Mission San Antonio de Paqua

Mission San Antonio de Paqua, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

© 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

What an exciting evening we had! I and 2 friends went out for a last shooting hurrah! with a friend who is moving out of state.

I think I’ve mentioned before that this particular Mission is surrounded by an Army base. Well, not too long after darkness set in we were shooting our star trail sequence when we heard over the loud speaker coming from the base an announcement telling all personnel to get to their places. Then a few minutes later we heard gun fire, and tanks, and big vehicles moving around. Then there was another announcement which was followed by a fire truck blazing down the road that runs by the Mission, the more gun fire, and tanks moving. We think the artillery started a grass fire. You can imagine our wonder right!

Then a bit later we heard over the loud speaker bugles playing reveille but not really reveille because it also had a “charge” vibe to it. As this was playing Coyotes started to howl and sing in the trees behind us!! Oh my gosh. We weren’t worrying about rattlesnakes after hearing them!
Then right after the music stopped we heard a loud cheer from the soldiers.
Then a few more rounds of gun fire, and tanks moving about then all was quite again out here in the middle of Central California at Mission San Antonio de Paqua.

What an exciting evening and great farewell shoot with my friends. Jason I miss you already!

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