Archive | October 2011

Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 2


Just in time for Halloween, today we visit a haunted abandoned house in a tiny ghost town.  Paldi is located on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and once was a thriving logging community.  Today it sits entirely forgotten and forlorn, and now for sale.  We were the only souls around during the shoot on this day, and it made the perfect subject for a Halloween story.  Please feel free to visit our blog “Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 2” for the story behind the spooktacular photos.


Assisi Piazza

Today, an image of the main piazza in Assisi, Italy.

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This picture of the Angel of the North was taken last year while I still lived in the north east of England, and had a long lens to take this with.  Since then I have moved to Scotland, and seem to be running out of working lenses.  Now today I realise that I have accidentaly deleted all of the original RAW files and there are only a couple of the processed JPEGs left.

The rest of the pictures from that day are here on flickr.



Inside St. Giles Cathedral

St Giles’ was founded in the 1120s when the Scottish royal family, the sons of Queen (Saint) Margaret and King Malcolm Canmore, especially David I (1124-1153) made strenuous efforts to spread Catholic Christian worship throughout the Scottish lowlands.

This church was probably quite small, Norman (i.e. Romanesque, with rounded arches and elaborate carving) in style, like others built at the same time. Few traces of it survive in the present building.

In 1385, a much larger church (early Gothic, pointed arches and simple octagonal pillars) was partially burned. No record has been found of the building of this second church. It was quickly repaired.

Over the next 150 years many chapels were added. These included chapels set up by the craftsmen’s guilds of Edinburgh, chapels endowed by prominent merchants and nobles, and a chapel for a relic of St Giles. By the middle of the 16th century, there were around fifty altars in the church.


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This is England.

A quintessentially English scene here I think!

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abandoned slate quarry, Monson, Maine


Monson is famous for its black slate.  It is is prized around the world and was chosen for President Kennedy’s grave marker.  This quarry on the shore of Lake Hebron is now mined out.

Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 1


With Halloween right around the corner, what better way to get into the spirit than with a ghost story?  Today’s post is the first part of a two part series here at The Hollow that showcases the ghost town of Paldi, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island.  Be sure to check back on Monday for part two, our wrap-up to this post!!  Please feel free to visit our blog “Paldi the Ghost Town: Part 1” for the story behind the photos.