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Friday, October 29, 2010

Photo Challenge: Architectural Element

It should not be a secret to anyone reading this blog that I adore arched windows.

I visit little Southern towns and look for churches with great windows.

This grey stone church is in Edgefield, South Carolina.

It is a small Catholic Church facing a much used state highway.

The arched windows have no stained glass but have a lovely shape.

I like the somewhat severe look of this grey stone structure and the shape of the building.

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We do not build buildings like this any more.

You can see other churches with arches I have taken photos of  here and here.

I will be visiting this town again as it is noteworthy for many things but one of them is turkeys.

I am linking with the multi-talented Chania from Razmataz.

grace surrounds us



  1. Old churches are a joy to see. The lines, the windows, the spire, all is just beautiful. I have a set of screens that are from a church in my bedroom I just can't part with. Wonderful images.

  2. You are so right, we don't build buildings like this anymore. Old churches have the most interesting architecture. The church I went to growing up was built in the 1870's and it has beautiful arches and stained glass windows.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Those windows look very Norman Olive. Love the black and white photography, makes the church look very silent.

  4. Beautiful church, but even more so because of those pictures!

  5. I never tire of
    photos like these
    and yours are just
    superb!! I can just
    imagine the last one
    being part of a little
    village in England.
    Hopping over to Chania's,
    now....Happy happy Friday,
    sweet friend!
    xx Suzanne

  6. Hello dear Olive,
    You would adore all the churches here. All very old and all with arches!
    There is a village called Edgefield about 6 or 7 miles from me.
    I've put a pic of my church on my blog if you'd like to look back, under 'Where I live'.
    Very best wishes and hugs
    June xx

  7. Hi Olive,

    You should come to England. There's are LOADS like this near where I live!

    Your photography is fantastic. Especially the one with the teeny specks of birds high above.

  8. Love arched windows too... BUT THEY HAVE TO BE CHiPPy!*!*!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  9. Love those windows. Great shots. I took pictures of doors when we were in Italy.

  10. Great photos, as usual! Love the old churches too...they are a priceless part of our heritage!

  11. Hello! Love the photos - love arched windows as well! There are some terrific examples in the countryside of Georgia - love visiting small towns,

  12. Awesome photos. I love the last picture. I want to go up and knock at that door.

  13. is beautiful! Looks like something you'd see in Ireland...lots of old world charm :)


  14. I love arched windows - gothic architecture - and am drawn to old, beautiful churches like this one. Beautiful photos!


  15. Love the black and white! The last shot is my favorite, so serene and inviting.

  16. Such a gorgeous old church. Love the windows too and the door. Fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  17. Your photos are remarkable Olive! Especially love the arched side door.

  18. Beautiful photos Olive. What a lovely old church and I really love that last photo! It makes you want to open that door and step inside.

    Kat :)

  19. Love the lines if the old church. The windows take your breath away!
    Thank you for visiting!

  20. Give me a simple, humble church every time.

    Peters Creek Methodist which I attended for many of my younger years in western PA was like this.

    I thought of it today thanks to you!



  21. Your photos are wonderful! I love that they're in black and white. I adore arched windows too and love old churches I find in the countryside. Well done!

  22. That is a pretty litle church. You took some great photos of it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day....Julian

  23. Olive, what beautifully stunning pictures. You have added to the drama of the architechture with your technique. Wow. Ann

  24. I love the photos you've taken too, Olive. That kind of stone is my favourite too.

  25. It is true, now most things are made quick without any imagination.
    That church looks like it could have been build up the road from where we stay.

  26. Your photos are charming. You are right...this seems to be a lost bit of art. Thank you for stopping by my post. Please, come visit any time. Cherry Kay

  27. Thanks for stopping by. I love these pictures. Boy they sure don't make things like they used too. Beautiful!

  28. Beautiful church! I love old churches and arches too, Olive, especially the ones with stained windows!...Christine

  29. Hey GORGEOUS Olive....!

    I hope you're having a WONDERFUL week my Friend....!!

    THANK YOU for your recent comment....I LOVE the bottle dryer too....So much so that Mr SVJ spoiled me last Christmas with a smaller version.... *** happy HAPPY dance ** ....!!

    I ADORE these pics you took for Chania's Archictectural Challenge....ESPECIALLY the second pic....The angle, the colour....PERFECT....!!

    There's just something about these Churches that make me smile out loud....And you have managed to capture that 'something' BEAUTIFULLY....!!!

    Well I must away Lovey....I hope you enjoy a SPLENDID weekend & I look forward to catching up with you soon....!

    Cheers from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  30. Beautiful church, and beautiful photos! Things are definitely not built like that anymore. We would love to restore the house and there is enough original woodwork, etc., stored inside to pretty much keep it "old" which is how I love it too! Thanks for stopping by!

  31. i enjoy visiting old churches. the beauty is great and unique. newer churches can't compare rose

  32. Thanks for your recent comments at News From Italy, it is amazing what we learn reading other blogs. I am now your latest follower, I also love windows, doors and all things architectural
    Have a good weekend.

  33. Amazing photos...I just found your blog....super cute!!

    Stop by and say Hello ♥
    Statements in Fashion Blog

  34. Filming in black and white looks wonderful. Perfect for the subject you chose. Kit

  35. Olive, your photographs are always beautiful. Your "take" on the subject matter is always unique. Your photos of this church are no exception. I love the way you've played up the stark look, and then you go around to the little door and window, and it looks so charming. laurie

  36. Thank you for your lovely visit to my blog yesterday. It's so nice to meet you.

    Your photos are beautiful. I love old churches...they have so much character. And can you imagine the heartbreaks and joys they have seen? Oh, if the walls could talk!!

    We have a dear friend who pastors a church in Athens, GA, and for a few years, we used a photo of his church as the homepage on our computer. So serene and beautiful!!


  37. Oh that cross is so beautiful Olive. And that arched door.....I think that is so gorgeous.

  38. Your photoes are beautiful Olive. They're are some wonderful arched windows in Florence and Venice - as you would expect, I guess. Think I will be your latest follower! Have you ever been to England - some wonderful ancient churches over here, which you would just love! By the way, I discovered your Blog through LindyLouMac.

  39. Beautiful photos! I love arched windows and the arched door just begs you to enter. Gorgeous!

  40. So sad that we don't build things to last anymore...beautiful photos!


  41. This is a beautiful church, somewhat severe looking, but still beautiful. I especially like the last picture - it is something special!


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