Busy, Busy, Busy

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Well October flew past very quick, didn’t it? I’ve been so busy that I have lots of images to process and share with you.

I visited York Minster and its sound and light projection – Platinum and Light.

The new installation was created by award winning artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, who created the spectacular Northern Lights projection and sound artwork, which ran at the Minster in October 2019.

The new show takes inspiration from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It uses precious metals through the ages, including gold, silver and platinum, to journey through key moments in York’s and the Minster’s history and their royal connections.

The events will help raise funds for the Minster’s current project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe, and the stonework of the surrounding South Quire Transept.

I have a few short videos to put on here at some point, keep checking back to see if I’ve added them!

York Minster – images by SJ Butler

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Busy July

What a most beautiful start to the start of the UK Summer holidays. A more…

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Weekend in Autumn

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Another fabulous Autumn Day this sunny Sunday. York is so busy today; we have the Yorkshire Marathon, Wire Ghosts in the City, York unlocked & York Textile Artists at the Cemetry with the theme of ‘Spiral’ which I visited today.

York Cemetery Chapel – SJ Butler Photography

The first…..

 “The first “open buildings” weekend – La Journée Portes Ouvertes – was held in France by the Ministry of Culture in 1984.  The following year the French Minister of Culture proposed that the project be internationalised under the Council of Europe.  The Netherlands held their first Open Monumentendag in 1987. Sweden and the Republic of Ireland joined in 1989, and Belgium in 1990.  London Open House started in 1991 and there are now 60 Open House cities around the world that attract visitors from far & wide. In 2022, York joins the Open Door and Open House cities in showcasing our urban landscape, buildings old and new and also open spaces. 

Just at the right time – SJ Butler Photography

The light flooded through leaves and onto the floor beneath, lighting up the grass and ground below.


Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video…

Busy July

What a most beautiful start to the start of the UK Summer holidays. A more…


It’s September yet again, (I know it’s already been nearly a week into it) but…

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Autumn in North Yorkshire

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I haven’t been to the White Horse at Kilburn for quite a few years, so I decided to pay it a visit.

As I arrived the sun disappeared and got decidedly windy! But as I climbed the steps and arrived at the top the sun peered through the thick clouds across North Yorkshire.

I will have another visit soon as I have a few days off next week!

Kilburn White Horse is the most northerly turf-cut figure in Britain and one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire. It’s easily visible from the south, below Sutton Bank, and while it’s difficult to get a sense of its scale from the path on the escarpment edge above, there are steps down the side which give a closer view.

The horse dates from 1857, when the outline of the horse was marked out by the Kilburn village schoolmaster and his pupils. The horse was then cut into the limestone underneath – to make it more visible today, chalk chippings are added at intervals.

The White Horse of Kilburn – taken a few years ago – SJ Butler

The White Horse is 314 feet (96 metres) long and 228 feet (70 metres) high. In fact, 24 people could sit on the patch of grass which forms the horse’s eye (though please don’t)

North Yorkshire – SJ Butler Photography

Dawn Chorus

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across this…

Autumn Chill

Today is so cold that I dragged my big coat and boots from the loft…

Autumnal Equinox

While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, today marks the end of summer…

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