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February 14, 2019
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Photo – Aztec Pueblo

Here’s one of the buildings at the Aztec Pueblo in New Mexico. The logs sticking out of the wall would have supported the floor on the second story of the building. Because of the condition of the building, there’s no way to tell if it had a third floor. Three story buildings existed at many pueblos.

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February 13, 2019
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Photo – Pueblo Bonito Astronomical Window

This photo shows a rare corner window at Pueblo Bonito, which is in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. There are only seven such windows in the entire 650 rooms at Pueblo Bonito. These windows were used for astronomical observation, and this one determined when the winter solstice arrived.

If you want to know what prehistoric cultures knew about the night sky, do a search for Archaeoastronomy.

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February 12, 2019
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Jeff’s Arizona Adventures – Canyon de Chelly

While there are Native American ruins to be seen from overlooks, and guided tours that can take you to them, this National Monument (https://www.nps.gov/cach/index.htm) is really a geological site. The rock formations are amazing.

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Sliding House Overlook

We went on the South Rim Drive, which offers better lighting in the afternoon and has seven overlooks. The North Rim Drive has better lighting before noon and has three overlooks.

To properly photograph everything you will need a long lens for the ruins and a wide angle lens for the canyons and rocks. I used the following lenses and got the photographs I wanted:

  • Canon 24-70mm f/4 L EF IS (USM)
  • Canon 70-200mm f/4 L EF IS (USM)

If you want to get close shots of the ruins, without hiking down to them, you will probably need a 300mm-400mm lens, or a 2x teleconverter on a 200mm lens.

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White House Ruins

Canyon de Chelly has had people living there for almost 5,000 years. The people we call Native Americans lived here about the same time as they did elsewhere in the Four Corners region, between the late 1000’s A.D. and early 1200’s A.D. Most of the people had moved out of the area by the mid-1300’s A.D.

As we drove on South Rim Drive, we discovered several overlooks that became our favorites.

  • Junction Overlook – Here you look deep into the canyon where you see two different ruins. One to the right and one to the left.
  • White House Overlook – You have to walk over a rocky area that’s a little rough to get to the overlook, but you’re rewarded with great views of the canyon, and the ruins. There is a ruin on the canyon floor and another above it in an alcove. The pueblo on the canyon floor used to be high enough to reach the ruins in the alcove. It’s called White House because of the white plastered walls in a room in the alcove. This is the only ruin you can walk to without a guide.
  • Spider Rock Overlook – As you walk toward the overlook, you are looking 1,000 feet (305 meters) down into the canyon. The first thing you will notice is Spider Rock, an 800 foot (244 meters) tall column of stone. This rock was of special interest to my wife, Linda-Ann. The Navajo believe that Spider Woman taught them how to weave, and Linda-Ann is a weaver. Spider Woman is supposed to live at Spider Rock. You can see several pueblo ruins from the overlook and a ruin at the base of Spider Rock.
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Canyon de Chelly is a nice combination of geology and ruins, and well worth a visit.

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Jeff

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February 7, 2019
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Photo – Salmon Ruins Wall

This section of wall at the Salmon Pueblo in New Mexico shows a more recent building style. You can tell it’s the newer style by the tiny rocks pushed into the mortar between the big rocks. I don’t know why they did all this extra work, but it does look nice.

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February 6, 2019
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Photo – Aztec Arches 3

Look part way down the rock, on the right, and you’ll see a tiny arch in the rock. It’s another of the over 400 arches found in the Aztec arch area, near the town of Aztec in New Mexico.

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January 31, 2019
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Photo – Canyon De Shelly Tree

I found this hardy tree at Canyon de Shelly. It has that one loooong root to get water from a depression when it rains. It shows a lot of determination.

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January 24, 2019
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Photo – Chetro Ketl Kivas

Here are some of the many kivas at Chetro Ketl, which is located at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. A kiva is a room used by Puebloans for religious rituals and meetings. They are most often underground and circular in shape, but we did see a few that were square. Some pueblos have only one kiva, while others may have over half a dozen.

Chetro Ketl is a great area to walk around, and it’s big, so give yourself time to see it all.

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January 23, 2019
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Photo – Aztec Pueblo

This is a great passageway at Aztec Pueblo, New Mexico. It was a warm day, but in the passageway it was wonderfully cool, with a great breeze. There are some openings on the left that lead to little courtyards, but they are covered with plexiglass so people won’t wander into them. It’s quite roomy here too, with plenty of clearance over my head.

I really liked the Aztec Pueblo, and most of it is wheelchair accessible as they have asphalt walkways throughout. And when you visit the huge Kiva, be sure to press the button by the door that plays Native American singing. It creates an amazing experience.

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January 17, 2019
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Photo – Hungo Pavi

This rock wall is part of the Hungo Pavi Pueblo at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It’s about 3 feet (.9 meters) thick. Part of the building has collapsed, revealing the inner structure of the wall.

As I mentioned yesterday with my photo of a wall at Chetro Ketl Pueblo, the amount of rock they had to gather is amazing. They didn’t make walls that were rock shells filled with dirt or rubble. Their walls were rock, through and through. It takes a lot of dedication and determination to build structures like this.

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January 16, 2019
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Photo – Chetro Ketl Pueblo Wall

This rock wall is part of the Chetro Ketl Pueblo at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It’s about 12 feet (3.6 meters) tall and 3 feet (.9 meters) thick.

At every pueblo I visited, I was constantly amazed at how many tons of rock the Native Americans carried, by hand, to create their homes. It was a Herculean effort that should not be underestimated.

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Jeff

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