San José de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM

San José de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM

San José de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM. Yesterday on a photo tour on the High Road to Taos the light was stunning in the mountains, Spanish villages, hamlets and in particular, on this old adobe church. High above the Taos valley in the slightly cooler temperatures, the air was free and clear of the waffling fire smoke we’ve seen in Taos for the last few weeks. A popular spot and photo op on the High Road, the church of San José de Gracia, built between 1760 and 1776, is one of the least-altered examples of a Spanish Colonial Pueblo mission church. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Thanks for looking. G

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San Jose Mission, Laguna Pueblo

san Jose mission church laguna puebloSan Jose, (Saint Joseph) mission church was built in 1699.  The church is built in the early Pueblo style of architecture, and is constructed of field stone, adobe, mortar, and plaster. The interior is adorned with Laguna Pueblo art paintings and stations of the cross. We arrived here yesterday, one of the last stops on a five day photo safari around northern New Mexico. The sun was low in the western sky and the church was shrouded in shadow. At first I blocked the sun behind the cross, that gave me a decent exposure on the building and cross, and worked with what I first had in mind. When I moved the camera slightly and pointed it directly at the sun, it gave me an under exposed image of the building and foreground cross. The resulting image was more satisfying, and also created the sun star that seemed fitting for the location and subject matter. Thanks for looking. G