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I thought I'd show a church that is uniquely Californian. We have 21 missions in California, founded in the 1700 and 1800's by Spanish priest. They worked their way up for South America, through Mexico, to California. Some of the history of the missions is very negative, but today, we are left with the current beauty.
Franciscan Friars. They receive no funds from the Catholic Church or State or local governments.
These are the flags of welcome, at the Mission, U.S.A., California, Mexico and Spain.
wind chimes in them, to catch the breeze. That made the environment very serene.
The Mission has all types of native plants this collage shows types of cacti and succulents.
Once a week the Indians that lived at the Mission walked down all these steps, to do their laundry. The water flowed out of the two gargoyles. Scary stuff.
arid California, after all.