Mission Oak

October 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Mission OakMission OakMission San Jose Dignified oak spreads its arms Moody skies look on

This image is titled Mission Oak, and the caption is:

Mission San José
Dignified oak spreads its arms
Moody skies look on

It is an image of Mission San José, in San Antonio, Texas and is part of my ongoing San Antonio Missions project. There are five missions in San Antonio along the San Antonio River, spaced about 1 to 2 miles apart. The five missions are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The northernmost of the missions is The Alamo, formerly known as Misión San Antonio de Padua, and later as Misión San Antonio de Valero. It is located in the center of downtown San Antonio. There are four additional missions along the river South of The Alamo: Mission San José, Mission Concepción, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Those four missions comprise the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. 

Mission San José was founded February 23, 1720 when Misión San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) became overcrowded due to the closure of missions in East Texas. Today Mission San José is an active parish with regular services.

This is a 3 minute and 20 second exposure to add character in the sky. The oak tree is what mostly caught my eye from this vantage point, and I wanted to emphasize its grandeur and dignity of that tree in front of the old mission. 

 


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