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This is the Guadalupe Mesa on the edge of the Cabezon Wilderness Area, approximately 30 miles off New Mexico highway 550, between San Ysidro and Cuba, NM. Atop this mesa lie the ruins of a Chacoan Outlier community that was established sometime between 800 – 1000 AD. Outlier communities are believed to have been under the sphere of influence of the Chacoan civilization headquartered at Chaco Canyon. According to conventional wisdom, the folks who lived here would have paid crop taxes to the Chacoan aristocracy in Chaco Canyon, and would have traveled to Chaco for important ceremonies and feasts during the equinox and solstice. Guadalupe Mesa is in the Rio Puerco Valley, which is notable for the many volcanic necks located here. In this photo, the darker patch of rock near the crest of the hill is of volcanic origin. Pentax K20D, 1/25 @ F18, ISO 200.


  • ibchick
    ibchickalmost 6 years ago

    Reallly solid image! Composition is great and you conversion is pretty striking. Good work, BH.

  • Thanks, Carl. I appreciate the comments!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Optimalxpozure
    Optimalxpozurealmost 6 years ago

    Great work.

  • Thank you!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • mikebov
    mikebovalmost 6 years ago

    Simply a fave

  • Thanks, Mike!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • CynLynn
    CynLynnalmost 6 years ago

    AAHHH, beautiful! super work!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • B Spencer
    B Spencerover 5 years ago

    Fantastic – One of your best.

  • Thanks, Brian. I think I like your shot better! Was it taken with one of your film cameras?

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • JillianB-Smith
    JillianB-Smithover 5 years ago

    Great shot, love the black and white

  • Thanks, Jillian!

    – Mitchell Tillison

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