In a Country Churchyard

In a Country Churchyard
In a Country Churchyard

I was considering that poem by Thomas Gray when photographing this in a cold winter sunset.

Say what you will about winter and snow and cold, the combination makes for dramatic sunsets.

This is the Revolutionary-era churchyard of Old St. Luke’s Church in Scott Township, PA, the first Christian church established west of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was originally a native American lookout place on a bluff above the Catfish Path, which we call Chartiers Creek. I’ve canoed past this place on the creek, and visited this site when the church was closed when I was a child. Now it is completely restored.

I used a wide-angle lens on my camera that is not made for it, but fits well enough that I can take a good photo with it. I’m glad to have a new piece of equipment and to have gotten the photo I was envisioning. The sunset evolved slowly, the light changed just a shade at a time; this photo was a gift of patience to capture the right moment.

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