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Saint Patrick Mission

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 October 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I wanted to give the other church in town their due. This is the small Catholic Mission of Saint Patrick's in Loleta. The mission is served by the Parish of Saint Joseph's in Fortuna, California - about 9 km to the east of town.

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dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

beautiful -- again, the mist and lighting on this day of shots is just sublime! now, Stephen, are you the town photographer? because you should be!! :)

19 Oct 2008 5:12am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

haw interesting the promenade you give us around Loleta.
Nice and simple building for the mission. I like se sense of wide space of all those photos.

19 Oct 2008 5:44am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks, Paco - it is an odd little town - but I hope you get a sense of why I like it.

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

I do like the church, very nice

19 Oct 2008 8:48am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A pretty small church

19 Oct 2008 9:08am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Very pretty little church, very similar to an Episcopal church here in Belvidere. I love the gray, misty atmosphere of this shot.

19 Oct 2008 10:11am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh It's so beautiful...not even the lines ruin it ...

19 Oct 2008 12:11pm

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

nice image, the church is so small and neat,also like the grey misty atmosphere

19 Oct 2008 1:04pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

Quaint little place - such a contrast its bigger gaudy cousins in other places. Perfect for this quaint little town , I'd say.

19 Oct 2008 5:17pm

@willow: Loleta is 'quaint' - also quirky, quizzical, and I'll keep the Q's going by envoking the archaic use of the word, queer. The town was a product of the unique history of the Pacific Northwest. A region dominated by 'company towns' - in this case the Humboldt Dairy. All the lumber mills owned their towns and controlled the railroad that once rumbled through these streets.

Today - the economies that drove development of these towns have collapsed. Many of the lumber mills have closed - the rails silenced. What intrigues me about Loleta and many similar communities along this stretch of coastal California - is the resourcefulness and ingenuity that their people have shown in creating new businesses and economies.

gbe from kansas city, United States

for me, your distance - here and in the others of this series - is just right. the church is there in the context of its corner, but its the picture.

19 Oct 2008 8:43pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Something I have noticed about these shot's is the lovely color and the white balance, I now realise this is probably due to the diffused that is caused by the mist...? Neat little church right on the corner.

Is there any nightlife Stephen, what do folks do there...?

19 Oct 2008 10:09pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

It's a perfect little town church, every detail in your photo is well-placed; even the power lines are right where you'd expect them to be if you were standing there in person.

20 Oct 2008 12:04am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Beautifully composed picture of this quaint church. The clarity and sharpness are fantastic. Great job on this one Stephen.

20 Oct 2008 1:43am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Beautiful old structure. We were sort of on the same page at the same time together...lol

20 Oct 2008 4:11am