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Who knows how hold this gnarly old Juniper Tree is. Standing alone, by itself, it obviously has been exposed to both weather, time and history. I considered it to be a beautiful abstract piece of art, full of personality and beautifully whittled away as each year passes by. It’s almost as if the rocky land and soil have ascended up into the tree. If only it could tell stories of the days when it was occupied with both Utes and Navahos, long before the white man came. For that matter it was occupied by Native Americans 10,000 years ago.
◾Colorado National Monument (locally referred to as The Monument) is a part of the National Park Service near the city of Grand Junction, Colorado. Spectacular canyons cut deep into sandstone and even granite–gneiss–schist rock formations, in some areas. This is an area of desert land high on the Colorado Plateau, with pinion and juniper forests on the plateau. The park hosts a wide range of wildlife, including red-tailed hawks and golden eagles, ravens, jays, desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions and coyotes.3 Activities include hiking, horseback riding, road bicycling, and scenic drives; a visitor center on the west side contains a natural history museum and gift shop. There are magnificent views from trails and the Rim Rock Drive, which winds along the plateau. Nearby are the Book Cliffs, and the largest flat-topped mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa.
This is dedicated to the Utes and Navahos who once freely roamed this land.
This photograph was taken at Colorado Monument, in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA with a Canon XT equipped with a 75-300mm zoom and processed with HDR.
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