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Photographic Interlude: Ah, History

May 6, 2011

Thanks so much for all of your support; I cannot reply to comments right now, but I read and value each and every one of them. I really do miss telling y’all about the wonderful books I’ve been reading…April was a marvelous month for that. I’m still trying to working out a way to blog regularly but lessen the physical impact of typing. I’m determined not to let fibro take my blog from me. :) In the meantime, here’s another Texas photo post. -Eva

I love old things: old clothes, old books, old buildings. I love objects that have a sense of history, that connect me to people who forged lives in a world I can only imagine. I find the layers and depth that come only from age deeply appealing in a way something shiny and new could never live up to. Lucky for me, I have a mother who shares that love. And inevitably, when we have a day to spend together, just the two of us, we seek out places in our city that carry that magic. Which is how yesterday, I found myself following in the footsteps of eighteenth century Texan Coahuiltecan Indians and the Spanish Franciscan missionaries who longed to convert them.

They found beauty in difficult times, covering their church and buildings with frescoes, including this mustachioed sun on a ceiling:

In addition to being a historical site, this is still an active Catholic parish. Crosses adorn the church’s roofline:

The decor ranges from original fresco sketches to more recent, heavy statues:

The paraphernalia of the modern church contrasts with the old walls:

And in a shady grotto, Our Lady of Guadalupe waits for petitioners, as she has for hundreds of years:

Sometimes, those petitioners are distinctly reptilian:

It was a lovely place to spend a lovely afternoon, wandering and dreaming and resting in the shade. It’s also free to visit, and dogs are allowed on the grounds (but not inside the church), so I’m already planning my return.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2011 3:16 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re suffering and hope you do figure out a way to deal with your fibro. I love the photos – especially the sun!

  2. May 6, 2011 3:18 pm

    I know you’ve been looking into voice recognition software, but have you ever considered perhaps doing a podcast or a vlogcast with the help of someone else to do the computer bits when you’re not up to it?

  3. May 6, 2011 3:50 pm

    I hope you succeed in finding a way to type and blog without pain. You are missed and I am so sorry to hear you’re suffering. =/

    I share your love of history! Something old and durable is pretty much always better than something new. I dream of living in a home with a history in particular.

  4. May 6, 2011 4:18 pm

    This old church is beautiful…I especially love the last photo … the beautiful walls, curved ceilings, the sconces and the bench…

    I’m glad you’re able to get out and move around. I hope your pain lessens a lot very soon.

  5. May 6, 2011 5:42 pm

    I love the picture with the original fresco pictures–so interesting!

  6. May 6, 2011 8:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures Eva! I love historical sites like that.

    I’m sorry the fibro has been acting up. I wish you all the best!

  7. May 7, 2011 6:51 am

    I hope you start feeling better soon. Awesome series of photos!!!

  8. May 7, 2011 7:17 am

    Beautiful photos, Eva. And what a wonderful way to spend a day with your mother.

  9. May 7, 2011 9:06 am

    A mustachioed sun! Priceless :)

  10. May 7, 2011 3:43 pm

    Vlogs might work right? And it’s quicker to talk about a book than to type about it. Good luck working out how to carry on blogging without increasing the pain.

    Also, picture related: I bet Thistle would go crazy for those lizards and there’s little nicer than pictures of dogs lolling in the sunshine.

  11. May 7, 2011 9:05 pm

    Beautiful. Lovely to get out and about. Sending you soft warm thoughts; so sorry about the fibro. I hope things swing around again for you so you can blog more, but mostly — just take care of yourself.

  12. May 7, 2011 10:21 pm

    Its a beautiful church and has a certain mystery and intrigue to it. Great pics…

  13. May 8, 2011 7:43 am

    Beautiful photos as always, thank you for sharing.

  14. May 8, 2011 7:59 am

    I love the ornate iron cross, really beautiful. And that’s a lovely photo of the statue of Our Lady – peeking out around the stone. Considered a career as a photographer? ;-)

  15. May 8, 2011 10:38 am

    Have you read Zorro by Isabel Allende? It’s set in this time period (though in California, not Texas) and has a background of the Spanish missionaries. I’m reading it at the moment and love it.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  16. Kathleen permalink
    May 8, 2011 1:58 pm

    Looks like a lovely place and sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day!

  17. May 8, 2011 9:24 pm

    Beautiful photos, Eva, and I loved your comment about connecting “to people who forged lives in a world I can only imagine.”

  18. May 8, 2011 10:00 pm

    I have been to two of the Californian missions, and I guess the Texan missions are similar. I think it is wonderful that these beautiful old buildings are still used. I am Australian and we do not have any buildings more than 200 years old.

  19. May 9, 2011 3:15 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous, I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to see the real thing.

  20. May 10, 2011 11:35 am

    I’m sorry to hear your fibro is bothering you; I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Some very beautiful pictures here. I think it’s really neat that this historic site is still being used–so many places are just ‘historic’ sites. Thank you for sharing you’re tour with us!

  21. May 11, 2011 11:59 am

    Arrrggghhh I commented in the next post when I meant to in this one, anyways… sorry to hear your fibro is playing up, rest and read lots and tell us about it when you can and want to!

  22. May 14, 2011 6:24 pm

    Sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well…I’m so glad that you shared the pictures though. They are gorgeous and it sounds like the perfect way to spend the day :)

  23. May 17, 2011 7:35 am

    What a great eye for detail! Love these photos. {{{{{{hugs}}}}}

  24. May 17, 2011 7:41 pm

    What a gorgeous place and such awesome photos! Well done, Eva! I admire your attitude about the fibro. I’m working on my own attitude, right now, trying not to let some health problems get me down.

  25. May 19, 2011 2:08 pm

    Beautiful. As in the missions here in California, the very texture of the walls seems to exude serenity. You are quite the artist!

  26. lindajones permalink
    May 21, 2011 3:12 pm

    I am going to repeat what many others have said– beautiful beautiful photos.

  27. May 22, 2011 12:45 pm

    I’m the last one to find out about this. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I hope your able to take up typing again soon.

    I always enjoyed your vlogs and I do like the photos, too. Have you thought about photographing your book reviews? I sometimes think it would be fun to post a still photograph of something instead of a book review.

    I’ve no other suggestions, and I bet you’ve heard them all by now anyway.

    Just get well soon.

  28. May 29, 2011 6:50 pm

    We miss you Eva and hope that you get better soon.

  29. June 2, 2011 4:49 pm

    Just popping in to let you know you are missed and I am definitely hoping your health improves. While I am here, I loved the photos and it looks like you had a great time. Plus, cute dog! (Which, I know, is from the prior set.)

  30. June 3, 2011 12:21 am

    I’ll send some prayers up for you. This is awesome and I’d love to visit there. History and literature is my passion.

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