The discovery of this church started with an early Saturday morning drive. I often do this when I need to clear my head.
After driving for about a half hour, I saw a sign to a road and town I have only heard about. It was a short 12 mile drive off the main road.
As I neared the small community, population 75, I saw the church steeple towering above the trees.
The blue summer skies paint a perfect backdrop for the white country church.
A shady spot to take a rest.....
Most country churches I photograph, have a cemetery nearby.
The doors of the church were locked. I was already back in my truck, when a car drove up.
As his car door opened, I was half expecting it to be the priest. But, instead, it was one of the parishioners.
Lucky for me.... and you, my dear readers, he had a key. He was kind enough to open the church for a few quick photos.
It is very common, in the area where I live, to see faux marble painted in the interiors.
The bright sunlight, coming through the glass windows, gave a rosy glow inside.
Over the altar was a hand-painted mural. I wish I had taken more time to photograph it. My understanding is that it is painted on canvas.
Most of the Texas churches, I have photographed, have designs painted directly on the wood.
I couldn't resist showing you this photo...right there, on the church property, are several shallow oil wells, pumping oil.
After all....this is Texas.
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gorgeous!! love those stain glass windows. so pretty. very detailed. you really do find the greatest ones to share. thanks, for linking up. hope you are well. take care. ( :ReplyDelete
Thanks Beth...and thanks for co-hosting InSPIREd Sunday.Delete
The church is gorgeous on the outside but the interior is even more amazing. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I am so lucky to live around so many amazing small country churches. Thanks for all your lovely comments.Delete
Those windows are so unexpected. I just love themReplyDelete
I'm so grateful to the man that opened up the small church....just for me to photograph. Otherwise we would have missed out on the beautiful view of the glass.Delete
What a lovely place you found! It looks so pretty and a great place for a rest.ReplyDelete
I have seen metal benches like this before....they are made by a local craftsman.Delete
There's nothing like going for a morning or afternoon drive and spire-spotting! What fun! Thanks for sharing. Keep the fires away.ReplyDelete
I'm surrounded with so many small communities and beautiful country churches. It is great fun and relaxing. Thanks so much for co-hosting this link.Delete
I can understand why you enjoy your sunday drives. What a lovely peaceful place!ReplyDelete
It is peaceful here....Your latest post was very interesting.....love the trip by boat!Delete
What lovely details. Tom The Backroads TravellerReplyDelete
And, everything was so well maintained. The community of 75, obviously love this little church.Delete
I'm so glad you got to go inside. The pictures are beautiful. I too love the blue sky and white country church.ReplyDelete
Me, too....it made this post so much more interesting. It was a lovely, but very hot day!Delete
I love this church, the windows are beautiful. I would have liked to see more of the altar, it looks stunning. Great country setting!! Thanks for showing us..ReplyDelete
I think I got a little flustered, because I knew I was taking up this man's time. Ordinarily, I would have taken more detail shots, especially the altar. Thanks for stopping by today.Delete
I often take drives to clear my head..you found a beautiful church! I have never seen one up here with a painted ceiling. :)ReplyDelete
You know, here on the prairie, there are many old churches with painted ceilings...and walls. I think it came from the German and Polish heritage that was brought here.Delete