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Basil
04-08-2018, 12:47 AM
Mary and I took a road trip about an hour - hour and a half southeast of our home to visit a couple of pueblo mission ruins. Though I've been here almost 25 years I've never been to these particular ruins. Pictures follow.

Abo Mission:

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NutmegCT
04-08-2018, 07:13 AM
Thanks for posting those great photos. When I first opened the page, I swear I thought paintings. Wow.

There is so much history out there, hidden away, or right in front of our eyes. How'd the people live, where'd they come from, and where'd they go - and why. All great questions that history brings.

Thanks.
Tom M.

DrEntropy
04-08-2018, 08:38 AM
Most amazing. Great shots. Reminds me of seeing my grandfather's Kodachrome shots of Anasazi dwellings as a six-year-old. That's what began my fascination with photography, as well.

Basil
04-08-2018, 10:21 AM
Thanks for posting those great photos. When I first opened the page, I swear I thought paintings. Wow.

There is so much history out there, hidden away, or right in front of our eyes. How'd the people live, where'd they come from, and where'd they go - and why. All great questions that history brings.

Thanks.
Tom M.

Thanks Tom. These places were so remote it's amazing that people thrived here. There are no natural, persistent sources of water here so they used catch basins to catch run off after a hard rain. Here is a satellite view of Gran Quivira from Google Earth.

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Basil
04-08-2018, 10:21 AM
Most amazing. Great shots. Reminds me of seeing my grandfather's Kodachrome shots of Anasazi dwellings as a six-year-old. That's what began my fascination with photography, as well.

Thanks Doc - I miss Kodachrome!

Gliderman8
04-08-2018, 10:28 AM
Great pics indeed. Wonder what life was like when it was a thriving community?
The pics reminded me of the Masada ruins.

Basil
04-08-2018, 11:21 AM
Great pics indeed. Wonder what life was like when it was a thriving community?
The pics reminded me of the Masada ruins.

I imagine life was very hard in those days.

Basil
04-08-2018, 08:37 PM
Here are some additional pictures.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskz22kCY

Gliderman8
04-08-2018, 09:30 PM
Here are some additional pictures.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskz22kCY
Stunning photos... thanks

Basil
04-09-2018, 10:02 AM
Next weekend the Gran Quivira Pueblo is hosting a group of astronomers and I am going out to try my hand at night-sky photography! They normally close at 5PM but on that Saturday they will stay open until 10PM. Gran Quivira is very far away from any lights so the night sky (IF it is clear) should be spectacular!

DrEntropy
04-09-2018, 09:23 PM
Hoping you "good seeing"!

Basil
04-09-2018, 10:06 PM
Hoping you "good seeing"!

I'm praying it is a "starry starry night." The bad news is, the Milky Way is only partially visible this time of year!

Brooklands
04-10-2018, 07:58 AM
I will add that to the list for our next trip to Albuquerque, but the youngest is moving from Cannon AFB to Quantico, so it could be a long time till I get back to your lovely part of the country.

waltesefalcon
04-10-2018, 01:32 PM
I've been to both of those ruins sites. Those are both part of the Salinas National Monument right?

Basil
04-10-2018, 02:02 PM
I've been to both of those ruins sites. Those are both part of the Salinas National Monument right?

That is correct! There is a third site we have not visited yet, Quarai.

NutmegCT
04-11-2018, 06:42 AM
If I lived in your neck o' the woods, I'd be exploring ruins every chance I could get. That is fascinating.

Do you know about the Red Rock Pass program?

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3848980.pdf

sail
04-11-2018, 10:11 AM
I marked it on my map, thanks for the info and images.

waltesefalcon
04-11-2018, 10:48 AM
"That is correct! There is a third site we have not visited yet, Quarai."

When I was a kid I was quite obsessed with ruins and my dad took me to a ton of sites in TX, NM, CO, and AR.

Basil
04-11-2018, 11:10 AM
"That is correct! There is a third site we have not visited yet, Quarai."

When I was a kid I was quite obsessed with ruins and my dad took me to a ton of sites in TX, NM, CO, and AR.

You'd have loved Greece!

waltesefalcon
04-11-2018, 04:23 PM
I would have, maybe some day I'll make it out that way.