2.28.2011

Photo tour of the La Purisma Mission

In our neighborhood we are lucky enough to have the historic ruins of one of the oldest Catholic missions here in California..the La Purisma Mission. We enjoyed a self-guided tour over the weekend.

Some of the areas seemed a little over bearing to me and so seemed to hold a somber saddened tone, but it is undeniably an amazing area here in California and I imagine that there have been many many photographers that have thrilled to spend hours shooting here.
The play of light and shadow within the adobe walls of the many buildings is outstanding..there are so many shots here that will go into my resource file for when the watercolors come out again..Lovely~

What an amazing spot! ~here are some of the photos taken Saturday.


Above, my husband within the walls of the cemetery.. an area that held hundreds of bodies of Chumash Indians as well as the Spaniards. There is only one cross to mark this as a burial ground.

and a few inside shots











Outside communal basin for bathing and washing clothes


Vat for melting hundreds of pounds of fat for tallow, an ingredient in soap and candles. The area you see is where the fire was built, above is the vat.


Adobe pillars outside of the buildings


Moss hanging from an Olive Tree



I desaturated this photo to highlight the character of this ancient European Myrtle tree



Adobe tiled rooves.. artified or pushed to more clearly show the amazing texture and color of the weather worn adobe

That's only a small view of these historic ruins..if you're interested in seeing more~ and there is much much more to see, visit this site.

Enjoy your week all!

2 comments:

Angela Fehr said...

Deborah, could you email me ang at angelafehr dot com? I found your name while looking for Peace region artists to interview for the Northeast News and would love to interview you about your art for the Artists of the Peace feature in the newspaper. The email address I tried for you didn't go through.

Melanie-Pearl said...

you got to the mission! thanks for the all the eye candy. i think i mentioned I've never been there---but i sleep next to a painting of it every night. La Purisma. i bought the painting in a thrift store six or seven years ago. will post what i've got for you. again, i know you didn't do this for me...but THANKS!