Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Coming home from work

Well I do the same drive just about everyday, but I still think everything here is so beautiful. Things are pretty green right now because of the monsoon rains.
The main feature in this picture is known as black mesa. There is a lot of folklore about this particular monument, some true and some legend. I know that some of the Tewa Indians took refuge up there one time when the American army was chasing them. There is supposedly a spring up there which allowed the Indians to survive. This monument is on Indian land. I'm not too sure about how much persecution occured to the local Indians here, though I do know most Indians in New Mexico are still on a lot of their original land. The legend is that this formation is the top of the volcano in the (western) Jemez mountains, though this is just legend. This unique geographic formation was produced the last time the volcano exploded (I believe thousands of years ago), when the lava came from the mountains down into the valley and was cooled in the Rio Grande.
A view of the Sangre de Cristos.
The Rio Grande River Valley and the Sangre De Cristo mountains in the east.

One of the peaks on the left is Truchas peak, the second highest peak in New Mexico at over 13,000 feet.

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