Petroglyph National Monument

4/19/15 Sunday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)

My side of the bed was great-like before. Such a surprise. If the hose connectors are cracked, why did it feel so good? He’d let air out of my side. Ah, the elevation.

So after a pretty good night’s sleep we made our batch of pancakes, then to church. Wonderful music with just a Bass and guitar and 6 singers. Unfortunately, someone liked incense, so we had a lot of it. Maybe it’s because the priest’s sermon was about prayer and incense symbolizes your prayer going up. Nevertheless, it was hard on the eyes and throat. Hope they don’t use so much every Sunday.

We relaxed with some reading, then lunch. This was a beautiful sunny day, so we decided to visit the Petroglyph National Monument. We were hoping for the chance to walk, since we’d been sitting a lot lately. Our prayers were answered. After stopping at the Visitor Center and watching their film, we walked 3 trails at Boca Negra Canyon.

petro 1 petro 2

Boca Negra Canyon petroglyphs and views:

boca 1 boca 2 boca 3 boca 4 boca 5 boca 6 boca 6a

Rain Cloud

Rain Cloud

Rinconada Canyon petroglyphs and views. This was a 2.2 mile round trip trail, so we really got a workout on this one, trying to finish before the gates closed.

rin 1 rin 2 rin 3 rin 4 rin 6 rin 7 rin 8 Crosses by Spaniards

Sheep

Sheep

Once the Spaniards arrived, they brought Christianity and sheep herding, so there are also crosses, sheep and brand symbols on the rocks, probably etched by Puebloans as well as Spaniards.

These are sacred to the Pueblo Indians, a tie to their ancestors. The rocks were a light gray when these earliest images were scratched into them but time and weather have created a dark patina over the rocks. The last image shows a part of our path and the escarpment that comprises the area that basalt rock was brought up by the nearby 6 volcanoes.

We made it out well before the gates closed. Home with sore feet and tired muscles, but happy. The warm temperatures and light breezes made this a perfect day to walk along the escarpment of the Petroglyphs.

 

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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