Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Cactus, Pueblo Alto Trail, Chaco Canyon

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Cactus on the Pueblo Alto trail in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. There is much to see in Chaco Culture Historical Park, up, down and all points in between. If I find the photo of the piece of pottery we found near this spot I’ll post. We pick it up look and marvel at it, then put it back down where we found it for others to enjoy. This cactus was perfect right where it was. Thanks for looking. G

Cactus, Pueblo Alto Trail, Chaco Canyon

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

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Fajada Butte sunset at the end of a hot summer day hiking in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Summer is a good time to visit Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Yes, it is hot, very hot, but very few people. Winter is great too, very few people. We’ll spend one more day in NM tomorrow and then who knows where we’ll wind up? Thanks for looking. G

Fajada Butte sunset in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

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Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico.  I pulled this one from the archives last week and seeing as park is temporarily closed now, this view will suffice. I never go too far from home anyway so I’m not really limited in my travel. There are plenty more places to visit nearby and discover a few new ones while I’m at it. I’m very fortunate, pretty much everything I enjoy is here in my northern New Mexico backyard. Thanks for looking. G

Chaco Canyon, Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico

Elk, Chaco Culture, National Historical Park, NM

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Elk, Chaco Culture, National Historical Park, NM. Elk can be seen year round here in the canyon. I’ve photographed them on many visits over the years. Here’s another image of a herd of elk after a spring snow. And one more of an elk and calf on a winter assignment in the canyon. Thanks for looking. G

Elk, Chaco Culture, National Historical Park, NM.

Feather, Casa Rinconada, Chaco Canyon

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Feather, Casa Rinconada, Chaco Canyon. When I caught sight of the feather it was tumbling along through the sage and other sundry brush around the great kiva at Casa Rinconada. In a lull in the wind, it settled on a sage bush. I picked it up and held it so the sun back lighted it. I made a few images, as it continued to flutter in the breeze, before casting it back in the air and the will of the wind. Thanks for looking. G

Feather, Casa Rinconada, Chaco Canyon.

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, NM

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Fajada Butte, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. I revisit images from time to time. Sometimes they speak to me differently than they first did. I shot this image ten years ago for a story on the celestial alignments that occur in Chaco Canyon. Looking at it now, I am reminded of the many nights I’ve spent in the canyon gazing on this scene in silence, solitude and gratitude. Making this image I was the only soul present except for, perhaps, the ancient spirits. Thanks for looking. G

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, NM

Raven, Chaco Canyon, NM

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Raven, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The Ravens are a constant in Chaco, Canyon and can be seen soaring over cliffs and coursing along the rocky outcroppings, ruins and ancient structures. They can also be found robbing camp sites, dumpster diving and chipping holes in plastic water containers when arroyos dry up. They are smart creatures. Thanks for looking. G

Raven, Chaco Canyon, NM

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon

From under the ramada, Fajada Butte, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. When I visit Chaco Canyon I always like to return to this spot, in the shade of the poles and look out upon Fajada Butte. I often make it my last stop before leaving the canyon, to sit and gaze out at this landscape; to rest easy in the shade, perhaps to feel, what stirred the souls of those long ago. I’m very fortunate that I have been able to spend many months over the years in this place. There are many stories as to the why and wherefores of Chaco. All I know, in this place, is peace and serenity. Thanks for looking. G

Under the ramada, Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon. Stepping stones of light through ancient doorways into the past. Standing here alone in a narrow room, when the ruins are void of everything but light and the sound of the wind is probably as close as I’ll get to the Chaco Canyon Culture. On a previous trip I’ve heard flute music played,  echoing around the three and four story high walls, weaving like the wind through the cracks and doorways… nothing compares to the virtual silence in this place. Thanks for looking. G

Pueblo Bonito Chaco Canyon