The Tumacacori Mission ruins a little south of Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest Spanish missions in the USA.

Founded by the Jesuit Eusebio Francisco Kino, the mission was later taken over by the Franciscans after King Charles III of Spain banished the Jesuits in 1767.

A tour of Tumacacori leads visitors through the ruins of the unfinished church along with a cemetery, mortuary chapel, granary, lime kiln, convent, an orchard and a reconstructed O’odham house.

FEATURED in Religious Architecture June, 2010

Olympus E-3, 14-54 mm Lens, 1/40 Sec, f/11

Part of a series of photographs taken at the Tumacacori Mission in Arizona, run by the US National Park Service.

Copyright © 2010 Richard G. Witham All rights reserved

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  • mscott207
    mscott207about 4 years ago

    absolutely amazing beauty…what a great shot richard. and i really appreciate the background info…it always adds so much to the enjoyment of these types of images.

  • Many thanks Michael for your wonderful comments!

    – Richard G Witham

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonabout 4 years ago

    Very cool place Richard – would love to see this sometime. The whole series of shots you’ve taken here are wonderful. Cheers, S.

  • Thank you Sandra. I think you’d really enjoy this part of the country if you ever get a chance to visit. (Bring your sunscreen)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Teresa  Pelaez
    Teresa Pelaezabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful capture Richard,great composition, and fantastic color.

  • Muchas gracias Teresa :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful , the colour of that sky and the beautiful colour of the mission so make this image for me. So clean & sharp

  • Thank you so much Chrissy for your wonderful comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerabout 4 years ago

    very lovely image Richard

  • Many thanks Solomon :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • anisja
    anisjaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image . Nice color contrast , good light.

  • Thank you very much Anisja :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • lucyarohanui
    lucyarohanuiabout 4 years ago

    This is a spectacular capture… Such beautiful rich earthy colour tones……….
    Compliments the sky beautifully ……..
    Excellent comp and your History on this Mission is Surperb Richard….
    Patricia :))

  • Thank you so much Patricia for your thoughtful comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Stephanie Jo Witham Juárez
    Stephanie Jo W...about 4 years ago

    This is amazing it looks like a huge sand castle!!

  • Hey, your right. It does look like a huge sand castle, and I guess it is in a way since the adobe is mostly sand and stone. Thanks for the great comments. :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 4 years ago

    This IS amazing, I agree with Stephanie…….what a gorgeous place. I love your angle here. The long shadows really add a lot on the side. Very nicely seen!!

  • Thanks Elizabeth. I’m glad you noticed the shadows. I think they add a neat dimensional effect, and I like the angles playing on the sides of the old walls.

    – Richard G Witham

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonabout 4 years ago

  • Wow: what a wonderful surprise, … and an honor! Thank you so much!

    – Richard G Witham

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