Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
A new day was ours!
We watched the cliffs begin to glow..
And then we just stood there and felt good.
That, and a good cup of coffee, is a heckuvva way to start the day.
Friday, July 18, 2014
An even better view of The Battleship and the Pyramids.
Just look at the colors!!
A canyon within the canyon.
You can see the north rim on the horizon..ten miles away. I know folks who hike the width of the Grand Canyon at least once a year, starting at the north rim and ending at the great hotel, El Tovar, on the south edge.
Four points of depth. You can lose yourself in this picture.
I have a favorite bench here. Like most good viewpoints, you can change positions on my bench and see a different picture every time. You just slide up or down the bench and watch the light and angle change on whatever you're looking at. It's a great place to just sit and think. Here's the basic view from my bench:
So, sit down, friend, and search the scene. You'll find something you like and it will make you happy .. at least for a while.
A bench like this, in a place like this, is a treasure and good for the soul.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Monday, July 14, 2014
Macaws, like the one carved here, were brought as trade items from Mexico:
It's thought the people lived here in permanent settlement for abut 400 years before closing up shop and moving on. No one knows exactly why they left, but they did..moving south and east toward the Rio Grande river..a very similar experience to that of the people who lived in Mesa Verde and Chaco. Now, most of their descendants live in modern pueblos throughout the region; the Pueblo People.
And here's a note right out of the Park Service's guidebook: People have not lived in Frijoles Canyon for more than 450 years, but the site is not abandoned, according to tradition. Modern Pueblo people believe their ancestors still inhabit the place in spirit.
Here's how it looks from the valley floor across Frijoles Creek:
Come visit the ancients at Bandelier.
I'm moving on tomorrow. Talk to you from the Grand Canyon later this week.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Carver at work.
It was wonderful and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves art of any
kind. It's all here. It's from the world.
After a couple of hours, I retreated to the old stand--the central Plaza in old Santa Fe. People were on the benches, under the trees, at the Fajita stand, patrolling the shops and, generally spending Sunday afternoon at a leisurely pace.
But nobody was having more fun than the Accordion Man and his biggest fan:
Sunday in the Plaza.