I had been in the house most of the morning and the past few days I’d been thinking about street photography. I decided to take my Sony a6400 camera with the 16mm f/2.8 lens for a short trip. That short trip lasted from 3:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. and it was a good four hours. On a whim I dropped in on my friend, Tom Chesebro, and asked him for a few photos as we talked about this and that.
Then I drove south towards an old general store that I had seen pictures of on Flickr and had saved the page for reference in a future trip. I had come down the road many times before but could never see it until this day.
No sooner had I parked in the small gravel parking lot opposite the store than I spotted an older gentleman walking across the lawn from his home to meet me. I was in the middle of taking a few pictures of the store when I noticed him quickly approaching.
We had an interesting conversation for a long time, which helped me learn about the history of the general store that his father managed, the development of Union County, and how JAARS in Waxhaw received their plot of land. I knew only that Belk had donated the land. Charles explained the backstory and how Cane Creek Park came to be a few years after JAARS was established. He mentioned the old pump by the store had been stolen.
Then I drove down towards Lancaster, South Carolina, and discovered an old truck and pump. I’d always taken the opposite fork in the road but never down this other side and I saw that truck on the right as I was coming to that joint in the fork from the other direction. I made a u-turn and drove back towards it.
I stopped by the cemetery across from Camp Creek Baptist Church for the sunset as the clouds were laid out like an eagle with its wings spread. A Bible verse came to mind, “And the dead in Christ will rise first.” I chose that for the photograph’s name.
I stopped by the Alphabet and Mexico museums on my way back towards Waxhaw. The sun was a bright orange fireball as it began to set behind the pine trees.