Inspired by Barry's passion for his community, I've decided to take part in the My Town Friday Photo Shoot-Out, a project started to get bloggers out into their communities and showing them off to each other. I figure there's no better way to get to know my new home of Juneau, Alaska!
I thought this theme would have been a piece of cake, but it was actually kind of difficult! Juneau is chock-full of aged and weathered things--driftwood, sea shanties, fishermen...but I had a hard time finding individual things to take pictures of. I was tempted to just take a photo of the entire city and post it. It is, afterall, a fishing town--not as much as Yakutat, perhaps, but fishing is still a big part of the economy. That, and I had a cold earlier in the week and it rained ridiculous amounts so going out to shoot with our brand new camera was a bad idea. In spite of this, I present you the following:
The Chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese, which I've included in earlier MTFPSOs before, is indeed aged (built in the 1920s) and weathered. The beach rocks that it was built with are fine, but the mortar between them is crumbling and it needs a huge overhaul. It's one of Kip's and y favorite places in Juneau, and we made a donation to the preservation of this building in lieu of a wedding favor to our guests. If you're interested in helping preserve this beautiful building, check out www.shrineofsttherese.com
The Box, our trusty mode of transportation, is 12 years old and showing it. Most cars in Juneau sport the "Juneau Body"--rusted! Blame it on living in a temperate rainforest.
...even the electrical signs aren't safe.
These plants must be aged, and the door's wood was more weathered-looking in real life.
The Fireweed that was once positively fuscia has now aged past its peak, waiting for winter snows to set in. It's a remnant of the beautiful summer we had.
Not a "my town" shot, but I still think some of you will appreciate it--a wedding photo! Austyn grabbed a weathered piece of wood and put our rings on this aging train track to take this photo. I'm going to follow up in the next few days with a post of wedding photos so friends who couldn't make it and friends in blogland who have been wanting to see them can do so!