The grace of an earlier day

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Comments (17)

MaryAlice on December 6, 2009

So much grace indeed! It is magnificent! It's truly amazing the difference all those unkept shrubs made.

It sets the mind on fire, doesn't it? When you just imagine all the feet that have walked across this porch... all the stories it has to tell. Different families that have lived here, all the big parties that have been celebrated here, Christmas celebrations..... Oh, it must have been spectacular all decorated for Christmas. Can you even imagine?

I'm delighted that you were able to go and see this wonderful home, and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful version of it with me.

Wishing you a warmer Sunday with lots of Sun,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on December 6, 2009

I'm so glad that you like this, Mary Alice, and that the house fires up your imagination as it does mine. Thank you for your lovely comment.

And for any who happen by, here's the striking photo that Mary Alice took of the same veranda, fourteen months earlier when it was in sorrier condition.


mardrl on December 7, 2009

This could be the porch from "To Kill A Mockingbird". It is wonderful.

Milo1978 on December 9, 2009

Great Photo Marilyn! I love all of the various lines in the photo, i.e. the vertical of the columns, the horizontal of the floor boards, the diagonal lines of the ceiling and the shadows of the banisters. All of the different lines keep my eye busy!

Hank Waxman on December 11, 2009

"Classic" is the word that comes to my mind, Marilyn.


Irene Steeves on December 16, 2009

I'd love to have my afternoon tea on this porch! Excellent capture Marilyn. Greetings, Irene

luciano passos cruz … on December 19, 2009

Beautiful shot black and white.Greetings,luciano passos cruz.Bahia.BRASIL.

Marilyn Whiteley on December 20, 2009

Thank you, Margot, Milo, Hank, Irene, and Luciano. We were about to leave this lovely old house when the sun came partway out and I noticed the shadows that hadn't been there a few minutes earlier!


Ian Stehbens on January 4, 2010

Dear Marilyn,

I appreciate the elegance too which you have conveyed very well indeed, emphasising the geometry so well. The classic theme is well expressed in b&w.

Some literature classics from the South spring to mind.


Kimák Ibolya on January 6, 2010

This is a beautiful photo! Thanks for you vizit! Greetings from Hungary! Ibolya

Marilyn Whiteley on January 7, 2010

Ian, I am glad that you received from this the same "feeling" of the South that I did. (And of course the geometry was satisfying!)

Ibolya, I appreciate your visit and your comment. Greetings from Canada.


archrodney NO VIEWS on February 13, 2010

Very artsy, Marilyn! Great composition. cheers, archrodney!

Marilyn Whiteley on February 13, 2010

Thanks, archrodney. There's a story behind the "artsyness"! This house used to belong to the aunt of a relative mine. Mary Alice (who made the first comment here) had taken a wonderful picture of it, but my relative felt sad at how that photo showed the deterioration of the house. By the time we visited, the house had been put up for sale and the vegetation had been kept under better control. I wanted to get a photo that would show my relative that the house still retains much of its original dignity. Cheers, Marilyn

Guia Arquitectura on March 13, 2010

Beautiful B&W

Marilyn Whiteley on March 15, 2010

Thank you, G a. I liked how the B&W showed the way the architecture created such a peaceful setting.

ai savery on March 28, 2010

A lovely image, Marilyn, reduced to the classical elements by your choice of B&W. You evoke a peaceful, quiet atmosphere that this grand old house of your heritage obviously still retains. Were you and Mary Alice able to rendezvous on this trip - you were so close! -alicia

KINO DIAS on April 21, 2010

bo!!!! felicidades!!!! desde México

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 6, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2009/12/05 10:40:57
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 5.55mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash