Photo of the Week - Lion lookout over San Xavier del bac Mission, Grotto Hill, January 19-25
This week I was on a requested photo shoot at the San Xavier del bac Mission (completed in 1797) in Tucson, Arizona. The request was unique as I was asked to use a 35mm camera and take slide photos. An artist in Kansas will use the slides to transpose onto a pot, so he can work on the intricate details of the mission's front facade, onto the pot.
After I shot the mission with both the 35mm and digital camera (for myself), Eric Peffer and I strolled over to Grotto Hill, next to the mission, to get a few photos from a different location. It was an interesting find to come across 2 lion statues, situated 1/2 way up the hill. These two cast iron lions, patented in 1875 and installed in 1908, sit atop pillars at an entrance path to a religious grotto.
Our timing on Grotto Hill was more luck than planned, but it was perfect. We had arrived at the mission to catch sunrise for best lighting, and the best situation to improve our possibility of photos of the mission, sans people. We had, somewhat, succeeded.
We watched the sunrise teasingly wrap around Grotto Hill and inch toward the iron cast lions. Once the rays reached one of the lions, our cameras fired away. The magic moment came and quickly dissipated and we were off to capture Tubac, Arizona and San Jose de Tumacocari.