I could not shoot another toy. I have been on vacation all week, I have barely left the house, I feel tremendous guilt when I am not a contributing part of society. Never go with me to a beach, I will drive you insane, I can not sit still… so I woke up early today and headed west. My brother had told me about an abandoned piece of property out past Auburn, MA that I might find interesting. So that is where I headed, I found it and it definitely looked abandoned, but it was not, I could tell by the guy sitting on the front porch. Since there was no plan B, I just drove around. In all I ended up with 2 shots. Both of churches. The first, which is below, is the First Congregational Church of Brimfield MA. Nice blue sky, I stood on the back of the truck to get some height, I like the shot, the light was perfect, I have seen it 100 times before. I am sure I could Google First Congregational Church of Brimfield MA and see more just like it.
Then there is the second shot I got, ‘Through the Trees’ the one above. It was a bit harder to get and to be honest with you, I have been debating which is the official dailypic. I could see why it should be the church with the blue sky, but then I’d talk myself out of it. I’d make my point that it is because I know that I was originally on the road that is in the shot. Right in front of the church, I got out and looked around but never took a picture. I stood on the steps of the church and looked west and knew I needed to get up on that hill. I would add it also because I had to drive around awhile to find the road and right spot, and in doing so I saw all the destruction from the tornado that swept through the area last year and was in awe of the path of downed trees and destroyed property it had left behind. It is also because the trees and debris in the foreground of this picture are just the beginning of that path where the storm hit, yet there the church is, still standing untouched, yet just yards behind me were trailers and new construction rebuilding what was lost. And last, it is because it reminds me of an old postcard that might have been taken years ago, something I might have found in my Grandfather Arthur’s house tucked away in a book on his hutch.
So, the other picture might be prettier, with a bluer sky and fancier church up on the hill, and that is why we have all seen it before but this one was worth the effort. And until just now, I was sort of disappointed that I had only 2 shots to show for my trip this morning.