Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Country Churches

There are a few very small towns to the southeast of Naples, on the way to the Everglades.
(Goodland, which you saw yesterday, is one of them.)  Each small town has at least one church.


Everglades City was the staging area for the construction of the Tamiami Trail -- the main road from Tampa to Miami -- through the Everglades in the 1920s.  Everglades City lies south of the 
Tamiami Trail, at the eastern edge of the Ten Thousand Islands.  
Today it has only 400 residents but three churches.  This is the community church.


Copeland is north of the Tamiami Trail, with the Big Cypress National Preserve to the east and the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve Park to the west.  Copeland is home to 275 people and a Baptist Church.

City Daily Photo bloggers post photographs on a theme on the first day of each month.  On 
February 1, they will address this intriguing question:  If you had to leave forever the city 
from which you usually post, what would you miss most?  

20 comments:

Lowell said...

Welcome to Florida where there's about 1 church for every redneck cracker. Heck, we've got over 200 Baptist churches in Ocala...plus a bunch of other brands. You could make a career out of shooting churches in this state.

BTW, I'm waiting for more on your story. "A man walked into a bar..." and ?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They are lovely little churches Jack. Are they all still holding services, with so few a population the congregations must be rather small.

Luis Gomez said...

Interesting. Nice shots Jack.

Sharon Anck said...

These both have that country church look to them.

Karl Demetz said...

The church on the second photo is so cute !

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

These are two very attractive little buildings. It's interesting to me how the New World quickly developed its own vernacular architecture which deviates in so many ways from anything you'd see in Europe. I see that both of these churches have a cross atop the tower. You might expect that to be a fairly obvious embellishment but I can only think of one parish church in this area which has a cross in that position. Wooden church are also very rare.

Sylvia K said...

You don't see many -- if any churches like these in the northwest. Definitely southern, country church look! Great B&W shots for the day!

VP said...

Sorry, you know that B&W makes me sad...

William Kendall said...

Beautiful churches, and very Southern indeed.

Halcyon said...

Love these "old" churches. They also look great in black and white.

RedPat said...

They look like real country churches to me - I hope they survive the small populations in their towns.

cieldequimper said...

Little House on the P... No wait, there are no palm trees on the prairie... Very nice!

jennyfreckles said...

Pretty little churches, I hope they have thriving congregations. As John says, you couldn't get more different from most of our village churches.

Michelle said...

These look great in black and white.

Randy said...

Perfect in b&w.

Lois said...

Very pretty little churches! The second one reminds me of the old Episcopal church I attended when I was growing up in Jacksonville Beach.

Kate said...

You seldom post B&W so these two photos are a departure and a real treat. Great job on both buildings.

Bob Crowe said...

Beautiful photos. Makes me think of the churches in Costa Rica, to which we return in nine days. Almost none are air conditioned. They have broad eaves to keep out the sun and rain, with lattice-work sides to let the breeze through. It works.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like these in B&W. Little churches here in Canada often become houses when the congregations get too small to maintain the buildings.

Kay said...

Your black and white is so crisp and clear! It really suits these two shots.