Here are photos of Shiprock , near the town of Shiprock NewMexico( for those not familiar with the location). These photos were taken last March in the afternoon. When we return I’ll try to get morning shots, hopefully when it not so cloudy and stormy.
My first look at Shiprock reminded me of the small island in Crater Lake…a miniature Shiprock. The photo is included here.
It amazed me is the way the windows lined up from building to building and that goes for the doors as well.
This is last photo I published before but it reminds me of the same occurrences at Chaco Canyon…doors walled up when someone dies.
Could this be the case at Aztec, I think so.
The arrangement of the windows inside the Kiva and the light reflected through them fascinates me. The time spent observing the Sun to get the placement just right…in so many of our ancient cultures it was so important to do that…to take the time.
Inside the Kiva
For those who don’t know(I didn’t), Aztec is near Farmington in the Four Corners area.
The monument boasts a reconstructed Kiva which I have a photo of.
Below is information from the National Park service web site.
Near Aztec, New Mexico over 1,000 years ago, Ancestral Pueblo people constructed a large planned community that served their society for over two centuries. Aztec Ruins National Monument, which is part of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park World Heritage Site, preserves the remains of this well planned community, which is the largest Ancestral Puebloan community in the Animas River Valley. While the Ancestral Pueblo people are responsible for the construction of this site, the ruins received their name when early European settlers mistakenly attributed the ruins to the Aztecs of Mexico. A visit to the park provides not only a glimpse into the lives of Ancestral Pueblo people but also a place to connect with the cultural heritage of American Indians today.
These photos were taken the last two days in March.
The Reconstructed Kiva:
My Husband at the entrance
More to come…Stay tuned!
Here a some more birds and of course a chipmunk!
there’ that sparrow again
Cute isn’t he?
Clark’s Nutcracker group
All photos by Michael Poe