Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Full Moon, Eclipse, Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon

The moon was nearly full when it rose over the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I’m a proponent of as little travel as possible when the presentation is before me. Dewitt Jones said, “The banquet is spread constantly, with no thought of whether anyone will attend. If I were receptive enough, perhaps I would see it in everything. But I’m not, so photography is one of the tools I use to help me concentrate, to help me see deeply, to block out all that is extraneous and see that which is essential.” I shot the moon rise last night and the following two images looking out from our deck early this morning. The potential for a vibrant eclipse diminished through the night as clouds moved in. Around 3 am the moon vanished altogether. At 4:30 am, my alarm went off. There was a faint moon with clouds surrounding it. I nodded off. By 4:55 am I was dressed and standing outside with the camera set up. I surmised that the moon would perhaps emerge from and disappear behind intermittent banks of clouds. It did as I thought but not with the resounding determination I’d hoped for. It seemed to pulse faintly as it set and then it was gone. At 5:45 I was back in bed. I woke up at 7:15 am with a feeling that I had traveled miles. In effect, at that moment I had hitched a ride with the moon. I think I’ll also need a nap later.

Full moon rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM
Nearly full moon rising over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM

Lunar eclipse, NM
Lunar eclipse, this morning from San Cristobal, NM

Full moon Lunar eclipse, setting this morning over the Taos Plateau
Full moon, Lunar eclipse, setting this morning over the Taos Plateau.

Below is a new print I’m working on. It’s a very large panorama of the sacred Fajada Butte in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. I’ll have this image ready for purchase on my fine art prints landscape page this weekend.

Fajada Butte Chaco Canyon
Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, Chaco Culture National Historical Park

As always thanks for looking. G

Cactus, Pueblo Alto Trail, Chaco Canyon

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

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

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

Glyphs, Signs, Rio Grande Del Norte

Glyphs, signs, an encrypted language, lines of code? in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM. I have no clue what, who, or why? It spoke to me so I made an image! Thanks for looking. Be safe out there this weekend. G

Glyphs, signs, an encrypted language in the Rio Grande Del Norte?

Feather, Casa Rinconada, Chaco Canyon

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

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

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, NM

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Chaco Canyon, NM. Over the months I’ve spent in Chaco Canyon it has got under my skin. If you’ve been to Chaco you’ll know what I mean. If you have yet to visit this place I think you’ll find it might do the same to you. Pueblo Bonito is the largest of the pueblo houses in Chaco. Thanks for looking. G

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, NM