This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 9 images chosen by readers picking a number out of my photo archives. Pretty heavy in Southwest Native American this week.
Arija chose #47 because, “it just popped into my head.” You could just pop through this little T-door then down the ladder—two poles sticking up—into a kiva at Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park, CO. This is the third larges cliff dwelling in the park with about 130 rooms built about 800 years ago by the Ancestral Puebloan Indians. When I worked here I used to love to have the place to myself and swear I could hear, or at least sense, ancient spirits.
Yogi chose #169, “because that is 13 squared and it just popped in my head.” I’m not good at math and wonder if the people from 1000 years ago who left this rock art would have understood a number squared. Numbers are like code to me and so are some of these symbols I saw while hiking at the Nampaweap rock art site in Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument.
Jo chose #10, “the date we leave site next week.” As a volunteer with the Forest Service in 1996 I couldn’t leave to go anywhere with 18 inches of fresh snow at Pine Creek Work Station on the south side of Mount Saint Helens. This was only the beginning and we were snowed in for days then a huge melt occurred followed by flooding and evacuation.
Sherry chose #675. Must be the luck of her draw to keep getting photos from Native American Heritage Days held annually in August at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Havasupai healer Uqualla wove songs, dance and stories sharing traditional and spiritual values. The image is hazy looking due to the smoke from burning sage used to cleanse.
Bibi chose #1492, “the year that Columbus ‘sailed the ocean blue’…and subsequently wrought havoc.” Columbus didn’t see the Southwest but reverberations certainly made it that far. Rainbow Bridge is considered a sacred place to the Navajo and Hopi tribal people and it’s not an easy place to get to by land. I’m sure they weren’t happy when Glen Canyon was flooded creating Lake Powell which makes access to Rainbow Bridge pretty easy by boat. I’m glad for the experience but don’t see myself going there again.
MaryBeth chose #280, “because that’s how many miles it is to the ranch from here.” It’s only three miles from my home to many ranches in Peeples Valley where our nearest fuel station is at the Mini Mart. And it’s the only mural for many miles around, although MaryBeth sees many murals where she’s from.
Diane chose #1499. This Black-bellied Korhann was strutting its stuff in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Elaine chose #2014, “for a good start in the New Year.” I am heading back to South Africa at the start of the New Year and do plan to revisit Tsitsikamma National Park to again watch the waves at sunset.
My choice… This is the bedroom in my 5th-wheel home, which has a slide out. Had water damage so now it has to be torn apart for repairs. Thank goodness the job will be done while I’m traveling in South Africa.
Thank you for joining in Foto Friday Fun. I really enjoy digging through my archives and pulling the stories from my memories. I’m going to try to keep this going while traveling and ask for number choices by the Tuesday following the post. To join in the fun for next week leave a number between 150 and 1500 in a comment and maybe see your chosen image next week.
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