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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Country Church - Skywatch

I accepted the invitation recently to photograph an event at a nearby church. I enjoyed spending the evening walking around snapping photos of people as they celebrated a birthday party for one of their oldest members. I always find it funny to watch people's reaction to the camera. You have those that seem to thrive in front of it, and others who just clam-up and don't know how to act when its pointed at them. Regardless, everyone seemed to have a great time.

In the mist of it all I was able to sneak outside behind the church building and snap off a few sunset photos through the trees.

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I worked my way around to the front of the church and captured a few more photos.

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This church, better known as Great Fork Baptist is not just any church. It's one of the oldest Baptist churches in the area. It was established in 1833 with 32 members. Great Fork is located in the small country town of Whaleyville, Virginia, on the back roads of the Virginia / North Carolina line. I've always had close ties to this church being that my grandparents were once members when they first moved to Virginia in the 1950s. They would occasionally bring me to services here when I was younger.

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I'm not sure of it's membership total now, but it remains a proud symbol in this small town. Although Great Fork Baptist has been through several major renovations since the 18oos, it continues to maintain that quaint old country church style that was once a common scene throughout the area.

 

 

23 comments:

Chandramouli S said...

Whoa! The sky looks gorgeous!

Kallen305 said...

What wonderful pictures. I love the last two with the pink sky and white church.

Darla said...

Great photos! Have you received your seeds yet?

Alan said...

Hey Darla,

As of yesterday they haven’t come yet. I'll check when I get home today and let you know.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Alan great shots love the church building. Don

Sylvia K said...

Terrific photos! Gorgeous colors in the first ones and the shots of the church, plus your information make for a really great post! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Tranquility said...

What a pretty little church and I love that sunset - beautiful!

earthtoholly said...

The sky almost looks as though it's on fire...beautiful!

Photo Cache said...

the first two photos look like there is a brush fire in the distance. what glorious color!

Guy D said...

Excellent shots, I especially love the last one with the sunset behind the church, its beautiful.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Mary said...

Wonderful shots, and a beautiful little church! Thanks for sharing. :)

Kathy said...

Those are wonderful shots Alan. Love the way it adds just enough color behind the tree line. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Rune said...

Beautiful photos! Happy weekend and SkyWatch :o)

Janie said...

Beautiful church and lovely pink skies.

dreameyce said...

Amazing, so beautiful! I love quaint old churches.

Love these photos!

Tarolino said...

The sunset was certainly lovely. Luckily you got a chance to capture it on camera. The church is so pretty. It looks so very clean being all white and the sky behind it is just as lovely and clean looking.

fishing guy said...

Alan: Wonderful captures of the area during your walk.

SandyCarlson said...

A lovely place. Having photographed church events, I can relate to this. Go with the hams!

Kelly said...

Beautiful, peaceful photos.

Wren said...

Beautiful - you did well with both the skies and the church.

vincibene said...

Wondeful series and information!

Kit said...

What pretty pictures!
Thank you for stopping by my Skywatch!!

Leedra said...

Beautiful sunset behind the church.

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