Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mission Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

A little break from street photography.

Last month Vicki and I celebrated our anniversary in Santa Barbara. We both love the area and it's only about a two hour drive up the coast. This is the Old Mission Santa Barbara also known as The Queen of the Missions. It was the tenth of the California missions, the Santa Barbara Mission was founded by Franciscan Friar Fermin de Lasuen on the Feast of St. Barbara, December 4, 1786. 


Can you see the mission in the top photo? I took that shot from the top of the tower of the Santa Barbara Courthouse about two miles away. From there I could see mountains in one direction and the ocean was even closer in the other direction. The middle photo is a statue of Saint Francis inside of the mission.

22 comments:

  1. Really awesome shots James. I have been to a couple of these missions in CA but not Santa Barbara.

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  2. Great shots, James. Did you B&B it? There's some good ones there.

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  3. First of all, Happy Anniversary for you and Vicki, I wish you both a wonderful journey of love together!
    I can see you chose a beautiful place to celebrate, the first shot is amazing, you always have an interesting point of view. ;-)

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  4. Such a beautiful place and your captures are superb as always, James! What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary!! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  5. Wonderful, James! I saw the mission in the first photo right away.
    The statue has such a wonderful face. Amazing, and you shot from the perfect angle.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  6. Happy anniversary!! I adore that middle photo. Fantastic POV. Hope that your getaway was wonderful. If it was anything like the views, it was.

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  7. Looks like a great trip with some wonderful sights. Thanks for taking us along.

    Sorry I've been gone, my blog disappeared while I was in New England. I've put up a new one here to keep up for now.

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  8. it's been awhile since we visited this mission...very nice, James. i really like your center image...such a great composition!

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  9. I love the missions. And the one in Santa Barbara is particularly nice because it has grounds; the city was not built right up into and around it. I'm with everyone else, I love that second image. The drama of the face and outstretched arms in high contrast against the subtle gray of the crucified Jesus in the background makes a powerful visual and statement.

    Happy Anniversary!

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  10. Belated Happy Anniversary! Aha, you went there most likely on a weekday, when no one is around. I love that aerial shot. Santa Barbara is a beautiful place! (got some photos not published yet.)

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  11. The pics seem to be taken in south America!The middle one is very strong, moving and impressive!
    Can't help thinking of Hitchcock's movie( Vertigo)that ends in such a place..:o)
    Happy birthday to Vic and you!

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  12. Reminds me of a good year living in Santa Clara, 1988-89.

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  13. Such a beautiful place to celebrate an anniversary! Happy belated anniversary to both of you!

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  14. Three gorgeous shots of and in the Mission, James. Santa Barbara is one of only a handful of US cities I've ever thought I might want to live. Happy belated anniversary to you and Vicki.

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  15. It looks like a good place Santa Barbara.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  16. I knew Santa Barbara thanks to a "feuilleton" I watched when I was younger. I definitely prefer "your" Santa Barbara!

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  17. We visited that mission last year. Great shot over the tops of palm trees and love that b & w close up. Nice!

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  18. Very nice James! Santa Barbara is great place. Lot's of grea food there also. paphara

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  19. Wonderful shots and great place to visit!
    Congratulations and happy anniversary!
    And thanks for sharing, James;o)

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  20. Santa Barbara looks like a great place! Never visited and I am glad you share it with us.
    Congratulations on the anniversary!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  21. Gorgeous pics !
    Love the 2nd in B&W with the crucifix seen behind !

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