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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Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is a relatively new city.  Though In central Johannesburg,  one of the oldest structures, the Old Fort,  was built at the end of the 19th century.  For most of its life, until it closed in 1983, the grounds served as a prison.  First as a place to confine war prisoners, then gradually to a more ominous history during the apartheid period.  It was a place where both Mahatma Gandhi and later Nelson Mandela were held.  Today, it’s preserved as a museum and you can walk in the formerly overcrowded cells, including Mandela’s. Continue reading

The Battle of Olustee at 150

Olustee Civil War Reenactment, Olustee, Florida

The Battle of Olustee was the largest fight of the Civil War that took place in Florida.  About 10,000 soldiers met on February 20, 1864 in the swamp north Florida spot near Lake City.  And every year there is a reenactment that attracts a good number of hobbyists that represent the Union and Confederate armies.

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

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A New Old Clock

About two years ago I was walking around downtown and saw an old clock on a street corner and took some photos.  Not too long after, I was at the same corner and the clock had disappeared.  The city has been making street improvements so I figured it had been moved to another location.  In reality, it had been shipped off (to California?) for restoration and was finally re-installed in the past month.  So I was in the area last week and stopped by and it looks like a new clock- maybe too new as you can see here-

Jacobs Jewelers Clock (1901), Jacksonville, Florida

Jacobs Jewelers Clock (1901), Jacksonville, Florida

Shown in the before/after they cleaned off some rust and repainted, but also replaced the hands and glass light fixtures.  I think I like the weathered look better… Continue reading