Friday, 22 September 2017 19:09

As Shadows Spread

For nearly four hundred years the Chacoan culture flourished in the canyon that now bears its name. There, these Ancestral Puebloans fashioned a way of life and a technology not previously seen in that part of North America now known as the United States. The capstone of their construction, Pueblo Bonito, contained more than six hundred rooms and was both grand and great by any definition of the words. To the present-day Puebloan peoples, Pueblo Bonito and Chaco remain a place of the spirits, a place where ancestors arose and thrived. Every stone is sacred to their memory. Several days ago we made certain to be at the Great House an hour before sunset to catch the last rays of the day's light and to watch the shadows spread across the stones and into dusk. I found a location where I could use the lines of two long-ago reduced walls as leads across the ancient structures and into the far wall of the canyon beyond. A focal length of 28mm gave me the angle-of-view I wanted, spanning the entire central section of the pueblo. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/13th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium overall exposure. As the evening wanes the voices of the past arise on the wind. Listen to their story.

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