Exploring San Antonio Missions

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When people think about San Antonio, they generally think about the Alamo, and rightfully so. But there are several other historic missions, in San Antonio, that are worth visiting. In fact, it’s a national park. Click here to visit the website about this park.

San Antonio Mission Map
Image taken from Google Maps showing the 4 missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, along the San Antonio River south of what is now downtown San Antonio. The Alamo is north, right in the center of San Antonio (not on this map).

For my visit, I decided to stay overnight Friday near the Alamo, and then drive to the other missions on Saturday. I’m shooting with my Zenza Bronica ETR-Si, Zenzanon 50mm f/3.5 lens, and both Portra 400 and Portra 160 film, as well as digital. I wanted to try Ektachrome, but I’m still waiting for mine to arrive. Since my film is being processed, I’m going to publish this post with my digital photos, and publish the film photos in a future post.

Here are a few shots with my EOS R and Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

I enjoy visiting the missions. I like to see them the way they are, knowing that some will probably be changed in the future. This is my small way of preserving things the way they are now, the way I see them.

There is talk of re-imagining the Alamo. Talk of telling the “whole” story or the “real” story. There are some people that believe Texas is actually still part of Mexico, and we are occupying Mexican territory by living here. There are some who want to commemorate the Mexican soldiers who died at the Alamo along with the Texian and American soldiers who died. I’m not sure I think that’s a good idea. Anyway, I like to capture and document as I visit. I like to preserve what I see for posterity. And, I like to try to learn and understand the history that made us what we are today.

I hope you enjoy history like I do. As I post photos from my travels, I do look forward to discovering the history of other places from your posts! I enjoy learning from you and your photos.

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