Spectacular!!

are the views around the Ghost Ranch, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe.  This area of rocky vistas and broad valleys attracted many noted artists and literati, Georgia O’Keefe among them.  And I can see why.  Here is just a glimpse of what I saw today, to be continued tomorrow.

Red rocks of the Chinle formation near Abiquiu

Red rocks of the Chinle formation near Abiquiu

These banded rocks date to the Triassic period of geologic time, and are chock full of fossils.  Paleontological excavations have unearthed a diverse fauna.  More on that later.

Chimney rock was the goal of our hike today.

Chimney rock was the goal of our hike today.  The spectacular part was the view from the top!

Still climbing...

Still climbing…

It's a long way down!

It’s a long way down!  Almost 1000 feet.

View from Chimney Rock

View from Chimney Rock

3 thoughts on “Spectacular!!

  1. Wow. I had forgotten how beautiful the mountain desert landscape can be (I was stationed in southern Arizona for a few years during my time in the Army). Wonderful captures, Sue.

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