On a dreary Sunday, Bill and I decided to head south, check out back roads and then wind up at Bass Pro, a huge store near Richmond. Rain threatened constantly, and with heavy grey clouds hanging above us the air felt damp and thick. But we had fully charged batteries and the heater on, so all was good. Even umbrellas were loaded in the trunk, just in case we wanted to shoot in the pouring rain.
We found this quaint little church built in 1908 but frustratingly, there was no way to get past the locked door.
Further down the road we trundled across an abandoned yard with an old Dodge parked in front of a shed but we didn't hang about. I snapped a quick shot and we left, taking heed of the numerous 'No Trespassing' signs.
It was getting towards 3 when we finally turned up at the Bass Pro store. It was HUGE! But I didn't want to get sucked into that sticky, grabbing retail web yet. My belly was practically yelling, not grumbling, for lunch, so we walked first to the restaurant.
So with full bellies it was time to check out the vast store. Bill walked one way to view the boats and I headed in another direction, something pink catching my eye.
The play set is here.
We weren't having much luck in finding anything photogenic in a rustic or abandoned sense, so it was with great excitement that a little area caught my eye and we turned around to investigate further.
A small field was dotted with little sheds and a couple of larger barn style buildings but all were vacant.
We started driving back towards Marshall and the dusk was drawing in as we passed Culpeper. The old Fleetwood church is slowly being restored, and small candle lights beckoned us from windows on the side so we pulled in for our last photos of the day.
Later when looking at my photos I realized that throughout the day I had subconsciously focused on capturing images of windows and doors. Hmm, wonder if there's any subliminal message behind that....