“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 →
I vaguely remember watching the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” some years back and not enjoying it very much. But I also remember seeing the book that inspired the movie and appreciating its cover photograph. I haven’t given it much thought since, until I was in Savannah, Georgia again this week. I was looking for something new to do and bought a ticket to the Telfair Museums. The $20 ticket provides access to the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center, and the Owens-Thomas House. It was in the Jepson Center, a small contemporary art gallery, that the original “Bird Girl” statue was standing.
The “Bird Girl” Statue, now displayed in the Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia
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)
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
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/ ).