I so agree…the reflection of colors breathtaking…you gave me visual joy as usual!

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:07

  13. Great photos! I love the soft colours on the floor!

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:07

  14. The colors on the floor are amazing! What a beautiful place.

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:13

  15. that truly is awesome!

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:24

  16. Exquisite! Such a wonderful scene to photograph and you captured it perfectly. I’m really loving all your photos from Paris!

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:40

  17. Yes, neatly arranged, I liked the pattern and the lighting.

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    April 15, 2013 at 17:51

  18. The colored reflections from the glass splashed on the chairs and floor are simply delightful!

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    April 15, 2013 at 18:15

  19. mtwaggin

    You have an amazing eye! Those pictures speak volumes indeed.

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    April 15, 2013 at 18:25

  20. Hello Lady Fi!
    Great pictures. Colored lights playing on the floor is very beautiful.
    Regards

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    April 15, 2013 at 18:27

  21. Stained glass always looks its best with the sun shining through it, casting glories over the space inside.

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    April 15, 2013 at 19:01

  22. It’s indeed a visual treat🙂 beautifully taken. Light through the stained glass makes it look more devine.

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    April 15, 2013 at 19:20

  23. Absolutely lovely with the colors of the window filtering in on the chairs…I’ve seen many shots of the inside of this church, but none so simple and simply elegant…

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    April 15, 2013 at 19:30

  24. JM

    Brilliant shots! Great job on the chairs and light (reflections).

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    April 15, 2013 at 19:33

  25. The stained glass reflected on the floor is very beautiful.

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    April 15, 2013 at 19:37

  26. There’s nothing quite like the light coming through stained glass windows. Beautiful! 🙂

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    April 15, 2013 at 20:02

  27. I use your own words… everyday miracles! Stunning photos! I love all your Paris’ shots!
    Have a nice week:)

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    April 15, 2013 at 20:16

  28. Stunning! This place & all it’s architectural wonder are amazing – but that light really creates something spectacular!

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    April 15, 2013 at 20:24

  29. These photos are stunning. I especially like the rainbows on the floor.

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    April 15, 2013 at 20:25

  30. How lovely!

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    April 15, 2013 at 20:45

  31. Hur snyggt som helst, awsome Picture ….

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    April 15, 2013 at 21:56

  32. Oh that is a miracle! I couldn’t stop looking at the floor even in the pictures. It must have been terribly hard to tear yourself away from the real thing.

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    April 15, 2013 at 22:25

  33. Again, your eye for beauty is extraordinary. Thank you for sharing!

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    April 15, 2013 at 22:27

  34. SHE

    It’s those unexpected small things that sometimes have the most impact! Just lovely!

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    April 15, 2013 at 22:59

  35. A beautiful mosaic of reflected jewelled colours surrounding aged timber chairs … simple yet profound.

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    April 16, 2013 at 00:17

  36. These photos are amazing, truly magical. What a great talent bringing the magic alive like this🙂

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    April 16, 2013 at 00:37

  37. I love how the colours on the floor seem to have intensified from the colours in the window! Magical!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 00:40

  38. Truly awesome captures!

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    April 16, 2013 at 00:59

  39. Such simple beauty!

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    April 16, 2013 at 01:13

  40. Wow, I like the colorful patterns and reflections on the floor!

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    April 16, 2013 at 01:16

  41. Oh wow, lovely captures of the rainbows and reflections. Wonderful captures! Have a happy week!

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    April 16, 2013 at 01:44

  42. I love the idea of rainbows being hidden everywhere, like little pockets of happiness.

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    April 16, 2013 at 03:52

  43. Rahul

    Miracles happen, I agree:)

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    April 16, 2013 at 05:14

  44. floors pf heaven awash in colored light!
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > ❤

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    April 16, 2013 at 05:43

  45. Magic, pure magic!

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    April 16, 2013 at 05:51

  46. thesmittenimage

    You have a wonderful eye. You see the beauty that many would miss. Thank you for sharing these lovely images.

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    April 16, 2013 at 06:29

  47. you’ve a great eye. such beautiful rainbows.

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    April 16, 2013 at 07:00

  48. Ancient always has its own charm!

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    April 16, 2013 at 07:20

  49. How equisite. Thank you for bringing this miracle of light to us.

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    April 16, 2013 at 08:50

  50. They are magnificent photos. I love old churches as they convey such a sense of calm and reflection. The muted colours from the windows spread across the chairs and floor are too beautiful for words.

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    April 16, 2013 at 08:52

  51. Such good captures- I love going to small ,old churches. Even in big cities everything suddenly becomes quiet and peaceful.Thanks!

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    April 16, 2013 at 08:52

  52. Don

    What a moment of beauty! You’ve captured it so wonderfully. Beauty can be so fleeting and that’s precisely what makes it so precious. I bet it changed in a moment. Wonderful images, Fiona.

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    April 16, 2013 at 09:33

  53. Jim

    Great shots.

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    April 16, 2013 at 09:41

  54. Really lovely, better than carpet.

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    April 16, 2013 at 10:21

  55. Awesome… words struggle to praise the beauty, enhanced through colors reflection!

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    April 16, 2013 at 10:25

  56. Amazing!
    Like a kaleidoscope.

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    April 16, 2013 at 10:46

  57. indeed beautiful; bathed in a rainbow of stained-glass projections

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    April 16, 2013 at 11:00

  58. Very interesting how you’ve managed to capture the light from the windows on the chairs!

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    April 16, 2013 at 12:10

  59. Wonderful images from inside the church. The chairs look great.

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    April 16, 2013 at 12:44

  60. Wow, what serendipity!
    These are beautiful!

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    April 16, 2013 at 13:38

  61. Brilliant captures!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 13:50

  62. I love the rainbow splashes across the chairs and floor. Great pictures!

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    April 16, 2013 at 14:03

  63. Very nice light – I used to see a similar effect on York Minster. I used to walk though it everyday on the way home from a teaching practice!

    Stewart M – Melbourne

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    April 16, 2013 at 14:19

  64. Surprises surprises in places least you expect them!! those are neat antique chairs!! Thanks for dropping by my blog btw!

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    April 16, 2013 at 14:25

  65. Your eye went straight to the spirit of the place and your camera captured it. Perfectly wonderful!

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    April 16, 2013 at 14:43

  66. Beautiful! It is wonderful seeing Paris through your eyes! Thanks I probably will never get there:)

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    April 16, 2013 at 15:00

  67. Truly beautiful!!! And so simple!!! I love the whole idea that such a small thing is one of your best memories from such a huge city!!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 15:04

  68. These are beautiful. I love the contrast between the rainbow colours and the cool calmness of the church environment

    Mollyxxx

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    April 16, 2013 at 15:33

  69. There’s no way that images like these could ever be eclipsed Fiona. So much history within those walls, living in a young country like Australia, scenes like these take my breath away.

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    April 16, 2013 at 15:49

  70. Amazing place, fantastic photos:) Greetings

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    April 16, 2013 at 15:51

  71. Pat

    Beautiful captures!

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    April 16, 2013 at 16:07

  72. “The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.” And I’m grateful to those who find the miracles (which I might miss) and share them with us like you, ladyfi.

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    April 16, 2013 at 16:08

  73. that’s beautiful. With only the chairs I could think of a party. But maybe it is. A party of dancing light🙂

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    April 16, 2013 at 16:33

  74. Oh My! Your photos are truely wonderful.

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    April 16, 2013 at 17:40

  75. Very beautiful pictures !

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    April 16, 2013 at 18:43

  76. Beautiful tones and composition, very nice photo

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    April 16, 2013 at 19:11

  77. Helt underbar plats, som jag aldrig besökt. Ljuset är sååå vackert. Gillar kontrasten med de enkla stolarna och den magnifika inredningen. Jag kan verkligen förstå att du älskar den här platsen. Ska komma ihåg den nästa gång jag kommer dit.
    Önskar dig en fortsatt skön vecka!

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    April 16, 2013 at 19:42

  78. I like the rhythm of the chair legs. Well done!

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    April 16, 2013 at 20:58

  79. Lady, les photos sont magnifiques!!

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    April 16, 2013 at 23:34

  80. Jim

    And I can certainly see why these photos of chairs in a church are some of your favourites, Fiona. Beauty in the simplest of things can be breath-taking. And these are that.

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    April 17, 2013 at 01:51

  81. yes the magical colors of the stainglass is reflecting on the worn floors making a beautiful symbolic photo and on the chairs where so many have sat. I really like the tiny little glimpses of your Paris trip much better than any tourist book photo, thanks lovely lady of the north. (wow you have so many comments on this one)

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    April 17, 2013 at 02:03

  82. Lovely pictures! That last one is spectacular.

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    April 17, 2013 at 04:09

  83. There is life and a long story in this post. Thank you!

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    April 17, 2013 at 04:51

  84. Fabulous post in such a wonderful old church.. Love the colors on the chairs and floor by the stained glass window… Awesome.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    April 17, 2013 at 05:54

  85. So glad you were there at the perfect time! If you had been 2 hours earlier or 2 later these shots would not have happened!

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    April 17, 2013 at 06:28

  86. beautiful reflections on the floor.🙂

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    April 17, 2013 at 07:23

  87. Just plain magic. Love the chairs but the play of the light painting the floor a thousand colours is just so beautiful

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    April 17, 2013 at 09:22

  88. You are so right! Beautiful can be found in the most unexpected places. It’s everywhere around us…

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    April 17, 2013 at 13:41

  89. What a cool scene, indeed. It’s very nice space.

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    April 17, 2013 at 14:22

  90. Stunning photographs. It is through the ordinary that the extraordinary shines

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    April 17, 2013 at 14:28

  91. jenmuddybootdreams

    Where others just saw stained glass, you saw jewels.

    Jen

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    April 17, 2013 at 15:58


  92. Nice place. The light is very beautiful.
    An ideal place to pray.
    Chesterton was right.

    · hugs

    · CristalRasgado · & · LaMiradaAusente ·

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    April 17, 2013 at 17:04

  93. Wonderful rainbows of colour.

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    April 18, 2013 at 04:40

  94. 22arti

    Love the natural play of colors and light, so surreal and rainbow like🙂

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    April 18, 2013 at 11:06

  95. Fantastic perspective and beautiful warm tones. Great shots!

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    April 18, 2013 at 12:47

  96. Very nice, a simple church with very nice beauty to it

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    April 18, 2013 at 16:43

  97. Congrats on being selected Post of the Week!

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    April 18, 2013 at 17:53

  98. daryledelstein

    here to return the compliment … congrats on a well deserved POTW

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    April 18, 2013 at 20:07

  99. schön wie das Licht vom Fenster so durch den Raum tanzt😀
    LgGvom katerchen

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    April 19, 2013 at 11:28

  100. Zuzana

    There is nothing more enticing than history, that is the beauty of Europe, ever city, small or large, have centuries of it on its back, if not millennia.;)
    Lovely captures of the unseen.;)
    xoxo

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    April 19, 2013 at 13:53

  101. Came back to say congrats on the POTW!!

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    April 25, 2013 at 06:41

  102. Perfect color temperature.

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    April 26, 2013 at 13:01

  103. You were lucky to be there at that right moment…lovely colors.

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    May 7, 2013 at 20:50

  104. Beautiful!

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    May 13, 2013 at 04:23

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