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The community around it is gone, but Calera Chapel, also known as Mission Mary, remains standing, located a few miles west of Balmorhea State Park. The small adobe chapel was built for the people of Calera in the early 1900s, but by the middle of the century, it sat empty. In the early 2000s, the Calera Foundation was formed with the purpose of renovating the church, and the chapel reopened in 2003, attracting spiritual seekers, couples getting married and photogarphers drwan to the simple chapel that takes on the colors of the desert sun. Reader Richard C. Robinson recognized the spot and says he plans to put it on a "to-do list for a future trip back out to Big Bend." Reader Buddy Richter is a regular visitor to Balmorhea State Park and says he makes it a point to visit the chapel when he's there.


Photo by Ken Zoller
TOOLS: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera, FE 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, f/2.8 at 30 seconds, ISO 3200


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