Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bandelier National Monument

5.5"x8" sketchbook, Ink and Watercolor
This was a highlight of the trip. We visited Bandelier National Monument, in Frijoles Canyon in the Jemez Mountains, about 55 miles from Santa Fe. It is the home of ancient cliff dwelling Pueblo Indians. A million or so years ago, volcanoes in the area spewed out lava that eventually formed canyons of porous rock, and leaving big "bubbles" . The rock was hard, but one could dig into it with some effort. More than 10,000 years ago, native people inhabited these "bubbles" and enlarged and smoothed out the walls and ceilings. We were able to climb into a couple of the dwellings on rough ladders. Some people also lived in a village on the canyon floor. The buildings in this painting were built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp and now serve as offices, gift shop, and visitor center for the National Park Service

1 comment:

Bonnie Allen said...

This is a lovely watercolor! I'm enjoying looking at your work.