Since moving to Denison TX over a year ago, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church has been masked behind scaffolding while being restored to her former glory.

I drove by with a setting sun reflecting off the grand old building. She is a seemingly difficult subject when trying to expound the glorious complexity of the over one hundred year old structure.

I would have never thought that I would be trying on a black and white software treatment (NIK Silver Efex Pro 2), But the black and white just seemed to bring out the  resplendent structure.

Resting in His arms, waiting to become. ††† monos en theos ††† jasL

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #816 – BE THE RED CHAIR


There is an old deserted church in our neighborhood, Pleasant Grove Baptist.

It has a castle like and crumbling exterior. I have been building the nerve to take a peak inside.

Amidst the rubble, trash and decay sat this beautiful red chair where the altar had once been.

I listened to hear the stories it could bear witness to, but all I heard was the need to be like the red chair. To sit amongst the rubble. To stand firm and retain your form even when it all seems to be falling apart.

monos en theos…†…jim


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Grandfalls Texas, Multi-Denominational Church

We were driving home from a afternoon of hard work, as if getting to make photographs for a living should ever be considered hard. But photography was taught to me as an 80% furniture moving & 20% photography kind of operation. Anyhow, I was tired and my back was aching.

We have driven by this church many times. I have stopped to photograph it during daylight, but this time it was late dusk on a Wednesday night. The structure was aglow with cool blue light and warmth from within.

The photograph could and should have been a lot better. The highlights are blown out and I wasn’t sure if I liked the lights of the oilfield trucks that just keep on coming by. Still, the image stands up for me. Mainly because I took the effort to stop and record a visual opportunity.

So often I have zipped on past such offerings and then beat myself up for days and weeks for the would of, should of, could of thinking. So it stands as much more than just an image of a church in passing.

We also were blessed by the spirit of old hymns drifting to us between the rumble of passing trucks. I have often wondered how the heck can a multi-denominational church work?  I have only attended single denomination churches and the bickering there amongst like minded folks has most often driven me away. Yepp, it was worth the stop.

Go with the flow and stop for the know.   en theos ††† jim

Photos on the journey #428


Mission Mary



Written records for Mission Mary began in 1902, when a thirty four year old priest from the Netherlands started recording baptisms and marriages. Father Nicolas Brocardus arrived in the United States in 1892 and started serving the Big Bend in 1897. At first Father Brocardus rode the circuit on horseback or in a buggy, later in a Ford Model T. Father Brocardus made his rounds about once a month , at that time baptisms and marriages were performed.



Like all growing communities Calera residents eventually decided that they needed a church building, the structure was made of adobe and rock. Although the community was financially poor they banded together to construct the adobe structure. This original building served the community until the late1930s or early 1940s when the diocese that was building a new church in Brogado plastered the original adobe building. Since Calera never grew into a large community it remained a mission first served by Father Brocardus from Saint Josephs Parish in Fort Davis. Later responsibility for Mission Mary fell on the priest from Brogado. Mission Mary was eventually abandoned and only the Church at Brogado remained.



After being abandoned the building became occupied by bats, cows, horses and other creatures. In 2002 Calera Foundation was formed to restore Mission Mary.


Photos on the journey #384


Acts 5:12-16

New International Version (NIV)

The Apostles Heal Many

12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.

en theos†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #282

It was windy in Da Pine today. How windy you ask? Breezy enough to blow the brim off this Mexican Hat bloom.“The older you get the stronger the wind gets — and it’s always in your face. “–Jack NicklausSet your direction by your sails and not the gales on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim

via Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #282.