Look before you enter

Look before you enter

The best door handles are at San Xavier mission, but there are other handsome ones scattered around Tucson.

This wrought iron rattlesnake handle is on the main door to San Xavier. It was created in the mid-1950s by Tucson blacksmith Raul Vasquez, according to the late Bernard L. Fontana's definitive book on the mission, "A Gift of Angels, the Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac."

This wrought iron rattlesnake handle is on the main door to San Xavier. It was created in the mid-1950s by Tucson blacksmith Raul Vasquez, according to the late Bernard L. Fontana's definitive book on the mission, "A Gift of Angels, the Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac."

This is the inside of the mission's front door, also created by Vasquez.

This is the inside of the mission's front door, also created by Vasquez.

The mortuary chapel at San Xavier.

The mortuary chapel at San Xavier.

This guy lives in the Dunbar Springs neighborhood north of downtown.

This guy lives in the Dunbar Springs neighborhood north of downtown.

This blog rarely ventures beyond the Tucson area, but I had to include these pickaxe handles in the former copper mining town of Bisbee.

This blog rarely ventures beyond the Tucson area, but I had to include these pickaxe handles in the former copper mining town of Bisbee.

The Mercado neighborhood west of downtown.

The Mercado neighborhood west of downtown.

Fresh ristras are the sign that the holiday season has started in Tucson

Fresh ristras are the sign that the holiday season has started in Tucson

Tucson's trees show their fall color by blooming

Tucson's trees show their fall color by blooming