Once a year on Christmas Eve (for 3 hours only), this gorgeous church-ruin is totally illuminated by hundreds of candles inside paper bags...
San Cayetano de Tumacácori, or simply Tumacácori is the historic site of a Franciscan mission that was built in the late 18th century. It takes its name from an earlier mission site founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1691, which is on the east side of the Santa Cruz River south of the national park. This Kino-period mission was founded at an extant native O'odham or Sobaipuri settlement and represents the first mission in southern Arizona, but not the first mission in Arizona. The later Franciscan mission, which is now a ruin preserved as Tumacácori National Historical Park, was never rebuilt after being abandoned after repeated Apache raids in the 19th century that killed farmers and ranchers in the area and put a stop to the growth of the area's economy (wikipedia). This image was taken (8:45PM) under moonlight, single 180s exposure, f11, ISO400 (minor camera raw adjustments and denoise). Thank you for your feedback and support, and have a great 2013!

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