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Half Dome Church

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 80mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

This is Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  This image does not do the dome the justice it deserves, it is quite distinctive and shiny, effectively separating the church effectively from the commercial structures across the street.  It is likely impossible that drivers on the adjacent north bound lanes of I-15 will fail to notice this structure.  Since many of those drivers are heading up I-15 to Las Vegas they might consider stopping here to offer some prayers for success in the casinos, couldn’t hurt, could it?

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“And the sun shall shine upon it.”

Nikon D7000 17-200mm @ 32mm ISO 320 3-bkts f/16 Lr3, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The quote in the title is not from the Bible, as far as I know, I just made it up as it seemed to fit the image.  The is the First Church of Christ Scientist in Pasadena, California.  My intent  in capturing the building from this location on the south side with the sun illuminating the dome and from this angle was to convey how monumental this building feels to me.  The odd thing is that while this is a landmark building, it has been real easy to miss.  It is situated on the corner of Green Street and South Oakland Avenue, a block south of the somewhat larger thoroughfare, Colorado Boulevard.  Green Street is also lined on both sides with mature tress, so while we have frequently passed by here as we have traversed Green Street, this gem of a building had gone largely unnoticed to me, until we got out of the car and were walking the street.

It was almost 4:00 P.M. on  a November day when I captured this image and the light from the sun was turning golden, still lighting up the dome while the lower structure was in shadow.  The golden tones on the dome together with the orange tones on the row of trees in the right foreground are probably indicative of the only hints we get of a fall season in Southern California.

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