400 Years of Wear and Tear
I have no idea where those steps would have led, but 4 centuries of use have taken their toll, wearing them down to a rounded smoothness. The upper part of Bordesley Abbey has long gone – demolished, and the stones would have been reused after the dissolution of the monasteries, most likely sold off by the new owner to build someones house or workplace. The quarrying of monastic houses after the dissolution was commonplace, as worked stone was a valuable commodity – you didn’t have to dig it out of the ground and you didn’t have to work it – giving you ready made building blocks.
Photographing into the sun with a wide angle lens is challenging in a number of ways – it’s had to completely prevent lens flare. When the light is this contrasty, it’s even more of a challenge – fun though.