During a recent family vacation to southern California to attend a family reunion, I thought I would beef up the selection on my LDS Temple Photography site and take pictures of the temples along the way. Sometimes it would just have to be at the time we were passing by them, and so the lighting wasn’t the best, but something is better then nothing I guess.
The temples we visited were:
- St George Utah
- Las Vegas Nevada
- Los Angeles California
- Newport Beach California
- Redlands California
It was interesting to see temples from various eras. St George being one of the originals. Los Angeles being from the 1950’s. Las Vegas from when there was kind of a “lots of spires” wave going on. Newport Beach and Redlands from the “mini” temple category.
We first visited Los Angeles at the worst part of the day with stark lighting from straight above (the “passiny by” reference from above). After a visit to the beach, I steered the family back for a second visit just at dusk and was pleased to get my favorite temple shot of the vacation (above).
The one I was the most surprised by was Newport Beach. The grounds were just gorgeous. Rivaling Temple Square in my opinion. Sadly there was a heavy smog that morning so it has a nice grey sky to backdrop it.
Of all the places I expected to have nice fluffy white clouds in the background… the desert of Las Vegas was not it. Just as we turned the corner where you can see Las Vegas for the first time there was this rain storm pounding the whole valley (yeah, crazy). It hadn’t yet made it to the eastern edge where the temple was and by the time I got there the leading clouds were in the background. It was perfect.
It’s very difficult to get a good shot of the whole temple. It now has many mature trees on a smallish lot. Most of the pictures I saw online were from when the palm trees were brand new.
Redlands is a bit special for my family as it is the temple a city away from where my mom grew up, and where most of my extended family currently resides. I love the palm trees that surround it and act as natural spires.
Last and certainly not least, is St George. Again a family favorite as some great-great-great-great-grandfather helped to build it and apparently has a hand print in one of the upper window wells. It’s odd how the little casual shot you can take on the way into the grounds can end up your favorite, over the ones you walk around forever to find “just the right angle”. It sure was nice of that tree to grow as a natural frame like that. A touch cheesy maybe, but you gotta have one of those every now and then
Many thanks to my family for putting up with my little side trips. It was cool to visit 5 temples in 5 days, and it made for a memorable portion of our trip.