I could not resist walking inside the little country church which I photographed to satisfy last week’s theme. It was very small and simple with wood floors, wood pews and each side had “four” stain glass windows.
I love jumping in the car and driving back roads in the countryside. It’s the best way to capture beautiful scenery, charming houses and little “Places Of Worship.” This photo is of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church located on East Valley Road in Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee. The first church on this site was erected in 1852. It was partially dismantled by Union troops during the summer of 1863 and the remaining structure was burned in late August of the same year. To one side of the church is a cemetery where many soldiers of both sides are buried in unmarked graves. In 1884 the main sanctuary was rebuilt with voluntary labor. In 1951 Sunday School rooms were added. (Blasted SUV was parked in front preventing me from getting a better composition!)
I have always been intrigued with the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN. Built in 1890, it was apparently the first non-military highway bridge across the Tennessee River. On a daily and nightly basis, it is now enjoyed as a walking bridge by thousands of Chattanooga natives and visitors. This photo was “shot with flash/speedlight” off camera with a red gel which turned the white railings red. My camera was set for a slow shutter speed; I placed a red gel on the flash and as the shutter remained open, I pressed the flash “test” button firing the flash multiple times as I walked along the rail. Although I also shot the scene with both a purple and blue gel, I liked the way it looked with the red gel best.
As Mike and I were strolling through the West Village at lunchtime, we spotted a small restaurant and decided to go in for a sandwich. It could not have had more than 5 or 6 small tables plus 4 or 5 stools at the bar. The building itself was old with worn wood plank floors, large wood framed windows opening outward over the sidewalk, black frames around old photos on the walls and an antique exit lamp affixed to the wall adding a “splash of color” at the entrance/exit door.
On a gorgeous day while relaxing over a cup of Starbuck’s and watching the ferry boats transporting workers to their jobs, Mike and I sat in the park at the end of Warren Street alongside the Hudson River. This spot has become our favorite place to relax. The Colgate clock provides documentation that the photo was “shot at 9:00 a.m.”