Friday, November 2, 2012

Santa Cruz Mission and Monkey Puzzle


Bending time and space, we're back in California at a  (scaled down) replica of the original mission in Santa Cruz. While I'm not in favor of imposing religion on others (and treating those others as virtual slaves as was too often the case -- follow the link to read about the mission priest who used a metal tipped whip on his laborers and the instructive story of his fate), nonetheless, the mission architecture is charming and beautiful against California's blue skies.

It's been half a century and more since I studied Latin but I'm guessing the inscription says something like 'Hail, O Cross, (our) only hope.' (Feel free to correct me.)

A lovely, spare interior...

There was a little museum attached which was, alas, not open the day we visited.
 
Lovely views...

Inside and out...

Iconic shot... but for the dratted power lines.

The long view...

Next to the replica mission , on the site of the original building,
 is its modern day descendant ...

A very large church with a Very Large tree...

This is a Monkey Puzzle tree -- which I've only ever encountered in English novels. 
Odd, as they're natives of South America...
 

6 comments:

Ms. A said...

I hate to tell you this, but your photos didn't show up, again.

Thérèse said...

I think the text alone says it all.

Miss_Yves said...

No pictures ...

Brian Miller said...

wish i could see...i took 2 years of latin...i remember just a little....but maybe could figure it out...

B. Rogers, Alchemy of Clay said...

Hi Vicki...interesting, though I'll be back later to see if the pictures can come.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, Blogger, you're doing it again... I'll try to fix this, folks.