Mission San Juan Capistrano – no Zorro here. (Travel Theme: Meeting Places)

 In Fine Art Photography, Photography, Travel, Weekly Travel Theme

Referenced in movies, and heard via the legend of the swallows returning to Mission San Juan Capistrano, I knew it was going to be on our list of ‘must sees’ when in the area. Although I visualized barren rolling hills filled with sage and mustard, and the cries of Zorro thundering through the town on his trusty steed, reality was a somewhat tame, but stunning setting in the town of San Juan Capistrano, Orange County (formerly Las Californias).

Great place to meet some of California’s history. I honestly tried to limit the images I was going to use in the blog – and failed miserably.  I was testing out the brand new ‘mega lens’ (Tamron 150-600mm) which happened to come in the day before I left on vacation, having been miserably back-ordered for months all around the world. (Kismet!) So there are a few more ‘details’ than usual. (The kids disappeared off to the Starbucks across the road tiring of ‘one more shot’ here and there – ok, and everywhere.)

 

A few of the more intricate details.

 

And the gardens were amazing.

 

Walking around the town later was a pleasure.  It’s been beautifully maintained and restored.  The Depot area near the train station has a petting farm, even the law office had picturesque gardens behind the picket fence.   And if you want delicious Tapas for lunch, alongside a wonderful white Sangria, Guapas Tapas can help you out!

The old train depot.

The old train depot.

Yet another picturesque train station.

Yet another picturesque train station.

Picturesque gardens behind every gate.

Picturesque gardens behind every gate.

Smiling Alpacas at the petting zoo

Smiling Alpacas at the petting zoo

Even the traffic lights had been upgraded.

Even the traffic lights had been upgraded.

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  • Russel Ray Photos
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    I had thought about buying that lens but then realized that I had an even better solution. I put a 2x converter on my Tamron 28-300 lens to give me a 56-600 lens that even has a better F stop on it!

  • Johanna Bradley
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    Beautiful, Suzan 🙂 The missions are really lovely, aren’t they!

    • SuzanMcEvoy
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      This was the first one I’d every visited. I loved it. I can see them being on my list of places to visit if there is one in town! (My kids will be hoping for a nearby Starbucks lol – although I won’t always be testing out a new lens!) 😀

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