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Two of my ongoing photography projects are “Windows” and “Voices from the Past.”  There are separate galleries on my website for each one.  I continually add images to these two galleries as I run across appropriate photo opportunities.

View of Florence, Italy from the San Marco Museum

In the “Windows” gallery are shots of windows that I consider special or unusual – from one of three perspectives.  Some windows are special due to the actual window itself.  The window has a special intrigue, just the shear photographic beauty of the window.  Others are special as you look through them to the inside.  The view reveals the character of the people living there.  Why have the owners elected to share this view with the outside world?  I wonder for what reason.  What does it tell you about the owner?  Thirdly windows can be special because of the view from the inside looking out.  The window reveals to the insider what is going on outside.  Is the window there to provide light or to provide a special view?  Included is one of my favorite “windows,” a view which includes the Duomo in Florence, Italy through a window in the San Marco Museum.  The museum had previously been a monastery.  Initially the view was from inside the monastery looking out to view the church.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

In the “Voices from the Past“gallery are shots of artifacts, products of human conception whose time of usefulness has pasted although it continues to remain on nature’s landscape, at least for now.  These will ultimately, permanently disappear from our view.  They have a significant

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

beauty even thought they are a shell of their past existence.  Even in their diminished state their beauty shows as they act as a reminder of our past, never to be forgotten.  I have included two of my favorite shots of the Old Sheldon Church located between Yemassee and Beaufort, SC.  The history of the church mirrors the conflicts of our country.  The church was built between 1745 and 1755 and organized by William Bull whose Newberry Plantation bordered the church property.  The church was burned in May, 1779 during the Revolutionary War by General Prevost’s British troops.  The church was rebuilt in 1826 only to be burned again in January, 1865 by Sherman’s 15th Corps under General John Logan.  The church was never rebuilt but continues to stand as a protected monument.  The Greek Revival style church ruins and the lovely grounds are spectacularly beautiful and peaceful.  The site continues to be used for weddings, picnics and visits by vacationers in the area.

These images are also part of their respective galleries as part of Ernie Kale Photography website.  Please visit my website, http://www.erniekale.com, and leave a comment in the Guest book.

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