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Loleta Community Church

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 24 September 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Loleta, California

This is an archive image from earlier this year. Hence the sky being suddenly blue. As you can see from the roof of the church and the house just beyond - it can get a little damp here.

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Zygene from morlaix, France

Une très jolie baptiste pleine de lumière.

24 Sep 2008 5:43am

@Zygene: C'est une belle vieille église en bois. Nous vous remercions de votre visite.

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

I gather that is moss on the roof next to this? Far out I have never seen moss growing on a roof, that is mad, is it also growing on the street (or do I need glasses?) This is a wonderful image of this sleepy little town!

24 Sep 2008 5:48am

@Kylie Greenan: There is not a thing wrong with your eyeballs, my friend. Moss is everywhere up here during the winter months. This area gets over 60 inches (152 cm) of rain in the period from late October through the end of April. We are talking about some serious wet.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very interesting, churches are so different from here... Very damp indeed, may be some flowers on the roof now... :-))

24 Sep 2008 5:53am

yz from Hungary

I like the perspective very much

24 Sep 2008 8:44am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

So this was a rare very sunny day? I can't imagine that much rain in six months! Nice shot!

24 Sep 2008 9:56am

kerfendal from Paris, France

very interesting picture, the choice of large scale is a good one

24 Sep 2008 10:19am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the (mostly) blue skies of California...the white church stands out so wonderfully here. Such a nostalgic feel!

24 Sep 2008 12:37pm

Lorena from Fort Myers, United States

Nice framing! I love old churches

24 Sep 2008 12:49pm

lorraine from Canada

It's stunning and you've taken it so well....Maybe it's expensive, maybe trains don't run, maybe no one enters the church, it still is beautiful ;)

24 Sep 2008 2:12pm

Anthony from Bielefeld, Germany

great street corner shot.nice architecture.

24 Sep 2008 2:50pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A beautiful old structure and looks pretty well preserved. Has some wonderful ornate features.

24 Sep 2008 3:32pm

@sherri: I can't begin to tell you how many times I thought of you as I shot these images and put this series together. I had to resist placing a literary quote at the end. Best to you - and John - and Evie.

Marcie from United States

Really nice old church. Always suprises me to see how different the architecture can be on the west coast.

24 Sep 2008 4:32pm

_____ H o M o _____ from Tehran, Iran

great shot , perfect

24 Sep 2008 5:11pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

It's a beautiful church... all in white... and wood... lovely architecture... I like the use of the wide angle for this shot, and the light is perfect...

24 Sep 2008 5:22pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

beautiful light -- and the antiquated architecture is wonderful to see! this certainly doesn't look like any of the surrounds directly out of San Francisco's Bay Area! how far away of a drive is this? looks like very peaceful living! 60" of rain? yikes! :)

24 Sep 2008 7:12pm

@dj.tigersprout: It's about 270 miles from San Francisco. A driver would need about four and a half hours - a photographer would need all day (and that's a fact).

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

This gives a great impression of this part of town. I have no idea about the area, but looks like a forgotten quarter of the state.

Excellent light and compo Stephen.

24 Sep 2008 8:46pm

@Observing: This is why I spend so much time in Northern California. Population pressures will see this area develop. The principal link is California Highway 101. It used to be a slow - two lane - dangerous highway. Most of these sections have been replaced with modern freeway and the areas that haven't are either happening now or will be soon. This will greatly add to the development rush.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Interesting. This image shows a typicall american church that we seen on the movies. This really looks a forgotten village. Wonderful moment Stephen. Thanks!!

24 Sep 2008 10:18pm

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

What a great church. I would hope they have kept the bell in working order and it rings at least once a week. Although the architecture is a little different, it is exactly what I expected. A white church with a tall steeple to welcome the town through its front doors. With all that rain, I wonder just how many coats of white paint have been slapped on over the years? Watkinsville is in Georgia. A small town just south of Athens, GA (home to the University of Ga). Originally set in the late 1800's to be the home of UGA except for one small problem. The Eagle Tavern sold beer. So the University moved 8 miles north to Athens. Ironically, the Eagle Tavern is now the welcome center in Watkinsville and the county is a dry county. No mention as to tomorrows photo, so I guess it will be a surprise.

25 Sep 2008 12:32am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Ah, every little town has its little church.

25 Sep 2008 1:11pm