Ruins of the adobe convent on the grounds of the Tumacacori Mission are shadowed by the church bell tower looming above.

The trees in the background are the remains of an old orchard run by the monks.

Olympus E-3, 14-54 mm Lens, 1/50 Sec, f/14

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

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My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

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  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Love your work with the shadows again Richard…the bell in the structure before it is just awesome. Great shot overall! Cheers, s.

  • Thank you Sandra. I was very happy to get these late afternoon shots with such long, deep shadows.

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    Cerca de la tierra…adobe…arcilla…algo maravilloso..
    Tan distinto…refugios para el espíritu y el cuerpo.
    Qué bonitas las tinajas…las ventanitas redondas, cómo realizadas por in gigante jugando con un tenedor…a pincharlas…
    Tan distinto del lugar donde vivo!!!
    Un abrazote para tí.

  • Si, me gusta mucho esta construcción hecho de tierra y cubierta de tierra también y luego tallado y adornado. Quién sabe como aprendieron los monjes a trabajar con adobe. Lo habrán traído de otro país? Quizás lo aprendieron de los indignas de aquí. Se me hace muy cálido y natural. Luego subo unas fotos de otra misión con una fachada decorada con santos creados con el mismo material. Bueno como ves, me divertí mucho con mi pequeño Photo-shoot de los misiones de Arizona.
    Te mando también un fuerte abrazo Rosa :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • anisja
    anisjaover 4 years ago

    Aj, muy linda imagen . I have seen Missiones ruins in Argentina , and other rests of jesuits monastery in Paraguay and they are always done in red bricks. And the land there is not of the same consistence as in Arizona. Good question. I am going to make a research :))…..
    Very nice photo.

  • Mil gracias Anisja! I enjoy visiting these old churches and missions. They are full of fascinating artwork from the tiniest details to the most elaborate paintings and sculptures.

    – Richard G Witham

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 4 years ago

    I love the soft light on the wall. It takes on a human quality. gorgeous lighting and beautiful composition.

  • Thank you John; and I agree with you about the human quality. These structures seem very warm to me and exude a human sort of comforting – hard to describe.

    – Richard G Witham

  • ideasinmotion
    ideasinmotionabout 4 years ago

    love the shadow of the bell. your work is beauty-full. your lifestyle serves your spirit well. my best. stephanie

  • What a wonderful comment Stephanie. Thank you :-)

    – Richard G Witham

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