Wednesday, April 27, 2011

California Missions - Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I continued my Personal Project of photographing the California Missions at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.  San Luis Obispo just happens to be my home town and I couldn't travel through without taking a bit of time to visit and see what the mission looked like through my lens.  I've walked and driven past it many times throughout my life, I went on school field trips, played with my high school wind ensemble on its steps, I even went to a wedding there when I was a kid (I don't recall whose); but this was the first time I really truly explored this beautiful historic site with my camera.

The first photo I'd like to share with you was also submitted for Jessica Rogers Photo of the Week last week:

The old bells of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded by Junipero Serra on September 1, 1772.  It was named after Saint Louis, the Bishop of Toulouse, France.  The building as it stands today was built between 1793-1794.  The front portico was added in 1794, torn down in 1877, and restored in 1933. For more history on this beautiful Mission visit

Here are a few more photos from my visit:

A bit of detail around the front entrance to the sanctuary

Leaning on God

This lovely floral motif extended around the sanctuary

I truly enjoyed exploring in my home town and taking the time to examine details that I passed by often without thinking.  There is such beauty in our world, if only we take the time to slow down and see it.


Cat said...

Wow and I truly mean WOW! You have gallery worthy pictures here. You need to link them to the city somehow. You never cease to amaze me.

Angela said...

Thanks, Mom! I'll have to see about letting the city know about this post :) That would be cool!