I've noticed that I take a lot of pictures of buildings. I often think that those pictures, those buildings will inspire some later writing. Do they inspire you?
Like many people, I love old barns and outbuildings, the things parked in front of them and inside them, the foliage growing through them.
But maybe you prefer urban buildings. Below, I love the mix of old and new in the same Miami horizon:
I love an old Southern downtown (below, McCormick, South Carolina):
Or maybe you prefer something more tropical:
Or maybe a different kind of waterfront:
Do you like chapels and churches?
I have lots of pictures of chapels (above at Mepkin Abbey, below at Lutheridge, a mountain church camp). When I was in Europe, I didn't have a digital camera, so I don't have pictures of the great cathedrals. Does it matter?
Maybe you would prefer a mountain cottage:
Or maybe a lighthouse speaks to you:
Above, a more traditional lighthouse by South Florida's Biscayne Bay. Below, a less traditional building that I think also functions as a lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay.
I wish I had pictures of old Southern homes, with those broad, beautiful porches. I wish I had pictures of all the DC townhouses that I studied during morning commutes when I was a college student home for summer. I wish I had more pictures of suburbia, to see if its reputation for blandness is merited.
I used to see buildings as fairly permanent, but now that I've owned a few, I know that the ravages of nature can be relentless, even against materials I would have thought of as impervious. Wood rots, concrete cracks, plastic melts.
Only pictures remain.
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