Monday, December 27, 2010

Red Rock canyon at sunset

We took a jeep ride to look at the sunset. There was no guarantee that we'd get a nice show due to overcast skies and potential for showers. This is Juli and our driver, Mario. Our jeep is at far left.

Same shot.

We were sad to think we wouldn't have the most beautiful light, and it started to rain a bit, but then the light broke through.

The light creeping up the cliffs with a rainbow. Ahhh!

The other half of the rainbow.


- Posted at great expense from my iPhone

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ruins of Tuzigoot

This is an ancient pueblo of the Sinagua people, who lived here between AD 1000 and AD 1400.

A panorama courtesy of the Autostitch app.

OCR on an informational sign:

For thousands of years, the Verde Valley has been a
human melting pot. Hunters and gatherers came first, searching for wild game and grasses. Traders followed, digging salt and minerals, and then settlers farming the fertile bottomlands.
A tribe of southern Sinagua built their masonry homes on this ridge about AD 1000 and established a thriving agricultural community. Inexplicably, they left in the early
1400s, more than a hundred years before the first Europeans rode into the valley.
A circular 1/4-mile trail winds up and through the remains of the Tuzigoot pueblo.

In a typical late-pueblo room, storage cists were frequently set in a corner of the room and clay vessels for storage were submerged in the floors. When Sinagua children died, they were buried in lined crypts beneath the floors of the dwellings. It was hoped their spirits would be incorporated into succeeding generations.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Montezuma Well

So called because early Europeans thought that the cliff dwellers in the area were at the north end of the Aztec empire. The name has stuck, though we now know better.

It's a large sinkhole fed by a constant flow underground flow of water.

There's cliff dwellings on the far side

Maybe you can see the cliff dwellings a bit better

This is as good a picture as I have of the cliff dwellings

This water source was used for irrigation by the original people of the area.

OCR on an informational sign:

Since water in Montezuma Well is charged with carbon dioxide (CO2), gill-breathing fish can not
survive: instead, an aquatic community of several unique species—each dependent on the other - has evolved.
By day, small floating plants—aIgae—manufacture food from light energy and the rich supply of carbon dioxide. Tiny, shrimplike animals—amphipods— feed by combing algae cells through appendages below their mouths.

Leeches, living by day in the bottom of the well, rise at night and, searching with the sensory hairs of their bodies, gulp large quantities of the small amphipods. Night-swimming water scorpions also make evening meals of the shrimplike creatures. More familiar turtles and muskrats live around the
well, and at dawn and dusk you might see squirrels, foxes, skunks, raccoons and snakes coming to feed. ln winter, look for black-headed Canadian
geese, green-winged teals and mallards.

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone

Monday, December 20, 2010

SWM seeks vortex

In Sedona, I asked the local crystal dealer if I could align my chakras better if I ingested a small crystal. She'd obviously been mocked by far far better because she didn't skip a beat in her no-nonsense response that she didn't think that was the right way to align chakras.

The scenery is still magnificent, no matter the poor humor of the local vortex shills. I'm using my trueHDR app which is doing a good job, with the exception that it occasionally misregisters the images.

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Ocr on the friendly sign tells us that, "This piece of equipment was the first successful mining device to replace human labor in removing the rubble from underground hard rock-blasting. The Model 12B, which weighs 4,200 pounds and requires 60 to 125 pounds per-square-inch air pressure, was first introduced in
1938. When the bucket is loaded with rubble, the
operator actuates the bucket drive motor to exert force on
the rocker pull chain, which is attached near the outer end of the rocker arms. The rocker arms roll the bucket upward toward the rear of the machine so that it maximizes the initial lift force on the bucket. As the bucket is thrown rearward, its vertical velocity decreases, and its horizontal velocity increases until the rocker arms strike shock—absorbing stops on the frame. When the bucket stops, the contents are flung into an attached mine car."

More ocr: "Jerome is perched on the side of Cleopatra Hill over rich ore deposits. In 1876, mining claims and a mill were located near the town. These claims were purchased in 1882 by thebUnited Verde Company and the tent camp was named Jerome after Eugene ]erome, a major financier of the company."

Today there's wine tasting, galleries, and tourist shops. We had a short and wonderfully personal tour of Robin John Andersons' gallery and studio located in the former high school across the street from the first photo in this post. See

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