Just a 15 minutes' drive outside of Tuscon/Arizona you can visit the Mission San Xavier Del Bac - also called the White Dove of the Desert. In the ... SERIES ... I have added the Mission from the outside - as a reference.
I loved the Mexican feel of this place being so near to the Mexican Border, not only for its spicy-hot foods ... but also the strong colors they like to use in their arts, for example like these plastic candle holders. The little shrine was full of these. It felt "burning hot" :-) It also has a Frida Kahlo "feel" to me as well.
Outside the Mission Indian folks gathered trying to sell local crafts to the visitors. The Mission stands on an Indian Reservation.
It was brutally hot in late August so if you ever plan to visit, they recommend some time between November and March.
About the Mission, from Wiki: [...] Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mission was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old settlement of the Sobaipuri O'odham, a branch of the Akimel or River O'odham located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe. The original church was built to the north of the present Franciscan church. This northern church or churches served the mission until it was razed during an Apache raid in 1770.
The mission that survives today was built between 1783 and 1797, which makes it the oldest European structure in Arizona. Labor was provided by the O'odham. An outstanding example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, the Mission San Xavier del Bac hosts some 200,000 visitors each year. It is a well-known pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot and on horseback, some among ceremonial cavalcades or cabalgatas.
The site is also known in the O'odham language as "goes in" or "comes in", meaning "where the water goes in", as the water in the Santa Cruz River came up to the surface a few miles south of Martinez Hill and then submerged again near Los Reales Wash. The Santa Cruz River that used to run year-round in this section was once critical to the community's survival, but now runs only part of the year. [...]
An interesting and somehow touching series of pictures - as usual accompanied by an informative and personal note. I think you have chosen the right photo to be the main one here. There's a special and beautiful atmosphere in it. I think the German word "Volksfrömmigkeit" describes it in the best way.
Herzliche Grüße aus dem noch warmen und sonnigen Westfalen! Ein schönes Wochenende!
You captured the bright colors well while still bringing to mind the cool darkness of a thick-walled church; it makes a great TOM entry. Your 'brutally hot' belies that feeling. I went to a boarding school in Scottsdale when I was 12 and I really thought I would die from the September heat. I think I took at least 10 showers a day. While I understand that #2 is not part of your artistic vision, you framed and captured that 'old' church perfectly (Clearly it is quite young compared to churches in Europe) GLF, Pat