Wisconsin: La Crosse, Guadalupe Shrine (by chacal la chaise)
three years ago in our trusty 1997 volvo 870 outfitted with xmradio and pre-mixed end-of-the-day perfect brandy manhattan cocktails, mj and i drove from el paso to stevens point, wisconsin, which was his parents’ hometown. sounds strange, but after all this time, going there was a first for me.
but, you may ask why ‘perfect’ brandy manhattans? because that’s what his parents would do—pour kids into motel pool, mix well, sit back with a drink in hand, and watch the sun set at the end of a 10 hour traveling day. while we had no kids with us, and no pools (who wants to dive into a swimming pool in liberal, kansas with eau de trail drive in the air?) we did have a good time.
anyway, after we left stevens point and headed back to texas, we noticed little signs near La Crosse, which advertised the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. it took a while to locate the place, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately, we didn’t know the basillica was complete, so all my photos are of the area around the church, such as the candle chapel, surrounding gardens, and this beautiful sculpture.
This particular image was taken with an antique Zeiss Ikon bellows camera (left) with Kodak 120 Portra color film. The camera was a gift from an wonderful family friend for whom my father and I helped inventory her husband’s photographic equipment. She noticed I liked the little folder and insisted I take it as a gift; she would rather the camera be used than discarded or sold.