07.24.2019 Behind the South Congregational Church

The church is situated on a slight rise in South Amherst and it is one of my “panic” go to locations when I am late getting out of the house.  I’ve posted a couple of images from here in the past and most likely will do a few more in the future.  This past weekend, with our quite hot temperatures and moderately cool nights, had three mornings in a row of gorgeous dawn skies.  Monday’s sunrise was not quite as spectacular as the previous two but very satisfying just the same.

There was just a hint of ground fog so I went for the sky as the larger element of the composition. I also made a tighter portrait view of the pine tree but haven’t yet processed it.

It occurred to me to turn around and look at the rear of the church which I have photographed before in a very similar composition. I like that there are two weather vanes, including the traditional crowing rooster.  They disagreed on the wind direction which is often the case.  I think one of them might need a squirt of WD-40.

Red sky in the morning and sure enough, the rains came and stayed for a while.  I think we got about 2″ which was quite welcome.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 07.24.2019 Behind the South Congregational Church

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    What a fantastic sky – well worth getting up early for!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    That second photo’s wonderful, although it does bring to mind the possibility that you might need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

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    • I have posted it once previously which you saw back in 2016
      I use the old tried but true wet finger method.

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      • shoreacres says:

        That’s funny. Not only did I not recognize it, I didn’t remember my comment. Apparently “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is embedded pretty deeply into my subconscious!

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      • I’ve had that happen at times to unknowingly quoting myself for the same image when I repost it on FB. That is one of my Dylan favorites so I appreciated your use of it. So I just went and watched this again.
        and then I had to watch this little bit of palindomic genius.


      • shoreacres says:

        I very nearly posted that classic Dylan video — also a favorite — but I’d never seen the Weird Al bit. You’re right — that’s genius. I had to laugh at “A Toyota’s a Toyota,” but all of it’s good.

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      • Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog. is my chuckle line followed closely by Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo. But like you said, it’s all good. I bet Bob even liked it.


  3. Leya says:

    Worth getting up for! Glorious.

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  4. I especially like the church image. But I wonder if there’s a pump on the premises; and if so, does it work? Or did the vandals take the handles?

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    • I am told that the bell tower holds a Revere Bell made by the Revere Foundry of the famous Paul. I am not sure if the bell was made during his lifetime but may have been created by his son. I’ve never been in there to see it. Guess I should but I always worry that if I enter a church I’ll be struck by lightning. I think the wheel we see is part of the mechanism operated from below. The church’s history starts in 1824. I don’t think the solar panels are original.

      I am not sure about your question regarding a pump? Went over my head maybe. I do get the reference. We live in Happy Valley but do have our share of vandals.


  5. We’re in Amherst, but it’s Amherst, New York, outside of Buffalo/Niagara Falls.

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  6. Lovely coloring in all the photos. I really like the church scene.

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    • Thanks, Yvonne. The church seems that favorite of the two. I can only photograph it from this angle so many times but am always drawn to the vantage point rather than another for the inclusion of both vanes. I’ve another image in my mind, from the front of the church with the rising sun in the bell tower but have yet to be there on the right day for it. The quest continues. 🙂

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