Mission San Xavier

Today’s WordPress photo challenge is the “Rule of Thirds”. Arizona Missions

We arrived in Tucson, Arizona, a couple of days ago and my first ‘must see’ stop was Mission San Xavier del Bac.  The stunning Spanish architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds made for a fun and interesting photographic opportunity.Mission San Xavier del BacMission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson.  The church was built between 1783 and 1797 and is the oldest European structure in Arizona.Mission San Xavier del Bac

The mission was originally founded by an Italian Jesuit, Padre Eusebio Kino.  San Xavier is still actively run by Franciscans and continues to serve the local community.Mission San Xavier del BacOver 200,000 visitors come here each year from around the world to view what is considered some of the finest Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.Mission San XavierThere was so much to explore and take in at the mission…. more than I expected. So if you do visit, plan on spending at least an hour versus the 20 minutes we scheduled.  I guess that means, I’ll just have to revisit.RoadrunnerAnd since Jen over at WordPress challenged us to experiment with the Rule of Thirds with a little bokeh (blur), I thought I’d end the post with this photo of an unusual cactus bloom located near the entrance to San Xavier.Spanish missions

The Spanish Missions of Arizona (True Books)
Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Moon Handbooks)

Photo Challenge: Clean

This week Cee’s Travel Theme photo challenge is; CLEANphoto challenge cleanphotography challengephotography challenge

Cee posted some beautiful shots of flowers with raindrops that indeed exemplifies the word clean.






Hum…..after a little pondering, I remembered all the birds along the Texas Gulf Coast cleaning and drying their wings.




How about the Turkey Vultures? They not only have cleaned and are now drying their wings, but earlier they cleaned up the dead duck in the middle of the road.photo challenge
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Gulf Coast birdsI had a great time visiting the Texas Gulf Coast.  Although the beaches were beautiful, I fell in love with all the birds.  I’m hoping our travels will include regular visits to the Gulf Coast.

I’m still in Canyonlands National Park in Utah and surprisingly I do have internet, but weak at that.  Cold weather and rain is rolling in and today’s photo outing was less than stellar. 

I guess I’ll just have to hang around until the weather is more agreeable.  I know, it’s a tough job, but I’m up for the challenge………
Moon Arches & Canyonlands National Parks (Moon Handbooks)






Weekly photo challenge: Reflections

In the past there just never seemed to be the right opportunity to participate in one of these weekly photo challenges.  I’m either behind on posts or my internet connection is sketchy due to our location.

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Now that I’ve brought you all up to date on our happenings and this weeks photo challenge is “reflections”, it seems like the perfect opportunity to jump into the WordPress weekly photo challenge arena.

I enjoy this type of photography.  Whiling reviewing my photos and narrowing down the choices for this post, I reflected on my emotions at the time each photo was taken.  Under each photograph is one word depicting my feelings at that particular moment…. what I felt the moment I clicked on that shutter.

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Hope you enjoy my take on reflections 🙂