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On the Road will continue, but it will be forever Alain’s.
It’s Wednesday, otherwise known as Billin-Day, at least for awhile! We have mission #3 today, if I’m not mistaken. Did you guys know that Bill
gets up at 2 a.m.stays up until 2 a.m. on the days when he is featured, so he can be here to interact with all of us? We knew he was a dedicated photographer, but that’s dedication of a different sort! Thank you, Bill. ~WaterGirl
I’d been to Mission Santa Barbara before, about 25 years ago with Madame, but I didn’t have any really good pictures. So when the local photography meetup group scheduled a trip (I did have a bit of input into the planning), I signed right up. When we arrived, we found that the interior of the Mission was not open due to maintenance on the power lines in the area. I got some good shots of the mission’s exterior, but really wanted some shots of the interior. A few weeks ago, I decided to see 3 missions in one day, with Santa Barbara being on the way home.
Mission Santa Barbara is known as the “Queen of the Missions”, was the 10th of the 21 Spanish mission founded in 1786. It is the only mission with 2 bell towers in the chapel whose construction began in 1812 and was completed in 1820 (the earlier chapels were destroyed in the 1812 earthquake). The interior of the chapel looks much the same as it did when it was completed in 1820. The bell towers suffered significant damage in the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake, but were repaired.
Mission Santa Barbara reflected in the fountain in front of the mission.
The chapel at Mission Santa Barbara taken with a fisheye lens.
Mission Santa Barbara in IR.
Once you’ve paid for your admission (the self guided tour), you end up in the inner courtyard of the mission.
Unlike most of the missions, they have the courtyard fenced off as shown in this fisheye shot.
The inner courtyard in IR.
OK, this altar is stunning, not as much gold as San Juan Capistrano, but worth the price of admission ($10, I think).
When I saw the baptismal font I knew that I should try a picture of the chapel and see if I could get a reflection, it worked except I ended up baptizing the lens hood on my camera.