Shiprock

 

 

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.

 

 

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Windows&Doors,Aztec Ruins 2

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.

 

Aztec Ruins National Monument,Aztec New Mexico

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.

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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

Inside

More to come…Stay tuned!

 

Birds of Cabin Lake 2011

Cabin Lake Oregon is an unlikely birding hotspot. It is located where  the High Desert and forest meet near Fort Rock, south of Bend Oregon. It has the only water in the area and is a mecca for all species of birds and other.

The pictures below were taken in 2011, since then “friends of Cabin Lake”  have made quite a few improvements, see their Facebook page.

viewing cabin

viewing cabin

 

countryside view

countryside view

 

Crossbills

Crossbills

Another visitor to the water, Chipmunk

Another visitor to the water, Chipmunk

I have so many more pics of this unique place…more tomorrow.

JLP