Staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

© Randy A. Myers

Staircase at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe

Colette M. Metcalf July 16, 2014

Beautiful capture!!! #1579483

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe July 16, 2014

I was here last year and I didn't get a shot like this! Very hard to get a comp in here. Awesome shot! #11086170

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 16, 2014

This is awesome Randy, a fave for me, sure hope we see this one in Gold!
Love the history too.

jo ann c. #11086290

Jayne Martin July 16, 2014

Beautiful capture and love the store behind it. #11086768

Mary K. Robison July 19, 2014

Marvelous, graceful creation and fascinating story, Randy. Terrific work!
Winner! #11088087

Carol Flisak level-addict August 28, 2014

Beautiful image, Randy... excellent composition and light of this work of art! Having been there, this is a challenge to capture. Congratulations on your well-deserved finalist! #11118857

JO ANN CLEVELAND August 28, 2014

Yeaaaa! Congrats on this finalist, now for the Gold!

#11118858

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic August 28, 2014

Ditto with Carol. Congratulations on a well deserved finalist. #11119308

Jayne Martin August 28, 2014

So glad to see this again, loved the story (googled it)!! Good luck in next round! #11119867

Stephen Zacker August 29, 2014

Very nice. I have heard about this staircase #11119977

Stephen Zacker August 29, 2014

Very nice. I have heard about this staircase. Congratulations #11119978

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe August 29, 2014

Congratulations on this awesome comp! #11120306

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Description

Story of the stairway. Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph's intercession for nine straight days. On the day after their novena ended a shabby-looking stranger appeared at their door. He told the nuns he would build them a staircase but that he needed total privacy and locked himself in the chapel for three months. He used a small number of primitive tools including a square, a saw and some warm water and constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The identity of the carpenter is not known for as soon as the staircase was finally finished he was gone. Many witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, feel it was constructed by St. Joseph himself, as a miraculous occurrence.The resulting staircase is an impressive work of carpentry. It ascends twenty feet, making two complete revolutions up to the choir loft without the use of nails or apparent center support.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/20 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 22.00 mm, Model: E-M10

Uploaded on July 16, 2014
Entered into contest on 2014-07-16 04:45:44

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist


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