As part of our missions tour, we visited the mission at Carmel. For all of these pictures, you can click on them to get much larger more detailed images.
Where I just love the garden and flowers.
There is also a display of the history of the mission, including a collection of tools from the time of the building. Note that in addition to iron and wood, some of these are stone tools.
Along with more traditional museum exhibits and some very interesting statuary.
The actual burial place of Fr. Serra is a bit more modest:
Known as Fray Junipero Serra in Spanish, he was a native speaker of Catalan. It was his efforts that brought the missions to California. Monterey was the capital of California (and related territories) then under Spain. The dining room has a plaque stating that ships captains and governors would often dine there along with other notables. You will note his resting place in this picture in the lower left. The governor only rated a small place out of the frame to the right in the foreground paving stone area…
While we were there, a gaggle of Jags showed up in the courtyard:
And I took far too many photographs… so those will need to go in a different posting. Just note that it was something of a media event:
Inside, I found this “Two burner stove with oven” fascinating. That’s one large pot you can heat on that simple burner…
I have a load of photos from this mission alone, so I may do additional postings on some parts of it. For now, just a bit more from the garden. Despite the technical flaw of a bit of flare / washout toward the bottom (the lighting was a challenge) I really like the contrast of colors in this picture:
And yes, I have a ‘thing’ for red and purple foliage… and as a study in textures, I liked what they did with the small plants between a couple of rocks.
I just love a wooly wet plant…
When we left, we stopped at the beach in Carmel. There was something about this tree that just shouted “Free Spirit!”
But i was remembering the flowers at the Mission for days…
(The usual ‘terms’ apply. You can use these for non-profit purposes (with attribution where appropriate – i.e. no attribution needed in your wallpaper…) and any commercial use, I get a piece of the action. Mostly I just hope folks enjoy them.)
So now you know what I do when I’m not being technical / analytical 8-)