Sunday, June 17, 2012

Go West IV - All Saints Chapel

Capilla de Todos los Santos, San Luis, Colorado  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

Atop San Pedro Mesa, in the small town of San Luis, stands the All Saints Chapel. Its design by local architect Arnie Valdez, reflects the Catholic tradition, but perhaps more importantly the influence of Spanish culture in this region of Colorado. Hispanic settlers established a village in the valley below, and by 1851 San Luis became an official town, making it the oldest one in the state. Leading up the mesa to this handsome and evocative church is a Stations of the Cross trail, featuring bronze sculptures by Huberto Maestas.

I found this setting fascinating, so evocative of the hardscrabble life of the arid Southwest and the impact of its Hispanic history.


  1. What a great contrast between the arid earth and the blue sky! Great shot!
    God bless you!

  2. The combination between clear sky and white building is awesome.

  3. Love the way you framed the tree and its shadow in this shot, D!
    Hey, I can see a hidden letter, L.
    L for Luis? ;)

    Are we using Roman numbers in this series?
    I can only do Roman till 50. ;o)

    Hope you had a great weekend.
    I did a 10-mile walk from Kingston to Hatton Cross.
    I'm so knackered now.

  4. gorgeous colours in this expertly 'designed' photo, doug! reminds me of a very similar church in a similar desert-like region in northern argentina !!!

  5. That single flower near the tree and the fence make for an awesome composition here.

  6. You've given this wonderful location full justice...and despite the tendency for photographers to shoot early and late in the day, all the more atmosphere by shooting it under that rich blue sky and bright sunlight.

  7. Really cool composition composition Doug--and oh my, that sky!

  8. Beautiful place, and good composition with the tree and his shadow. NIce!
    Have a nice day.

  9. it sure looks beautiful, captured really nicely too.. :D


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