My photo friend the Meanderer recently posted a lovely photo (here) of horse chestnut leaves that she’d photographed through a window fogged over with condensation. I was immediately reminded of a scene that caught my eye back at the end of November, when CD, Schwes, and I made a trip to Old Salem while we were on our North Carolina road trip. The tree outside was, I believe, a Willow Oak, and I shot it through a window that was, if not the original, at least typical of the quality of glass that was used when the community was young and thriving, possibly in the early- to-mid-1800s. The settlement was founded by members of the Moravian church, a group that emigrated there from the kingdoms of Bomemia and Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic.
When I first processed my photos from the day, I passed over this one because of its relative lack of detail, but when I revisited it today, I was quite pleased with its abstract, dreamlike, and warm quality. I very much like how the uneven glass has distorted the autumnal and wind-blown leaves of the old tree. Just click on the photo and some of the details will become a bit more clear. Thanks for the memory jog, Meanderer!