Much like Mission Espada, Mission San Juan Capistrano was originally established as San Jose de los Nazonis in East Texas and then moved to San Antonio in 1731.
By mid century, San Juan Mission with its rich farm and pasture lands, was a regional supplier of agricultural produce. Orchards and gardens outside the walls provided peaches, melons, pumpkins, grapes and peppers. Corn, beans, sweet potatoes, squash and even sugar cane were grown in irrigated fields. In 1762, Mission San Juan’s herds were reported to include 3500 sheep and nearly as many cattle.
The San Antonio missions were self-sufficient, and they supported area settlements and the nearby presidio. In good times, they traded surplus goods to others.
This is a three part post on the Spanish Missions of San Antonio.
The first mission photographed on the previous page was the Espada and the next mission is San Jose.
Soledad Garcia says
Darlene, the pictures of the Spanish missions in San Antonio left me speechless ! I liked the atmosphere and texture and well…everything, really, about them! What a beautiful and informative post !
thanks for that, they are quite fascinating to wander around and see them
Loukas Koufodontes says
Are these unmodified? If they are, they’re truly amazing. Some of them look like you used infrared film. I likee likee, very nice 🙂
Wow Darlene – these are great shots, really speaks to the beauty and history of the missions!
Loukas – no they are all “modified” using Adobe Lightroom. I don’t use film, it’s all digital. Thanks guys.
OH MY!! those green fern looking things look like they’re moving around and going to jump out and catch me if i walk by..hehe.
Gorgeous photography! When you get back we’ll have to go on a photo date walk together 🙂
FYI for all Young Snowbirds readers: Road Trip calendars for 2011 are now available on my site. I had so many images and requests to have them that I have created a calendar of some of my favorites from the road. You can see all the images in the calendar and order one on my photography blog at: http://www.herviewphotography.com/2010/09/30/road-trip-2011-calendars.html