I must have looked pretty funny taking this picture, lying on the ground on my back in front of a statue of St. Mary, looking up with a camera. Still, the result was pretty fantastic. I wish I'd have had a slightly wider angle lens, but I wouldn't have wanted more than another millimeter or two, because I wouldn't have wanted the soaring steeple and cross to receed much further into the sky. I bracketed the exposure on this and shot RAW in order to get the best balance of light on the dark statue in the foreground and the bright church in the background.
This picture is taken at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albany, Oregon. For several generations, a magnificent historic church stood on this site, till it was burned down in an act of vandalism by a vagrant in 1992. This new structure, modern but reminiscent of the old one, took its place, along with the statue of Mary, welcoming all with open arms despite the past actions of one individual. St. Mary's still has one of the most active missions to homeless people in the Albany area.