Welcome to Our BlogCheryl and I are excited that you stopped by to see what we've been up to. Both of us have had the photography bug germinating for many years and as we move into our retirement years, look forward to sharing the wonderful beauty that our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has made.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
Several months ago my wife and I took a photography class from Peter West Carey. We both happened to be in San Francisco at the same time and were really blessed by his style and the information we received. Ever since I’ve been following his blog and several weeks ago this tool was mentioned.
It is a tool that shows both sun and moon rises and setting times. You set a location and it shows lines for the rising and setting moon and sun that show where to be to get a specific picture. Lets say you want to get a picture of the full moon rising over your favorite landmark. This tool will tell you where and when to be there. It’s way to difficult for me to explain so go check it out at Photographer’s Ephemeris site. It’s free also!
Cheryl and I are slowly visiting the missions around California and came across this beautiful work. I’ve lived in California almost my entire life and have seen more of the Missions in the last three years than all of that time.
Here is some history of the mission.
San Carlos Borromeo is believed by many to be the most beautiful of all California missions. It is here that Fr. Serra made his headquarters for his California missionary work, and where he was buried upon his death in 1784. A year after its founding, the mission was moved from Monterey to a beautiful site in Carmel Valley. The Monterey site was not only inadequate for growing crops, it was a long way from where the Native Americans resided.
Fr. Serra was buried in the sanctuary beside the alter in the adobe church next to his longtime friend Fr. Crespi. A few years later the current large stone church was built around the small adobe church. In 1803, upon the death of Fr. Lasuen, Fr. Serra’s successor, he too was buried in the stone church.
When secularization occurred in 1834 all of the mission lands, except the church site, were sold to private parties. The great stone mission church was abandoned and for 30 years stood roofless after its collapse in 1851. Enough money was eventually raised in 1884 to build a new roof, but the steep pitch was out of place with the original design. The latest restoration, begun in the 1930′s, has restored a more suitable roof, and is believed to be the most authentic restoration in the entire mission chain.