Photographer's Note


I have been after a shot of this church fro quite a long time. Named Saint Peters Episcopal Church, she sits on Solomons Island in Maryland. On a very small stretch of land you have three different churches within a quarter mile of each other. This small white building is the most picturesque of the three...There in is the problem. This beautiful place is surrounded by wires (you might notice one on the right, it is part of the picture though) and right on the main street of this town. That means there are hordes of people during this time of year and you don't get too much of a chance to get an isolated shot. I determined long ago that you had to be right on top of the building to get any kind of shot, hence the tight frame and low POV. This closeness prevented any nonsense coming into the frame to disturb the somewhat contented looking visage of the church.
I see this as a send off to summer. It was one of the last days before we received our first minor cooldown with fall weather (low 70's f and rainy).
As I was taking these photos there was the little voice in my head (named Courtney, who happens to be my daughter) asking, "are you done yet...can we go home?". She prompts me to refine my abilities somewhat because she will only put up with so much "boring" time. I might add, she did quite well sticking by me for about one and a half hours before causing too much of a ruckus; that might have something to do with the icecream that I thought might delay the inevitable.
Regardless, this was a beautiful day that resulted in some pictures I, sorta', liked.
I imagine some lonely wives sitting in this church praying as their husbands went off into the Chesapeake Bay to make a living. Like any body of water, storms could rise up suddenly and cause quite a disaster among the working sailing ships...especially before modern weather forecasting. This Church has seen many changes in the line of her eyes and witnessed many lives and deaths. Yet she sits serene and quite accepting each person who wishes to enter. It is a noble thing...to just be there when someone needs a place to go.
So with that, summer proceeds into fall.

I heard a quote from Andres Segovia last night that I felt sums up the last days of summer for me. I hope I got it right because he had such a thick accent.

" The sigh said to the tongue, go search for words that say what I say."

Happy days, hope you like.


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