Pelicans at Sanibel’s J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR

Earlier this week my wife and I took a short trip to the Naples area  of Southwest Florida. Included was a short day trip to the Ding Darling WLR on Sanibel Island where we were greeted by a small pod of Pelicans. Here are a few of my photographs.

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Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs are generally found in Western States, Canada and Mexico. These fellows were photographed at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico about five years ago. On my most recent trip to Bosque del Apache we looked for them and they were gone. When I asked one of the officials, all they said was the just disappeared a few years ago.

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San Miguel Mission – Socorro

  • san-miguel-mission-socorro_dsc6703_cw-6703The final stop on our black and white shoot photo walk was the 400 hundred year old Sam Miguel Mission in Socorro. It’s small and not particularly spectacular looking inside compared to other grandeur missions, still it’s a stop that is worth doing for many reasons.

 

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The current mission was built on top of the original mission, the Nuestra Senora de Socorro, that was destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The original mission goes back to  about 1626. Fortunately, a piece of one of the original adobe walls survived and is visible for all to see. It is situated near the alter and is protected by a glass window.

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Today, the San Miguel Mission remains a vibrant part of Socorro’s local community. According to the head caretaker, who leads a 17 person team, hundred of parishioners attend mass every week.

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In 2016 the San Miguel Mission was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

You can travel directly to my earlier post, Socorro, New Mexico in Black and White,  by clicking on the link below.

https://johngrecoblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/socorro-new-mexico-in-black-and-white/