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Monday, November 30, 2009



In preparation for Thanksgiving last week, I was reminded of last year's Thanksgiving post of the Country church above and due to a door ajar...I found myself inside the church giving thanks for friends who I had not thought of for so many years.

Earlier this year, I again found myself drawn into a much different type of church while driving to Louisville on roads off the interstate. I had posted a picture of the Benedictine cathedral earlier taken from the front view but wanted to give perspective as to the magnificence and beauty of the entire building.

With churches, I always like to contrast different approaches to the same end. So different in construction yet they both are set aside for the same purpose. One (in my opinion) no more important or less important than the other...just different...appealing to different peoples. After all shouldn't everyone at least have the option to worship in a way that brings you and your individual backgrounds closest to your God?

Dan

19 comments:

septembermom said...

The architecture of churches always impress me. An amazing subject for photography. I'm sure that you have quite a collection of church pictures over your travels.

Cynthia L. H. said...

Each on is magnificent in its own way, as you have captured. ;^)
I would have been drawn inside, too.
;^)
I have a thing for steeples...something about them...I love the photo of the little red church in Alaska...it has been at the top of my list (I'm working on it...I REALLY am!!!) ;^)
This Sunday, I finally get to attend services. Since beginning work on July 1, I have only got to go once. (My dad calls that heathenism.) ;^) ;^0
I am glad that I get to go at the beginning of Advent.
;^)

Cynthia L. H. said...

oops...
one...
not...
"on"
;^-

DawnTreader said...

I agree, I'm fascinated by the variety of churches too. Not only are the buildings different but so is the liturgy (or lack of) in the services. (I've been member or visitor of a few different denominations myself over the years.)

I remember your earlier picture of the cathedral. The country church looks interesting too.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous shots

Simply Heather said...

What a beautiful setting in that first shot, Dan - looking at the big picture of it :)

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...I do have many chruch photographs....large small and in between. The architecture has always been of interest to me. Especially the great Cathedrals of Europe...how they made such magnificent structures with the tools of the time is amazing.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...welcome back to church you heathen! That red church was in Seward Alaska...set off by itself right up against the mountains. That evening when I took the picture fog had rolled in off Seward Bay and the the bright church against the pristine wilderness was breathtaking.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...

nw all byt arr buo moot?????

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...the country church is in New Harmony Indiana...a town where I have drawn many pictures from over the years.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Rebecca...hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...you inspiration of using the larger pictures made all the difference in the world...thanks again for a great suggestion a while back.

Dan

De Lly Dilettante said...

Lovely shots.The architecture is splendid.

Sunny said...

The skill required to build that glorious cathedral is mind boggling. Church architecture is really fascinating and wonderful material for photographs.
I think New England has as many white clapboard churches as it has barns.
It goes without saying that your pictures are superb.
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Lly...thank you. I thought of you when I posted the Cathedral picture. I saw one of your shots of the Roman Amphitheater and how lucky we are to still have the remnants of such a wonderful piece of architecture.

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...I am just amazed at how things like this are built...not knowing anything about the trade...I am awestruck when I think of trying to build this with relatively primitive tools.

Dan

Patty said...

Hello, my-Bob Dylan-loving-friend. How have you been? Me? Don't ask. No time for anything these days. Work, work, work.

Did want to pop in and see what you had been up to.

Excellent work, as usual. Your photos are always perfection. I love the way you showed us two different worlds through your camera. You can never go wrong photographing a church. Your method, which I still have not had time to research, is like going through the Looking Glass and seeing what is on the the other side.

Are you sure you are a time-shifter? Perhaps taking snapshots in alternate worlds?

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dan Felstead said...

Patty! Yes a Bob Dylan lover..I admit. He is my favorite...the best writer and poet of his time.

Dan

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