Quiet States

Farmhouse, North Dakota

Farmhouse at Dusk, North Dakota

“Nothing could be more lonely and nothing more beautiful than the view at nightfall across the prairies to these huge hill masses, when the lengthening shadows had at last merged into one and the faint after-glow of the red sunset filled the west.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt is big in the Dakotas.  And that’s not referring to Mt. Rushmore.  But when thinking of how I could describe North and South Dakota, “quiet” came quickly to mind.  After driving more than 2,200 miles in just over a week, the scarcity of development, people and changing landscapes are a constant.  There was sound- the wind and birdsong is always around, but it didn’t erase that quiet. Continue reading


More Country Churches

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a few days here and there for weekend travel, and churches are a theme that I usually can add to as I drive around most locations.  For example, on a recent long weekend in southern Georgia I shot over three dozen rural churches and then several more on Christmas weekend trip in Florida.

Old Church, Windsor, Florida, Alachua County (Year unknown)

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Country Churches

Georgia is a big state with a lot of small towns.  And in and near these small towns are a variety of old churches, some in use and well maintained, and others in different stages of disrepair or ruin.

Young's Chapel, Ben Hill County, Georgia

Young’s Chapel, Ben Hill County

On a recent trip through Georgia, I spent most of my time in the larger cities of Atlanta and Savannah, but made a point to search out some interesting spots along the way.  Researching before the trip, I found a pair of very useful websites that helped locate some of these old places off the beaten path (see Historical Rural Churches of Georgia http://hcrga.org  and  Vanishing South Georgia http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/ ).

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High Road to Taos

After leaving southern Arizona, I crossed the border into New Mexico and headed north.  Just above Santa Fe is the High Road to Taos.  This scenic route, averaging an elevation between 7,000-8,000 feet passes through several small Indian pueblos and ends in Taos, as you might have predicted.

Trading Post, Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico

Sacred Heart Church, Nambé, built in the 1940s

Leaving Highway 285/84 just north of Santa Fe, the first pueblo I passed was Nambé.  This church is just off the main road and features the classic adobe style found widespread in the northern part of the state. Continuing north, you pass through some impressive landscape as you climb higher into the region.

High Road to Taos, New Mexico

High Road to Taos, New Mexico


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