While on our January 2015 trip to the California Central Coast,
our planned long walk at Jalama Beach
was thwarted by the high tide. Therefore, after only a short time we left the coast and returned to Lompoc
for a visit to the historic La Purisima Mission.
During the eight years we had lived in nearby Santa Maria,
we had made a number of family and homeschool trips to La Purisima. But this was the first time I visited the mission with a mission to photograph.
Arriving at opening time on a weekday, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. My enthusiastic, budding-photographer, 13-year-old daughter grabbed my wife’s camera
and started snapping the shutter like crazy, documenting each room that we entered as we wandered around the mission, as well as quite a number of farm animals outside.
In the past I might have done the same thing, but this time I took a more critical, discriminating approach. Rather than trying to document everything I saw, I waiting until something interesting caught my eye. While I didn’t surpass my daughter in quantity, I may have done so in quality — at least I hope so!
Out of the 55 photos I took during our 70-minute visit, 16 of them have made it into this album. Four of the pictures also looked very good in monochrome, so I’ve added those images to the Black and White 2015
album as well. There is a link in the caption of those four photos which enables you to easily switch between the color and monochrome versions.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this album, see the related article, La Purisima Mission.