Monday, February 22, 2010

Hacienda

 COW PALACE DSCN5745
A little trip into the past when California was a land divided into pueblos.
One can imagine this.
Pueblo of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, founded in 1781; patented August 4. 1875 to the City of Los Angeles; containing 17,172.37 acres.
These pueblos, or Land Grants, stretched from San Diego To San Jose, in the north.
Some were over 55 thousand acres.
This structure was built as a stable, but now we`d say a fortress.
It`s an historical building I spotted a month or so ago & have been looking for it ever since.
I found it today.
What I also found a few blocks away were two steer.
I pulled over to pretend to ask them for directions & surreptitiously took a few shots of one of them.
I couldn`t resist coupling the two, into one iconic image of the old California Rancheros.
Please click to see the rest of this amazing building from this morning`s shoot.

5 comments:

AndiF said...

Wow, that's an amazing place. Favorite photo is DSCN5725. The stained glass window was pretty too.

Lots of great stuff over on Planet Earth. I cannot wait for spring to hit (not that we'll any flowers to match that). Loved DSCN5522.

Beth said...

What a beautiful building. Wish we put more thought into ours today. Is it someone's home, 'head?

Thanks for sharing my favorite kind of history - the kind you can touch.

boran2 said...

That is a cool shot. And a very inviting building. I have been known to stop and take photos of a few buildings myself. ;-)

Nancy P said...

Exquisite composition.

Knucklehead said...

Nancy P,
Strangely enough I rediscovered the location of the building on the same day I first saw the grazing ungulate about a quarter mile away.
It seemed fitting to juxtapose them into a past image I have of the old California ranchos.