Photographer's Note


Located in the New England region of the United States, Rhode Island has the distinction of being the smallest of the country’s 50 states. Providence, its capital, however, happens to be the second most populous city in New England, behind Boston and ahead of Wooster. The city also boasts one of the nation’s most distinguished educational institutions in Brown University.

Providence is the site of the First Baptist Church or “Meetinghouse” in the United States. Although the original building was built in 1638, and rebuilt in 1726, the third generation structure, seen in this photo dates back to 1775. Brown University, founded by Baptist colonists from Rhode Island in 1764, has held commencements — diploma presentations — at the First Baptist Church since 1776.

We had just emerged from New Rivers Restaurant in downtown Providence when we saw the full moon right next to the steeple of the old church. I hope that this auspicious scene will be emblematic of a Happy and Healthy New Year to my friends at Trekearth.

Technically, I had with me only my pocket camera, a Nikon Coolpix S600, and no tripod. I was able to steady the camera against a wall, and to take a series of shots. With so much dark area, the image is unusually small, less than 100 KB.

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