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I’ll end the year right here, with an image from the vestibule of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, from our November tour of Texas’s painted churches.

Today completes ten full years of daily photo posts. When I started, on January 1, 2009, my plan was to try to get through one year. I did, and had five followers at the end of the year.  Yes! Five!! In spite of that less than impressive start, I stuck with it. I’m glad I did, and I hope you are, too.

Today is also a sad day, as it marks 14 years since my mom’s sudden death, so I am going to spend the day thinking about her.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ammannsville, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

no need for sheet music

What can I say? The reflections reminded me of sheet music…

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ammannsville, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

under the stairs

I was so fond of this scene, under the stairs to the loft, that I photographed it about five times, from different angles and with different cameras. The light was magical.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ammannsville, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

to light the way

Sometimes, the beauty is in the details. More often, though, I find it in the mundane.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ammannsville, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

The Establishing Shot

 

Don’t worry about addresses if you want to take a drive to see the painted churches in Texas. All you’ll need is a list of towns. And a good map*, I guess – some of these towns are off the main routes. Even with hills and trees to block long views, you’ll still be easily able to spot the tall spires reaching skyward.

Other than this church, the town of Ammannsville consists of the church hall, a cotton gin, and a few houses. Oh, and a very large cemetery. This building is actually the third one on the site – the original church was completed in 1890 and subsequently destroyed in 1909 by hurricane. The replacement church was destroyed by fire soon after its completion, and the current church was completed at some unspecified date.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Ammannsville, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

*Yes, I am that person who carries a highlighter along with the giant book o’ maps so I can mark the roads I’ve traveled.

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