The birthday brunch, for which we traveled to California, at The Forge-In-The-Forest in Carmel was deliciously received by all attending. With the other parties departing to their destinations and the fog rolled back from the coast, we had some time to return to our Carmel Valley retreat at a leisurely pace. Rather than bee-line out of town by the most direct route, we took the scenic drive down the the beach-front and around to Mission Carmel.
A photographer could spend all day arranging visions of Carmel gardens and homes. In fact, the car which we rolled behind seemed to not be noticing the rolling surf along the beach, but stopped at many of the homes with i-Phone held out the window for a snap. Being the driver of the van, I took these moments to look around at the surf and turf.
We enjoy visitng historical places. The missions of California provide opportunities to see the images of the early Spanish-Catholic Church settlements. In addition to being destinations with gift shops, many of these are still living congregations. As the brunch was on a Sunday, when we arrived at the mission, the church was holding services. While we did not come to attend a service, the ambiance of the entry garden was enhanced by the sounds of the organ and singing as we strolled in. When we visited the mission several years ago, we came upon a wedding.
Mission Carmel, more formally titled The Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Carmelo was started in 1770. As with many early settlement structures, the original designs were rough, carved from the earth. As adobi bricks (straw, mud and manure, as I recall from my elementary eduation schooling in California) were the standard material. What we see today includes centuries of add ons and more recent reconstructions, especially of the courtyard buildings.
For the photgraphers in the crowd, the mission provides opportunties to practice different compositional techniques, such as framing subjects, and shooting in low light. While keeping track of our party, I gave these a try at various locations. One must apply patience to wait for the moment when the composition is void of other tourists ambling into the scene.