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If Ye Love Me...Keep My Commandments

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Bulent Celasun , December 26, 2009; 04:34 P.M.

"Striking" is the word, in more than one sense!

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Patsy Dunn , December 27, 2009; 03:03 P.M.

John, Wow.....this is one powerful scene in more ways than one. Happy New Year!!! Patsy

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Corey Smith , December 30, 2009; 10:45 A.M.

The bright white lettering stands out nicely against the dark of the building, and I love how the attention is drawn to the letters first, and the lightning second. Usually in a photo with lightning, the bolts are so bright that they are the immediate focal point, but here they remain in the background and really add an amazing element of power to the photograph without sucking the life out of the building.

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Jerry Beasley , December 30, 2009; 11:14 A.M.

Okay Lord, you have my attention! Very well done, John.

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John Galyon , December 31, 2009; 06:35 A.M.

thanks for your comments ladies and gents! Jerry...you're too funny. Corey...i very intentionally made certain that the letter stood out boldly, but thanks for pointing out something that i at least consciously had not noticed, i.e., the lightning not being so bright that it overpowered the lettering. that could have very well have been the case. i got lucky on that aspect I suppose.

Christal Steele , January 03, 2010; 05:44 P.M.


"and the wrath of God".....somebody must not have been loving enough. :-) A powerful image beautifully realized. Happy New Year to you, John!

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Melanie Newman , January 04, 2010; 07:58 P.M.

going in my favorites....


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John Galyon , January 06, 2010; 03:21 A.M.

Christal, Here in the South it's been very common to find barns and other buildings used as billboards for religious messages...although the practice seems to be fading. As well, the cost of building barns this size has become very prohibitive. The older ones were build almost exclusivelyy of oak...which is now very expensive. A barn the size of this one would cost upwards of 3/4 of a million dollars. So now...we have smaller pre-fab metal barns with no character whatsoever...and no room for such signs. And, not so sure that this generation is quite as prone to expressing their religious convictions in this manner either. Just wish I had more time to get out and prowl the countryside for more shots like this before they fade into time.

Christal Steele , January 06, 2010; 07:52 A.M.


I remember (particularly in the south) the old Mail Pouch Tobacco signs on barns, but I don't remember seeing religious messages like this one. I have another barn shot with a message I'm going to dig out and send to you. It's an advertisement for some elixir or tonic, and I found it funny. Look for it soon. Thanks!

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John Galyon , January 06, 2010; 08:59 A.M.

Christal, You might want to check out my photos of barns...most of them with Rock City signs, or ads for various caverns. I think there's a Morton's Salt barn. I'd very much like to see your shot if you can find it! John

John Galyon , January 06, 2010; 07:38 P.M.

Melanie, Thanks! It's very gratifying to know that you like one of my shots enough to place it in your favorites. Regards, John

Christal Steele , January 06, 2010; 11:00 P.M.


Christal's barn

I looked through your portfolio, which I hadn't done in awhile. Impressive!! I need to spend more time there, but for now I was looking mostly at your barns so I could respond to you. I remember well the Rock City barns, but I hadn't seen the Morton (Jefferson?) Salt one before. I love old historic barns, and in fact I've recently done some research on the round barns throughout the country. I notice that there aren't very many in NC, but we have a lot of them here in Indiana. Here is a link if you're interested: http://www.dalejtravis.com/barn/rbarns.htm

As for my barn, I thought it was hysterical, and I jumped out to quickly grab a picture of it for the record. The history about it can be found at: http://quackdoctor.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/dr-pierces-pleasant-pellets/ The barn is located on old Hwy 99 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. If you can enlarge it enough you'll see a small sign that says '1900 Cochran Old Barn'.

Here's my photo....hope you enjoy this bit of trivia....hope I didn't send you WAY more than you were interested in. :-)

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John Galyon , January 08, 2010; 01:42 P.M.

Christal, Thanks so much for sending your photo. I truly love this one...what a great find! I'll be sure to connect to all the links you've sent as well. As for "WAY" more info....no such thing! I love to converse on just about anything...especially anything "photography". Oh...and you're right. It was a Jefferson Salt barn...not Morton, although there are Morton Salt barns as well. The one I shot ...wasn't shot so well, but I did it on the run. But get this. It is stood there, right across the street from my parents house for years and I never got around to taking any really good pics of it. I was always in a hurry, or the light wasn't right...etc. One of those situations where you think you'll just get it later. Then...a tornado ripped through, tore half the roof off...and the owners decided to just tear it down rather than repair it. Goes to show that we'd better photograph these old buildings while we can...because they're fast becoming extinct. Thanks again! John

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