Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

Creepy

Creepy

Last Christmas, Peter and I travelled to Curaçao for a scuba trip. One evening, the resort hosted a grilled fish dinner in the beach. Here’s what greeted us as we walked into the seaside restaurant. Seemed a little creepy to me. For those of you who don’t know, that big fish head is the remains of a yellowfin tuna. It was delicious, however.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Beneath Your Feet

Glory at the Top

Glory at the Top

Or, in this case, tires. Here’s a shot of my wonderful new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. She’s affectionately named Glory and it was a glorious day when we took her to her first Jeep Jamboree last Saturday and ascended to the top of Montezuma Basin near Aspen, Colorado. This trail is rated difficult and she came through without a scratch (well there were a few scratches on the skid plates underneath, but that’s what the plates are there for).

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Inspiration

Montezuma Basin

Montezuma Basin

I’m fortunate to live in a place that inspires on a regular basis, but this past weekend was particularly so. My husband Peter, my sister Becky and I took my new Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk on a road trip to Snowmass, Colorado for the Roof of the Rockies Jeep Jamboree. We spent two days exploring the off-road trails of the region with other Jeep enthusiasts. This is a shot of Montezuma Basin. It’s an area, like many in the Rockies that attracted silver miners.

The gold streaks are mine tailings from the silver mines on the sides of the steep mountain face. And you can see the road we used to ascend the scree field to the top of the basin. Also, if you want to see a larger version of the shot, just click on the photo.

Here’s a shot of Becky standing by my Jeep. I like to name my cars and she had gone un-named for three months. On this trip, I was inspired to name her – Glory! Enough said…

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Half and Half

Half and Half

Half and Half

A photo with two clear halves, this shot was taken while diving on Lighthouse Reef in Belize last fall. The structure in the foreground on which the little fish are resting is a barrel sponge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Symbol

Sego Canyon

Sego Canyon

One of my favorite subjects is the rock art of the Southwest and my very favorite is these ancient pictographs. They’re quite rare and very old. There are two kinds of rock art seen throughout the Southwest: petroglyphs which are carved into stone and pictographs which are painted. The pictographs like this one are much older – dated to around 5000 B.C.E.

These figures are named after a famous site in Canyonlands National Park in Utah – the Barrier Canyon style. I have been to Barrier Canyon and did photograph the site several years ago, but it was before I got my new Nikon. I’m planning on going back in the next year since I have my new Jeep which can traverse the 25 mile dirt and rock road get to the trailhead!

This Barrier Canyon style of rock art is especially fine work and has survived (obviously) on the sandstone walls of the canyon lands for seven thousand years or so. We know very little about the people who painted these figures, as all that remains are the paintings themselves. But symbolic they certainly are, and as with most art we’re left with our own thoughts and feelings about what these symbols mean. This shot was taken at a site near Thompson Springs Utah in Sego Canyon.

How would you interpret these symbols?

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Door

Taos Pueblo Door

Taos Pueblo Door

Here’s a shot of a door in the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. The Pueblo people have continuously inhabited this beautiful site for over a thousand years. Many families live in more modern housing on the reservation for most of the year, but they have apartments in the old part of the pueblo that they use for festival days and there are some families who live there full-time. There is no electricity or running water, so they get their water from the river that flows through the village.

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