We arrived just in time. The last rays of direct sunlight were still shining strong on the western side of the church when we pulled up.
I hopped out of the car and plunged into the thigh-deep drift of snow piled beside the road. With considerable effort, I made my way to the angle I thought would best showcase an up-close perspective of the old, forgotten structure that we had driven half an hour to scout.
Too bad the snow wasn’t fresh. I could just image how lovely the place would look under a soft blanket of snow surrounded by stately conifers weighed down with white.
But the reality was, well, it wasn’t exactly an enchanting situation.
So, you make the best with what you’ve got, right? Perhaps some of that ugly, old-snow look could be minimized if it was photographed from a distance?
It was worth a try. The sun continued it’s steady decent closer and closer to the treetops, casting longer and longer shadows over the aged stone structure. We’d have to hurry.
Down the road a piece, we strapped on our snowshoes and headed off into an adjacent field, starting further away and slowly moving in closer and closer to the church to make sure our own tracks didn’t interfere with any “perfect perspectives” we might happen to stumble upon.
And this is what we stumbled upon. Perfect perspective? Debatable. Epic? No. But it’s a shot worth keeping if for nothing else than to serve as a token of our exploratory mission and a reminder to not forget that though every situation may not be ideal, there is still something good to be found in every situation.
Frost Village Church, Quebec, Canada
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