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RiaRia Dec 6, 2006 10:00 PM

Hello, All:

Here are some landscape pics, all taken today around noon. Not the best light, I know ... but the forum seems quiet tonight and the colors were so pretty I thought I'd post them anyway. Thought you folks up in the wintery north might like to see a bit of blue sky.

These were all taken in the town of D'hanis. The church was built in 1847 - which makes this one of the oldest settlements in Texas.

Before you ask: no polarizer, very little PP other than a bit of sharpening, cropping and resized for the web.

RiaRia Dec 6, 2006 10:06 PM

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The town and church were built by persons from the French/Alsace region, which also makes it an unusual locale for Texas.

RiaRia Dec 6, 2006 10:10 PM

It is surprising so much of the church is still standing; it has been neglected since 1914. It was made with hand-hewn limestone; hopefully in the lowered resolution you can see the chisel marks in this closeup. The maker's initials are on the cornerstone ... I have been here many times, but today was the first day I noticed them.

RiaRia Dec 6, 2006 10:12 PM

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This sign was down the road toward San Antonio a bit; but it seemed to go along with the subject. The contrast between the irrigated field and the dry, unirrigated grass seems to say it all.

Stay warm! :) Ria

nickphoto123 Dec 7, 2006 4:44 AM

Hi Ria,

Very nice photo essay.

Whenever I see vacated, old structures I think of two things.

First is the fella that placed the last brick in its place to build it. When he went home, how was his day, his life style, family, town, what they are doing now, etc.

The second is who were the people who left the building for the last time before its destruction, demolition. In this case, the last ceremony or sermon.

For a moment in time, your images have placed me standing by the old church, to ponder how life was when it was new or in use.

Thanks for the photographic journey.

Maybe next time you could try a panorama of the site.


mtclimber Dec 7, 2006 7:36 AM

Nicely done, Ria-

There must be a lot of history there.


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