Field Trips: La Purisma Mission and Moorpark, Nov. 2012

Field Trips

Douglas Paul Wade
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park on November 3rd and November 10th at Moorpark for a Civil War Reenactment.

This past month we had two field trips to La Purisima Mission and the Civil War reenactment in Moorpark.

Douglas Paul Wade
The first field trip was to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park on November 3rd for Village Days. Tule Village comes to life with the blending of traditional Chumash (Indian) and Colonial Spanish life ways. Demonstrators from the volunteers and kids help us learn a variety of skills such as grinding acorns, basket weaving, building a tule house, making soapstone beads or tule dolls, and playing Chumash games. When we arrived around 11:00 there was many mission volunteers and kids that put on costumes and showed how it may have been. Also, I love the Spanish architecture and early mission life.

The mission is more than four hours away and it was a great opportunity to get out of the AV for a weekend. The weather was beautiful and many great images were captured from architecture, cultural and lifestyle of the inhabitants and local peoples of and near the mission.

Douglas Paul Wade
The second field trip was more local but about an hour and half away to Moorpark on the following weekend of November 10th. We met up with Paul and Sue Craft for breakfast only. Then made the trip to Moorpark. The Civil War reenactment is the largest west of the Mississippi river. I am not one that thought I would enjoy this that much, but found I was wrong. All the folks take the reenactment very serious, it was much more than a set of battles. There a soldiering, bands, calvary and the women folk were showing housewares, cooking, clothing from the mid 1860’s. There seem like a thousand people involved in the reenactment. There were both Confederate and Union camps. There were three battles on Saturday and I stayed for two. I was impressed with the battle sequences and organization of all the ‘actors’. My wife attended and I thought she would be bored. The opposite, she loved it. She took hundreds of images on her camera and been processing them and placing them online on her instagram account. Instagram is a social site for sharing images. She has been getting lots of love from those images. I processed my images to make them seem like wet plate images to give it a more historical look.

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