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old church

The exterior walls and front steps are all that remain of an old church in the Halawa Valley on Moloka’i.  Trees grow around it.  Trees grow inside it.  It still provides shelter and sanctuary, but no longer to a human congregation.  In addition to the trees, bushes and vines, birds and insects call it home as well.  The choir consists of chirps, tweets and buzzing.  It’s still a peaceful place to linger, to commune with nature, and to be reminded that our presence here is temporary.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…



  1. Love this photo…and I definitely think that to be aware of our fleeting presence is a good thing…it makes me live right now, for today 🙂

    • Thanks Seonaid. 🙂

      I’m sure you get a very real appreciation for the sweetness and the brevity of life from your “day job.” Thank you for doing what you do…and for sharing your wonderful words and images with me. 🙂

      Carpe diem!
      RPRT Photo

      • Thank you, what a lovely response. Yes I think working with cancer definitely leaves me wanting to live for now…..we never know when now might change 🙂 and thanks for the encouragement for my photos….

  2. Beautiful, and I love your reflection. Blessings!

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