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Steeple Sunrise

Here's the church, and here's the steeple; Open the door and see all the people; Here's the parson going upstairs; Here he is saying his prayers...

Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple; Open the door and see all the people; Here’s the parson going upstairs; Here he is saying his prayers… READ IT»

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"Place Tripod Here" my friends would say. But for me, it's the money shot. Note the painting around the inside of the skylight.
Fasade of tarps and fences on the old house.  It used to have a bronze ornament on the second floor patio, but it was taken for scrap years ago.
No more bailouts. No excuses.
One of the storehouses, once used to store the empty cartridges before propellent was added.
Taken while standing on the torn outline of a scrapped altar. With my back to the faded outlines of men, books and the Holy Grail, the room seems much lighter.
One of the few unbroken works of stained glass art, hiding in the top corner of the cathedral--perhaps out of the range of thrown stones. Note the pigeon in the center of the frame who has made its home there. The dark areas of the glass are in the shape of the plywood bolted over the exterior.
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