"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fajada butte, Chaco Canyon



Morning light, watercolor

Where the Anasazi sun dagger clock is which precisely measured the sun's equinoxes, solstices, and movements of the moon 1,000+ years ago in northwest New Mexico. Then the people vanished, but the Navajo say the ruins of the great masonry houses are not vacant. And they are not, if you have camped there.

That's brewing in my coffee pot

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