For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.Martin Luther
While Martin Luther makes a good point about the glories of nature, there are still times when we need a bit of bling in our lives. And now is probably one of those times!
So Terri’s call for images of all things metallic for this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is very apt. I decided to focus just on gold and silver, both actual metals and things that have a metallic sheen. As we know, all that glitters is not gold, but as long as it looks like gold, or silver, I’ve included it!
As always I’ve had fun trawling my archives for a selection to fit the brief, so I hope you enjoy seeing them.
The gold album
Talking of trawling, I found these golden fish in the fish market in Muttrah, Oman. Muttrah is Muscat’s commercial heart and home to the city’s port.
Not far from the fish market is this gold-domed pavilion on Muttrah Corniche
Elsewhere in Muscat is Al Alam, the Royal Palace. This is the royal crest on its gate. You might be able to spot me, or my legs at least, reflected in its gold as I take the photo.
This is a detail on the roof of the Chandra Mahal, part of the City Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
And in Jodhpur, the Phool Mahal or Palace of Flowers is possibly the grandest of the state rooms in Mehrangarh Fort. It was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724-1749) and decorated with gold seized in Gujarat as war booty. It is thought to have been the maharaja’s pleasure palace, where he would sit on his throne and be entertained by dancing girls and music.
Two beautiful gold domes; the one on the left from the Shipka Memorial Church in Bulgaria, otherwise known as the Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ; and on the right a church in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
This delicate stucco wall decoration is in the aptly-named Gilded Hall of Rundale Palace in Latvia.
And here is an ornamental detail at Schloss Bruchsal near Karlsruhe in Germany. Schloss Bruchsal was constructed in 1720 as a residence for the Prince-Bishops of Speyer.
This is just a part of the stunning main altarpiece in Seville Cathedral. It is carved with scenes from the life of Christ.
I spotted this door knocker in a back street in Marrakesh.
I’ll finish this ‘gold’ album with a golden sunset from Hanga Roa on Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), complete with evening surfer.
The silver album
I’ll start this album too with more fish. These were for sale by the side of the road in Fort Kochi, Kerala.
The fish may not be real silver, but these bracelets for sale in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, certainly were – and yes, I bought one (subsequently sadly stolen in a burglary).
These lanterns for sale in the Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakesh, are metal, but definitely not real silver!
This is Kanch ki Burj, one of the most ornate rooms in the City Palace in Udaipur. Its domed ceiling is lined with mirrored tiles.
And here’s another roof, the spectacular one on the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.
[You can see more photos of this on my Cool Architecture post.]
Here is a more traditional design on this door grille in the old town of Faro in Portugal
Staying in Portugal, I spotted these door knockers on a house in Silves.
Back to more modern architecture with this view of part of the World Clock in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz with the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the background.
This small statue stands on the Cerro Santa Lucia, a hill in the centre of Santiago, Chile. It looks as if it should be a fountain?
This is most certainly a fountain! It is in the lobby of Riga’s modern town hall.
As with the gold album we’ll finish with the sea; here with the sun gleaming on it on a winter’s day in Cullercoats in north east England.
This has been fun! But remember,
Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.Bob Marley