While staying with family in Tucson, Arizona last week I had the opportunity to visit the historic Mission San Xavier del bac. Shown are a few of the snapshots I took while there. I want to emphasize that these are most definitely not professional photos. (I was shooting on the mirrorless Panasonic Lumix GH2 which does not render acceptable images at high ISO's.) Nevertheless, I found the unique Southwest sculpture so unusual that I decided to share the images anyway.
One of the guides inside the church identified the flower growing outside as "the bird of paradise." I do not know if this is its official name but it certainly is descriptive.