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Hi-ā-tus.  Comes from the Latin hiare, to gape.  I wonder if that is connected to the fact that the “ah” sound is when the mouth opens widest.  The “a” turned long in hiatus, a word which first appeared in 1563, according to the OED.

I’ve had a number of gaps in my blogging in the past year, because other things got in the way.  Unscheduled interruptions.  I am now taking an intentional break.  I’m heading east and attending my college reunion.  I won’t have my laptop there.

My garden is sending me off with some healthy looking flowers.  The pansies have given me color all winter and haven’t quit yet.P1000508

These yellow daisy-like flowers are called Chocolate Flower.  Supposedly they smell like chocolate if you brush past them early in the morning.  I’ve never caught the scent.  Maybe it’s not dark chocolate.P1000506

I plan to be back in action about June 1, with pictures, I hope, from past and upcoming travels.  And the new thoughts that being in a new place sometimes brings.


Sunrise, Sunset


Laurie Smith has a stunning sunrise on his blog this week. https://laurie27wsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/fire-in-the-sky-at-the-writers-room/  It makes me think about how the setting of one’s house favors either sunset or sunrise, but rarely both.  We have sunrise over the mountains here. He gets lots of sunsets.  To get the picture, he had to look back over his house.

Now and then there’s a sunset here that brings a lot of color to the clouds in the east, as in this photo I took recently.

Sunset in the East

Sunset in the East

Laurie is a better photographer than I am, and the area around his Writers Room, located somewhere in Australia, has animals as well as plants to see.  Have a look at his blog.

More Petroglyphs

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More pictures from my visit to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, now that I’ve had time to sort them out a bit.  First a close up of the rock ridge.   469 rocksMany of the figures stand alone, but in some cases the drawings overlap.  What is the meaning of these animals which seem to have invaded a house?  454 house animalsVarious zigzag patterns can be found.457 house mazeThat picture reveals the inexperience of the photographer, who does not always remember to check for her shadow!

The ridge is isolated.  To the west is the Tularosa basin, which is mostly the property of the army: White Sands Missile Range.  To the east is a plain before the Sacramento mountains, which had snow at the top. 463 mountainsI could only find one example of a sign well known beyond the local community: the thunderbird.466 thunderbirdThere were circles on many different kinds and complexities.472 circlesThe picture above gives a good example of the stone, dark on the outside, not on the inside.  Sometimes the different images are crowded together.  These seem to have been in a prime location.464 manyNot many flowers were in bloom, but I did find one clump in a protected area.473 flowerOn the was back to the highway I was stopped by a passing train.P1000476There are a lot of grade crossings in New Mexico.  I was stopped a second time on my way north to Albuquerque.  That’s one result of staying off the Interstate.  The rest of the world is still at work while I take a holiday.



The calendar says we are just half way through spring.  The temperature says we are fast approaching summer, a season too hot for me to enjoy much hiking.P1000448So I took advantage of one of my trips north for readings to stop at one of my favorite New Mexico sites: Three Rivers Petroglyphs.P1000467The petroglyphs are crowded on a small, narrow ridge, an outcrop of dark rock.  P1000461The scratched signs are many and varied.  I haven’t researched them.  Some are obvious, others less so.P1000454

On this trip, I didn’t bother with the explanatory booklet.  I just took pictures.  Lots of pictures; enough to share more another time.  Three Rivers is located on U.S. 54, north of Alamogordo and south of Carrizozo.