Friday, April 11, 2014

Picture of the Moment - Roadside Shrine in Mexico

There are tens of thousands of these lovingly-maintained roadside shrines in Mexico, devoted to various saints of the Roman Catholic church. St. Jude Thaddeus (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot) was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, traditionally martyred by an axe. He is the patron saint of "difficult cases." This little chapel is located just west of the remote iron mining district of Hercules, in sparsely-populated western Coahuila State near the border with Chihuahua. I took this picture one late afternoon in January of 2011 while working in the region.

Hercules, Coahuila, Mexico. January 2011