A Day Off
Not a day off from posting a photo, just a day off from posting a photo about Monrovia. I thought it might be fun to sneak in something different. Maybe I wanted to show that Monrovia, while integral to me, isn't the only subject of my photos.
So, on a recent day off, I drove up the coast to the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, CA. One of the California Missions, La Purisma is huge, beautiful, restored and I can't recommend it enough as a place to take photographs. The city of Solvang is close by for a good meal and to stock up on pastries. Makes for a great day trip from the L. A. area.
In a way, it was like going back to the beginning for me. When I first started taking photography classes, La Purisima was our first field trip and the first time I went somewhere for the sole purpose of taking photos. It only took me about 22 years to make it back.
It's always a curious experience to revisit someplace you haven't been for years. I'd love to visit this mission in person. I've only been to three so far.
Susan: Thank you, glad you checked it too. Good timing.
T. Becque: I've had a long time to think about it!
Pas Adj: It was an odd feeling. I was shocked when I thought about how long it had been. Back then it was a film camera and full manual, no automatic anything. The Mission, other than a big visitor center by the parking lot, hadn't changed a bit.
I really like this Mission. 2,000 acres, hiking trails, wide open spaces. I went on a week day and there was hardly anyone there. You can also visit 2 Missions in one trip since there is another close by in Solvang.