A Few Shots From Tucson


Path to God: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

I have been in Tucson for the past week working with the American Board of Radiology (ABR) to develop some exam questions.  Cindy and I arrived a few days early to photograph Saguaro National Park and the surrounding areas of Tucson.  I hope you enjoy these images!

The opening image of this blog is of the famous, Mission San Xavier del Bac, located just south of Tucson.  It was established by Father Kino in 1732.  It still serves as an active place to worship for the Tohono O’odham congregation.  It’s magnificent design and intricate interior artwork have earned it the nickname, “The Sistine Chapel of North America,” San Xavier is perhaps the best example of Mission architecture in the United States. [1]

Heavenly Artwork: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Watched Over by a King: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Tree of Life: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Distant Mission: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45 f/3.5-5.6

Holy Water: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Icons: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.5-5.6

We also visited the Tumacacori National Historical Park, located just a few miles south of Tubac (a burrow located 44 miles south of Tucson).  By the way, Tubac is the oldest European-settled city in Arizona.  Mission San Jose de Tumacacori was first listed in 1961 as an outlying settlement by Father Kino and is one of the oldest in Arizona. [1]

Tumacacori: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

The Granary at Tumacacori: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Cindy and I had a great time exploring, photographing, and learning some Southwest history.

Ancient Art: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Wanted: Dead or Alive: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Saguaro Mountains: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Moon Catcher: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Careful Where You Sit: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Last Light: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Purple Majesty: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

We finished off the journey with a visit to Old Tucson Studios.

Studio Church: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Horse Thief Shot Dead: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

Carriage Ride: Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6

1.  Yamnitz J.  Explore the Southwest’s Spanish History on the Anza Trail.  Visit Tucson – Official Destination Guide.  Fall/Winter 2010. p. 22,23

4 Comments
  • Allan
    November 22, 2010

    These photos are amazing. The titles are even more catchy. I think you will do awesome justice to any subject. Keep up the good work.

  • Conrad Tan
    November 23, 2010

    Wow….. Love the wild wild west shots a lot!

  • Richard
    December 11, 2010

    I really like Wanted Dead or Alive. Nice work looks like a great trip.

  • Paul Pomeroy
    December 13, 2010

    I moved to the Tucson area this past June. As I’m providing full time care for my parents I don’t get a lot of time to explore but did manage to get a short visit in to San Xavier del Bac. LOVE your “Watched Over by a King” photo and have one very similar to your “Tree of Life” on my photo blog.

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