Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Snake in the Grass

 Taken in the front yard 2/19/2012

(for my friend Janice who has been very patient!)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

PhotoHunt: Standing

out of time distant

sailing on ancient waters

Shiprock passes by

In the northwest corner of New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation, Shiprock stands 1800 feet tall on an otherwise totally flat landscape.  Its Navajo name is Tsé Bit' A'í, which means Rock with Wings.

Navajo storytellers share a legend about Shiprock.

A long time ago the Diné were hard pressed by their enemies. One night their medicine men prayed for their deliverance, having their prayers heard by the Gods. They caused the ground to rise, lifting the Diné, and moved the ground like a great wave into the east away from their enemies. It settled where Shiprock Peak now stands. These Navajos then lived on the top of this new mountain, only coming down to plant their fields and to get water.

For some time all went well. Then one day during a storm, and while the men were working in the fields, the trail up the rock was split off by lightning and only a sheer cliff was left. The women, children, and old men on the top slowly starved to death, leaving their bodies to settle there.

Posted for PhotoHunt

Wednesday, December 8, 2010