Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lovely Lisbon & Moonlit Athens - Louisiana

Pine Tree farms are common in these parts as I travelled from Vienna to Lisbon, Louisiana - had to stop to say hello...

Lisbon was the second stop on my whirlwind World Tour earlier this month which also brought me to Athens.  Determination can be a strong motivator and I was ready to gallivant up to the Great Lands of Northwest Louisiana to see what inspiration they would bring.  
As usual, my favorite part of the journey was getting there.

There was an acute loveliness on this lonely road to Lisbon.

I reached Lisbon in the late afternoon, having spent most of my time on the side of the road taking pictures of things like my own shadow and trees with no leaves..

I sat here in the parking lot of the Great American Lisbon Post Office for quite a while fiddling with my camera which decided to jam on me and then realized that my digital point and shoot was on its last battery leg because genius here decided to plug in her ipod rather than charge backup batteries.....
But I stayed in Lisbon long enough to discover the Methodist Church and the incredibly cool cemetary next to it.  

I left Lisbon with falling light and dubious cameras and raced to get to Athens before sunset.  

I sorta made it.  

I didn't have much time, and camera issues proved difficult with no flash, but I dutifully captured various religious and civic centers.

Athens was the town, or village, rather, that I had planned to spend the most time in.  But things don't always work out as planned, sometimes they work out even better.  The light was quickly falling and I had almost a 2 hour drive upon me to Nachitoches, where I was meeting a friend.  I was leaving Athens a little disappointed for not having seen much of it when I came across this Nativity scene (it was just past New Years) and Church against a purple-y sky.

I thought it quite peaceful and pretty, with the moon shining from behind.  

Happy to have stumbled upon such a tranquil scene, I left Athens  in a better mindset for my moonlit and woodsy drive to Nachitoches, when unbeknownst to me...I found myself in -  (Mt) Lebanon!  

Its a small world, after all...

(p.s. headlights make a great light source when you find yourself out of a flash...)

all content (c) Natasha Sanchez