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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

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.

into wonder

I don’t suppose I will ever tire of visiting these churches, where mysteries are concealed and revealed by the changing light and shadow.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church
Dubina, Texas
photographed 11.24.2019

please do not

You know, don’t you, that I really did want to ring the bells? But the way the shadow looked like a hangman’s noose made me rethink my plan…

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
High Hill, Texas
photographed 11.24.2019

The Eye of God


Yes, the (electronic) eye of God watches everyone who enters the church.

St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption
Praha, Texas
photographed 1.12.2018

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