San Francisco De La Espada Mission, San Antonio, Texas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

San Francisco De La Espada Mission, San Antonio, Texas

Partial ruins on the grounds of the San Francisco De La Espada Mission, San Antonio Texas.

In the 18th century, Franciscan priests from Spain established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River, primarily to extend Spain’s dominion northward from Mexico, but also to convert and educate the native population. Today, the five missions, San Francisco De La Espada, San Juan Capistrano, Concepcion, San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo and San Antonio de Valero (more commonly known as The Alamo), represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America…

The oldest and southernmost of the five east Texas Missions, the mission was moved to the San Antonio River in 1731. The Espada is the only mission which made it’s own brick as is evidenced by this partial brick wall. The five other missions in this group are

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Closeup photo of blooming lilac

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Closeup photo of blooming lilac

Enveloped by delicate color,
Enveloped by luscious scent,
Your face buried in the tiny flowers,
Breathing deeply,
Inhaling the light and sweet fragrance that floats on the breeze as you walk away,
Enveloped in the best of Spring.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Trees in fog
I’ve always loved the fog; how it gives a surreal feeling to everything, as though you were in some nether world; how it seems to shrink the world around you. I guess I’d better qualify that my remark about loving the fog though. I love the fog, except when I have to drive in it. I once had to drive 30 miles in fog so thick I had to navigate by the white stripe on the side of the road. Not fun at all. Terrifying actually.