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.

Enjoy.

Comments

altadenahiker said…
Oh Keith, how beautiful.
susan said…
yowza! glad i checked in-this is fantastic!
T. Becque said…
This is a great black and white - composition and subject!
So you left Monrovia in the rear view mirror?

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.
Keith said…
Altadenahiker: Thank you!

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.

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