Foundation by Pete Janes

Just up the road from Beaufort, South Carolina there is a singularly eerie place hidden among the lowcountry swamp and weeping willows. The ruin of the Old Sheldon Church has a forsaken quality, a palpable hopelessness. After the church was burned during the Revolutionary War and then rebuilt, it was burned again during the Civil War, and it has been an empty husk ever since, forsaken and sinking into the mire. Since it is surrounded by historic graves, however, the grounds are well tended. This tree sits overhanging the cemetery. Some years back, an intrepid mason/arborist decided to repair the tree’s split trunk using stones from the abandoned church structure. The tree itself seemed to thrive around the unorthodox bandage. I make a point of visiting and paying my respects every time I’m there.

Organic produce slinger by day. Automatic Scribbler and Deliberate Renderer by night.

“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    Great capture and amazing story.

  • Thanks Rouble!

    – Pete Janes

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 5 years ago

    What an amazing story, thanks so much for sharing it! And this is a great capture!

  • Thank you very kindly, Whisper. Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is that the site has no sign, no parking area, no historical marker. I only discovered it when I pulled over to get something out of the back of the car, and noticed the cemetery through the trees. Next time I go I’ll snap some more shots of the derelict church itself (CREEPY!).

    – Pete Janes

  • xstevex
    xstevexover 5 years ago

    that is an amazing image! good story , all around a nice work of art!!

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    This is very unusual and, for me, very inspiring.

  • Thanks Dave! Happy to be a muse every so often!

    – Pete Janes

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 5 years ago

    now there a tree with a heart of stone and a back bone of brick

  • tcat757
    tcat757almost 5 years ago

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