Thursday Doors 8/52 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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I’m a bit out of sync with my posts this week since I was hanging with the family, and chasing Horsetail Fall light this past week-end.  I didn’t find any doors to photograph this past week so I’m diving into my archives for Norm’s Thursday Doors this week.

This little church parish of Immaculate Conception is out in the countryside where I go birding quite often. It stands at the end of a small community called Tres Pinos in the township of Hollister, CA.

The Church building was built in 1892 by Father Bernard Smythe across the street from its current location. The land to build the church was purchased for $75.oo.

The Parish was moved to its present location when Hwy 25 was constructed.

The doors are humble…

Immuculate Conception Catholic Church Tres Pinos

the land, garden and sculptures around them are beautiful.

Immaculate Conception CC Side Garden

Winged Victory was constructed in 1945 as a memorial to World War II.

Winged Victory

Sculpture “Father, if it is possible let this cup pass away from me. Not as I will, but as you will” ~Jesus Christ: Matthew 26:39

"Father if it is possible let this cup pass away from me..."

St Benedict- Protect our community…

ST Benedict

The centerpiece of the 14 Stations of the Cross is Michael Angelo’s Pieta. It was sculpted in Carrera, Italy by Enrico Toricelli and donated by Fr. Stuhlmann and his brother in memory of their mother. The base of the sculpture was built by Edward Matthews.

Michael-Angelo’s Pieta by Enrico Toricelli

“The grottoes were designed and built by Edward Matthews in memory of his son, Martin Matthews. The largest grotto is the site of the Nativity, complete with wooden figures and decorated with light.” Immaculateattrespinos.orgGrotto Immaculate Conception CC Tres Pinos

The  Grotto Nativity

Grotto
Grotto detail

Grotto-Three Wise Men

Grotto

Grotto-The Shepard’s and animals in the manger

Grotto

I didn’t get to go inside to photograph the chapel, but I hope to one day.

This is part of Norm 2.0 Thursday Doors. To see all the doors posted this week click here click on the little blue sync up button at the bottom of his page where you’ll be directed to links to all those participating.

For more information about the Parish click here.

 

More to come…

Monochrome Madness 2 41/52 Cowboys

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I made this image last summer at the Rodeo. These guys would have a laugh or two in between riders, and events, but man they worked hard  when it was time to work, and making sure the arena was ready for the show. Cowboys

I do love those BIG belt buckles!

This image is part of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. To see all the great images posted this week click here.

More to come…

Summer is…

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the Rodeo!!

I spent the day at the San Benito County Rodeo yesterday, and really enjoyed the action, and skill of the riders.

I took two cameras; My D300s with my 80-200mm f/2.8 lens mounted, and my Df with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

I ended up switching the lenses to the opposite cameras, so I could use higher ISO for faster shutter speed to stop the fast paced action, and not have much noise to worry about. The Df handles noise much better than the D300s with its older sensor.

I set my shooting mode in Continuous High and made over 650 images. A lot of those are “lead up to the shot” images and will be deleted. I’ve made my first pass at culling them, but did develop several along the way.

So hold on to yer hats Cowgirls, and Boys…here’s a small taste of the Rodeo.

BBQ Pit- The Tri-tip was tender, and delicious

BBQ Pit

Ten Gallon Hats

10 Gallon Hats

Cowgirl Barrel Racing- She cut that one pretty well I thought

Barrel Racing Cowgirl Event

Rough Stock Cowboy and his Lasso

Rough Stock Cowboy

A Flag Girl

Flag Girl

Speedy Dismount- He was competing in the Calf Ropin’ Competition

Cowboy and his Horse

Deep in Thought- Shortly before his turn to ride a Bucking Bull

Deep in Thought

There were bucking bulls, and broncos and team ropin too. It was an action packed day!

More to come…