Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP

Some ten miles south of downtown Tucson, AZ, on desert land of the Tohono O’odham tribe, is the church of San Xavier del Bac Mission, a baroque confection founded by Jesuits and completed at the end of the 18th century. You’ll have a sense of how lovely the church is when I tell you that it is called the White Dove of the Desert:

We went to see it when we were visiting with our oldest friends who two years ago decamped from Connecticut to live in the (almost) perpetual sunshine of Tucson. The womenfolk traipsed in sightseeing mode around the church, admiring altar statues and carvings and colors. And when I turned around, there were the guys:

The ancient Greeks knew it well, that friendship is sacred, and communion comes in many forms —

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24 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP

  1. jfb57 says:

    What a great post for the theme. It is friendship all round!

  2. a beautiful church. I’ve added it to my list of places to see. Love this expression of friendship.

  3. Stef says:

    Aw, beautiful photo. *Love* it!

  4. So engaged – I love it! And the church is beautiful, too!

  5. barb19 says:

    Deep in conversation it seems. Great photo for the challenge – and a beautiful church!

  6. Jo Bryant says:

    I have heard of this church before…would love to see it

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It has an interesting history, and is dedicated (I’m pretty sure) to the Native American female saint Kateri Tekakwitha — that makes it different also!

  7. Fabulous church and obvious friendship. Nice capture. They look to be in an intense conversation. Intense but friendly 🙂

  8. Peter says:

    In reality, we were probably talking about food or wine – lunch that day or dinner that night. I doubt that we were discoursing on the grandeur of San Xavier. The picture reminds me how much we miss you, our friends (you will note that I did not say “old” – as that is defined as ten years older than ourselves), and we wish that you could decamp more often to Arizona.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Wondered when you’d spot the photo —
      See, intense and friendly perfectly sums up discussions of food and wine especially when the subject(s) under discussion will be shared!
      We miss you guys too — A LOT.

  9. What a beautiful post and picture to go with it! A thought of having my long-time friends close to me again makes me smile. I am glad you were able to spend time with yours. 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      We were very grateful for the time together —
      As you say, even thinking about old friends brings a smile!
      Hope your day is filled with smiles, Tara!
      🙂

  10. reb says:

    A beautiful take on the Friendship theme. Very nice photos. I’ve had no luck with shots in churches.

  11. This is a lovely post. I was especially excited by your use of the words “confection” – perfect! – and “communion” – you double entendre-er, you! : )

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Quel plaisir to know that somebody else equally loves words and word play —
      I’ll be taking a seminar in Word Play this fall and love the idea of double entendre being included as a type of it, thank you, Jen!

      (Not sure I edited you correctly about “use of” — assumed it was a typo, but I remember that you hate being edited — then again I’m an old copyreader, and the older the habit the harder it dies 😉

      Always happy when you visit the blog — and looking forward to an actual, not just virtual, visit!

  12. A seminar in Word Play? That sounds interesting! You’ll have to tell me more when we visit in July.

    (No worries on correcting any typos I may have put down accidentally!)

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