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UploadedNovember 28, 2011
TakenNovember 3, 2011
ModelCanon PowerShot SX30 IS
Exposure1/1250 sec at f/4
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[Mission San Xavier Del Bac, South of Tucson, Arizona, November 3, 2011]

The Mission San Xavier Del Bac was founded in 1692 by a Jesuit priest and explorer, Eusebio Francisco Kino, who trekked across the harsh desert landscape to minister to the local Native American population in the tiny farming community of Bac.

The Franciscans began to build the present adobe structure in the late 1770s. Mexican artists painted the interior, creating elaborate murals and ornamentation. Painters textured the main altar to resemble marble and drew chandeliers on the upper walls. Construction was never finished, however, as the empty bell tower (right) attests.

The Mission has been in continuous service for three centuries.

I first visited the Mission five years ago, when it was undergoing a massive renovation. Today, the Mission is in an excellent state of preservation. For visual evidence, please look at the wonderful photos of the Mission that have been uploaded to JPG in the last few weeks.

I highly recommend a visit to the “White Dove of the Desert.”

As always, thanks for stopping by.

*** Thank you DON GARRETT for the spotlight! ***

43 responses

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (28 Nov 2011):

    Very beautiful and very original. The two white bell towers and contrasting backdrop to the central altarpiece darker and very rich decorations embellishing and enhancing the whole. Very beautiful spirals present in the corners of towers and gables in the central side of the blade. I like the ambiance full of thorny cacti and succulent plants.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (28 Nov 2011):


  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Ornate and beautiful...the white against the blue sky makes this pop, and of course, thank you for the narrative. :)

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    This beautiful mission stands out so eloquently against the sapphire sky... a gorgeous capture and very interesting narrative, as always!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful saturated colors and the blue sky really intensifies the sharpness of the mission...Great narrative also.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    I wanted to top Paperini's comment, but I can't! I am in so much awe in this wonderful image and narrative that I can't much more. Outstanding photo and title! One for the book, Dix.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    A beautiful representation of that great mission! Well done, Dick.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011): are now officially my travel guru!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Very beautifully captured, great information of course, and I love the "blue" sky of course !

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Amazing building and that sky so blue

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Nov 2011):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    just gorgeous Richard. one of your best!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Your photos always stand out, my friend! This one is gorgeous, and with a different POV from those I've seen here. I really like the jet streams above the Mission. And of course you include your fantastic narrative, which is always a plus in my book!! I'm even more amazed that you were able to consume that fry bread AND take photos, too----now THAT'S talent!!!! ☺

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    This is a great capture!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    An excellent capture

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    So beautiful place and photo. Thanks for sharing. Interesting words.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    What an elegant restoration of this historic mission! As many have said, the contrast of that royal blue sky against the white of the mission is breathtaking! I would love to attend mass there one day. Such a great photo,'s my favorite of all the grand photos you have shared with us AND the narrative is a stroke of brilliance too!!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Our very own tour guide. Always great info to share.. Very well captured against that blue sky.

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Great picture Richard, you really captured the beauty.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    Fantastically awesome!!! A very beautiful place to behold..... for sure!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    A really successful and detailed capture Dick, Bravo!!!!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    Excellent Shot Dick! It is a beautiful place, unfortunately when I was there in 2008 it was covered in scaffolds.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    Thats some great architecture, the blue sky really sets off the white structure...

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (29 Nov 2011):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    Beautiful mission and excellent narrative!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (30 Nov 2011):

    An outstanding image and narrative, Dick!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    What a brilliant photo. love the white of the mission against the gorgeous blue, blue sky!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (30 Nov 2011):

    Thanks, everyone, for your exceptionally nice comments. This was a moving experience. It drips with antiquity. It was a step back in time. Thanks again.

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    Dick, this is a stunning image!! I love it, and of course, your narrative.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    Love how it pops against that intense blue sky. Truly a winning shot and your narrative is, too, my friend.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Dec 2011):

    This was such a wonderful place. So much to see there and the fry bread makes my mouth water when ever I think about it. An awesome capture BB.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (3 Dec 2011):

    Love the contrasting color -- That Blue sky - AWESOME!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (5 Dec 2011):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    Superb, Dick! I guess that I was there when the renovation was going on about the same time you were.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (6 Dec 2011):

    wonderful pov shot. Great history.........................great colors from that awesome point and shoot you have........ hugs.

  • tania medina

    tania medina gave props (9 Dec 2011):

    Great arquitecture shot!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful subject and treatment of it by a master photographer. Love the narrative as well and now must put this site on my bucket list.

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    Fantastic shot, it was a treasure to see it!!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (21 Dec 2011):

    Got me motivated.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (24 Jan 2012):

    Beautiful composition and colours!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    Beautiful image, Richard!!

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