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San Juan Capistrano GroundsOn Thursday, Mary Kay and I had the opportunity to go on a photoshoot to the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The day was perfect and the weather could not have been any better. It was only about a 30-mile drive south of Huntington Beach and a very relaxing drive at that. The Mission is one of the oldest in the United States and is very well maintained, well worth the visit and the price of admission.

The Bell's of San Juan Capistrano

As you walk the grounds, you can listen to the free audio about the history and heritage of Mission and the early history of California. Here you can see some of the historic Bells of San Juan Capistrano.

Cactus FruitThe Monarch and the RoseThe cactus and flowers are just gorgeous and the number of Monarch butterflies on the grounds was very surprising.

What a great surprise: there was a class on a field trip and I introduced myself to the instructor. He allowed us to take a few photos as we walked the grounds. We kept running into the absolutely beautiful models dressed in early Spanish/California attire. The class was about off-camera flash.

Spanish DancerSpanish Dancer 2

Another surprise was the actual altar inside the Mission’s Church. The age of this church is dates back to 1775.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Alter