The Character of a Bell

Phantom Ranch (Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA)
Phantom Ranch (Grand Canyon NP, Arizona, USA)

Hiking sections of the Appalachian trail through Connecticut, you could orient yourself with the sight of the church steeple peeking through the maples and birches.  At times, deep in the forest, you could only hear was the tolling of the bell.

The old Pleasant Valley School (San Miguel, California, USA)
The old Pleasant Valley School (San Miguel, California, USA)

I can appreciate the sound of the ringing bell but am not fascinated by it.  What I like is the study of light and shadow as it wraps the unique shapes of the bell.  There is the symmetry of shape contrasted with asymmetrical shadows moving with the light of day.  And the color, polished or faded, tells a story.  The tale of care or neglect.  Regardless, their character grows with age.  Their shape may signify a cultural but with rust or patina, they are the individuals.

Hearst Ranch (San Simeon, California, USA)
Hearst Ranch (San Simeon, California, USA)
Ferry to San Francisco (Larkspur, California, USA)
Ferry to San Francisco (Larkspur, California, USA)
Row of bells (Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand)
Row of bells (Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand)

5 thoughts on “The Character of a Bell”

  1. I love that you can look at something so simple and put so much thought in to it. And I also love that you can go in to your archives and pull out so many great photos of bells. It reminds me of the bell shaped signs throughout California as you follow the old Mission trail.

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  2. My commute follows the Mission trail yet that’s a picture I have never stopped to take. It’s such an iconic symbol, I will have to make it a priority. Half the fun of writing is going back through the old trips with a theme in mind. The only part I don’t like is looking at the dates; how time flies.

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