Mission - San Xavier del Bac #4 by diomedes66 ()
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Mission - San Xavier del Bac
South East Courtyard
San Xavier is under continual restoration. Decades of dirt and soot from devotional candles lit inside the church lead to a thick, dark build-up on the walls and statues. In addition, work on the exterior walls and courtyards are also being renovated. Since air condition was not even a dream centuries ago the walls of the church are up to six feet (about 1.8 meters) thick in some places providing a degree of cooling - just bearable I might add in the summer.
To repair the exterior walls the construction crew is using a recipe used by the Tohono O'odham people, which when baked in the hot Arizona sun makes the church's exterior a bright white color which helps in being able to resist the harsh desert weather. I think I read somewhere that one of the ingredients is 'cactus juice' - kinda the same thing they use in Mexico to make Tequila - turns me real white too when I drink it :-)
Yet another artistic scribbling - Your comments and suggestion are very highly valued and quite deeply appreciated.
Image Comments (48)
tibet2004uk () 8:54PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
I really like the POV on this one!! And always that superb architecture!! And terracotta walls on top of it!!! Splendid!
Richardphotos () 9:00PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
I will let you have the tequila and aloe vera also. super mission Paul. I think you chose a perfect angle to represent the design****
Tamela.J. () 9:09PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
WOW This is just gorgeous!! Amazing details! Spectacular shot!!
live2 () 9:17PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
This is wonderful architecture and really a very pretty color. This has been a wonderful history lesson.. Excellent capture!!!
redbeard () 9:27PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Really nice composition, contrast, and clarity. Nice details in the shadows, this must have been some very challenging lighting with the sky being so blue and everything so clear and bright.
rayburg () 10:42PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
beautiful shot and great angle...what turns you white..cactus juice or tequila?
2Loose2Trek () 11:16PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Sorry that I've missed your postings the past few days. This is wonderful ... I used to bicycle out to San Xavier in past years. I feel inspired to trek out there again soon. You've captured its character remarkably well. Excellent photo. V BTW, I've noticed for the past three months that we've had normal skies and normal clouds :-D ... those chem-trails I saw being sprayed most days of the week made the sky ugly and breathing difficult. Let's hope we continue to see skies like those in this photo. Again, I really love the quality of your work.
Elfenone () 11:19PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
You know I don't see text books or shots in National Geographic that are more beautiful than these with these wonderful narratives that are not only interesting to read, but very refreshing.
camera2 () 11:44PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Dear Paul, good to see you back these last several weeks. had wondered what happened since you were gone for a long time. This looks like a wonderful place to visit and hang around for several hours. Very nice point of view. Have a great weekend. Egmont
drifterlee () 11:45PM | Fri, 26 August 2005
Another superb shot! It is always so interesting to read the history of all these ancient buildings. I was out West years ago, and this really brings back memories. Bravo!
kimariehere () 12:56AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
so much going on here the stutue the mission and the sky so beautiful above .. gotta love your eye and i am so enjoying your pictures of the southwest... your a natural and have a big heart.. and yes i agree with Egmont its soooooooo good to have you back ..!!..WONDERFUL V!
DIANE603 () 1:00AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Your color saturation and clarity is outstanding!! Also one more thing. One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor!!
Zacko () 1:02AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
You did paste that sky didnt you? But i cant even tell for sure, cause it is made so professionally if thats the case. Gorgeous composition once again, this series of yours...with these buildings...is really fantastic. Excellent! Have a great weekend Paul. #:O)
morin3000 () 1:47AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Paul! This photograph it is as beautiful as the others! Reason! Nature sings with you! And your heart ur dance!!****!!
cynlee () 2:27AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
surreal in a way... such a beautiful mission detail... salt lick & lime slurps ;]
Petra-S () 5:39AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Super excellent Photo, fantastic architectur, light, colors and mood!
Syltermermaid () 5:54AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Oh the use Mescall for the texture!! I drunk it once, not my taste!!!LOL However I bet a lot of the worker there got drunk if this is the truth!!LOL A wonderful photo from something what is worth to be saved!!! When I see this pictures I feel like going back in time!!! Excellent captured!!V
CavalierLady () 8:30AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Your images have the most outstanding lighting, clarity and wonderful skies. You have a great eye for the perfect composition!
ana-maria () 9:12AM | Sat, 27 August 2005
Fantastic shot. Wonderful colors, light and great POV. I love old buildings and this is an excellent capture!!!