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Petroglyph National Monument again

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On June 13th we visited Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque for the second time, our previous visit having been in the fall of 2014. This time we walked a trail we hadn’t on that first visit, the Cliff Base Trail in Boca Negra Canyon.

The third picture gives you a feel for the desert landscape around there.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 18, 2017 at 4:59 AM

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  1. The desert plants near the petroglyphs are especially aromatic, and many are probably medicinal. When I last visited the site, someone from Google Earth, with the large orbital camera, was on site taking photos. Included was a rattlesnake beneath some scrub and rocks.

    Christina Mild

    July 18, 2017 at 12:42 PM

  2. That’s a rather fearsome image in the first photo. It’s interesting that the second and third both contain stars. They must have been quite a sight for those early people: mysterious and compelling in their beauty.

    shoreacres

    July 18, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    • I wonder if the stylized figures that we in our culture are used to calling stars represented stellar stars to the people who carved these petroglyphs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2017 at 10:00 PM

  3. i like it

    gouparchery

    July 18, 2017 at 9:27 PM

  4. July 17 was World Emoji Day (of all things!!) Dare we call these petroglyphs ancient emojis ? The evil looking petroglyph in the first photo is very like the devil emoji on Skype.

    Gallivanta

    July 19, 2017 at 4:25 AM

    • Hmm. Do we really need a World Emoji Day? From your double exclamation mark I’d say you don’t think so, either. You must already have been familiar with that devil emoji when you saw the petroglyph in the first photograph, and I imagine it colored your reaction. I don’t see the petroglyph looking evil. Chacun à son diable, as the French (don’t) say. And now your mention of the devil has reminded me of this:

      https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45247/song-why-so-pale-and-wan-fond-lover

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2017 at 5:30 AM

  5. […] photographed more than petroglyphs at Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque on June 13th. Presumably to avoid the heat of the […]


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