The line was long and the corridors were winding and cramped and small, emerging every once in a while into a space big enough to breathe in. There were just enough of these to avoid the creeping sense of claustrophobia caused by the tight spaces and the sheer number of bodies filing ever forward. The Virgin of Montserrat (Mare de Déu de Montserrat or, la Moreneta) is one of the Black Madonnas of Europe. According to legend, the statue was so heavy the Benedictine monks were forced to build their monastery around it. People had placed flowers at her feet. People genuflected before her. We each snapped a photograph and progressed onwards. The line was never-ending and pushed us out into a corridor of candles. It was good to be outside again.
March 28, 2011, the Virgin of Montserrat
taken with a Canon t1i and a 24-105 f/4 L series lens
ISO 800, 24mm, f/4, 1/40 second exposure