Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Earth's Ruins

"The world breaks everyone ... and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."
Hemingway

Coventry Parish Ruins are the remnants of a historic Episcopal church located at Rehobeth, Somerset County, Maryland. It consists of a two-story seven-bay by three-bay Flemish bond brick church erected between 1785 and 1788. The ruin has been reduced to three primary walls since the south wall rises only a foot above ground level, except for one single-story pier. At the time of its construction it was the largest Episcopal church on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


I stood in one of the windows and loved the contrast between the old brick walls and the view of the blue sky .....






"So many, many things are Mystery."


"Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.”
(Robert Browning)

8 comments:

Bren May 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

I don't know how many ways I can say how much I love your photos, but I'll keep trying. The angle on these and the way you finished them out just pull me in, vivid and haunting. And the Hemingway quote, well that one's for my daughter, you had no way of knowing but reading it gave strength were it was needed.

Bless you

Betty May 12, 2010 at 4:32 AM  

Frances what great pictures. Wouldn't you love to have seen that buidling before it fell and this was all that remained.

Sewn With Grace May 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

What a wonderful post, Frances. I love old churches and try to picture the congregation singing the old hymns that we still sing today. I can't imagine all the joy, sorrow, praise and worship that went on there. Such a beautiful site!

Bonnie May 14, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

I'm so glad you posted these on your blog too. I couldn't see all the magnificent details over at 365. simply beautiful Frances. I'm with Bren, how can you find the words to say that all of your work is inspiring, beautiful beyond words... and the history and stories that you have to share with them. Always a delight. One of these days... coffee and driving about the countryside... we have to have are paths cross. :)

xoxo,

Bonnie

I Love Pretty Little Things May 14, 2010 at 7:11 AM  

How Beautiful! What an amazing history. I am so glad that it is not going to be completely torn down!

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Isn't amazing how many sweet memories flood or hearts and minds when we see certain images? I am so happy that my post brought back such warm memories for you!

Have a great day,
Joyce

Bren May 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

I wanted to tell you that Keyhole In Time is now gracing my entryway where I see it every time I come and go to the loft. I love the end result and could not have done it without your great photograph. Always grateful
People love it by the way, your picture is speaking to them too :-)

Mary May 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

I found you by way of Bren's blog.
Your photography is wonderful!!!

bonnie May 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

I especially like the picture that includes the gravestones in a line and shadows on the side.....

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