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Life Reclaimed (Saint Calamine) #13978

This country church sat very close to the edge of a two lane blacktop road and I went right by it while driving around on a get-lost ramble in rural Fulton County, Pennsylvania. It was an obvious thing to shoot, so I pulled off into the churchyard grass and walked back with the tripod and camera. The church door sat so close to the road that I was actually standing on the yellow line while taking this picture which was proof that it was from the horse and buggy days. There was no berm and I had to listen carefully for cars as I concentrated on the shot and the camera, but it wasn’t much of a problem being so far out in the PA boonies.<br />
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I really enjoyed the composition just as it was and didn’t want to change a thing, the story was already ready-made with the door hanging open and covered in overgrown leaves...so I didn’t touch a thing and clicked the shutter. Later after getting home and the image up on the computer, I realized this was one huge poison ivy plant! No wonder the door could hang open with no one bothering the old abandoned church! It had to be an alien mutant, I’ve never seen poison ivy this large. <br />
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And that’s the honest-to-gawd story of how the subtitle of this image came to be Saint Calamine…<br />
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