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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Three Rivers Petroglyph

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The Three Rivers Petroglyph site has over 21000 petroglyphs, which is simply amazing. The Jornada Mogollon people produced the art over 600 years ago. The circle motif accounts for over 10% of the petroglyphs at this site. In Mesoamerica, the circle and dot is related to Quetzalcoatl, other researchers suggest the the dots represent corn or a population count.

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The artist often incorporated rock features into their work. Here, a rock nodule is a bighorn sheep’s eye.

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An animal pierced by an arrow, along with a bear track.

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Peace.

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The body of a bighorn sheep filled with a Mimbres-style geometric design and pierced by three arrows.

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Here, the rounded portion of the boulder is used to add dimension to the face.

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At work, chopping trees?

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Forked tongue…a pretense of things to come?

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Looking southwest towards White Sands. The site is a narrow ridge of rock about 150 feet high.

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Looking west, a shot of the Tularosa Basin with the lava field in the distance. When settlers first arrived, water was more plentiful than now.

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Looking east.

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The zoom on this camera is amazing. See if you can find this spot in the previous image.

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The parking area, room for five RVs, two with electric.

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With some magic manipulation, I was able to coax some color into this shot to aid in identifying this bird. Any ideas?

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A shot of the lave field from the west side, looking east at Carrizozo. We will be hanging here a bit longer, probably through the weekend. The SuperBowl is coming up and the rates are dirt cheap with our new Senior pass.

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