Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Beautiful churches and meeting houses....

One of the things you will notice when you travel through New England is an abundance of very old churches and meeting houses. You will see steeples and spires rising through the woods long before you get to them when traveling through New England hills and valleys.

In the winter, they stand so stately. In the summer, they appear like cool sanctuaries against lush green forest backgrounds. Indeed, there are several majestic churches just a few blocks from our home that I pass every day, but here are some we passed on country roads this past weekend.

These churches are located from a little north of Brattleboro, VT, south to historical Deerfield, MA. There is at least one old church in nearly every New England town and all are beautiful. I could cheerfully photograph every one I see if I had the time. You can click on all the above photos to see them in a larger format.

As you can observe, the snow is getting dirty as we are now late into the winter. Warmer days this week and a little predicted rain may wash it clean again. However, there is still much time left for snow to happen again. March can be brutal with snow storms and snow storms in April are not unusual.

When we look around we can see what we take for granted is quite wonderful. I look at these churches differently these days and am inspired by their longevity and grace.

Enjoy the day and may you be inspired, too.


Eileen said...

These truly are some very beautiful structures. That first one looks like it lost it's steeple..? Or was that the way it was made?
Our snow is almost melted. Not the big piles along the roads.. but there are a lot of muddy places. Snow in a couple of days. It will be all white again.

AngelMc said...

I think that the white ones are especially beautiful. I'm jealous of the snow as always.

Anonymous said...

They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing these photos!