We’re All Ghosts

“We’re all ghosts.
We all carry, inside us,
People who came before us.”
Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas

A perfect day of exploring to share with you. Bar V Bar Ranch on the  Wet Beaver Creek, a calm, peaceful,  and historically rich riparian area that runs as a tributary to the Verde River in Arizona, United States of America. It is one of my favorite areas to spend an afternoon, for the sounds of the creek,  birds, the remnants of ranching, the lizard, rabbits, deer, and snake; the easy green to the eye glimpse of the  pastures and irrigated terraced gardens of seven hundred years ago.  Worthy of Reverence Cottonwood and Sycamore trees;  And  over one thousand pectroglyphs, the oldest thought to date back to around 650 AD.

Petroglyphs are humans expressing themselves by pecking, grounding, and scratching into rock surfaces,  with a harder material creating   symbols, figures, and intricate designs–charming and challenging  the imagination of those who come to spend time with them.

This riparian area, abundant in fertile soil, animals, plants, and water,as well as a moderate climate provided an excellent choice for the Southern Sinagua, the creators of the Pectroglyphs. They  settled into this area around 650 AD, with villages of three to ten families scattered throughout the Verde Valley seemingly thriving between 1150 and 1300. Then,  fluctuations in climate had the Sinaqua consolidating their communities along the perennial creeks and Verde River,  to about fifty pueblos housing 20 to 100 families. By 1400 the entire area was abandoned. It is said that the Sinagua joined the historical Hopi people.

The pectroglyphs of V Bar V number over 1,032, in four main panels, and unique in their style from other Native American Rock Art.  Referred to as the Beaver Creek Style. Water birds, young girls identified by hair whorls, figures walking with back packs, as well as the pairing of many of the figures, indicate the Beaver Creek Style.  66 cupules also appear, deeper circular impressions ground within foot/paw, animals and human like figures. These are thought to be related to calling of rain and fertility rituals.

Ancient calendars, honor of the elements, crop and human migration cycles, rituals, rites, honors, maps, and events. In  truth, it is our own imaginations let loose at the V Bar V, that unveils itself to us in spending time at V Bar V. No one knows what the figures actually meant to the individuals whose ghosts linger in their art and in the very trees, rock,  and creek of V Bar V.  A most engaging ghost story to decipher.  Enjoy!

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Todays Music: West World Strings Cover:

May each and everyone have an excellent month of May. Peace and Blessings.

Do You Suppose She’s A Wildflower?

“Do you suppose She’s a wildflower?”

         ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland          

Earth Day:  Marches for Science is very popular this year, as is Climate Literacy .

Ole Mum could use a good attorney right about now.  The Environmental Defense Fund and  Earth Justice come to mind.

Mother Jones magazine provides an informative checklist to help sort through the maze of which organizations sound too good to be true and are, and what groups are doing good solid work and need support. I am beginning to frequent the The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School   to keep up with the current US Governments hi-jinks with our Mom, and find it easy to navigate and factual, which is very reassuring.

This week’s WordPress Photo theme is Earth, and nothing says earth to me more than a  hardy, resilient desert wildflower.

Lyrid Meteor shower celebrates Earth Day, with North America the best place to view.

My hope is everyone received their invitation, and enjoys  their gift of some  time outside with Mother Earth today.  Peace and Blessings.

#Wordless Wednesday

Signs of Spring

“It’s spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it,
You want—oh,
You don’t quite know what it is
You do want,
But it just fairly
Makes your heart ache,
You want it so!”
― Mark Twain

 

Definitely have a most excellent case of Spring Fever. The pull to be outside embracing the goodness that is Spring. Thought I would share a few favorites from this mornings walk- a -bout. May your weekend be a most excellent one.

Today’s Music: Jerry Garcia & David Crosby- Kids and Dogs

Amid The Noise And Haste

Go placidly amid
The noise and haste,
And remember what peace
There may be in silence.”
Max Ehrman- ‘Desiderata’

 

Peace and Blessings to each and every one.

Today’s Music: Further To Fly – Almaz Yebio Group from the Alblum

“Down To Earth”

To Let Things Feel Normal

“Everyone must resist the urge to let things feel normal, and stand up for individuals, minorities, organizations, and causes that will be under threat during the Trump Administration.’  “John Oliver

Oh the pressure is on:  to shop the holidays to financial ruin;  loudly gnash teeth over USA’s  recent joint political/ governing/ and citizen election debacle;  fret the unsettled global times, engage in a family holiday melodrama, or think too much about how Georgia is both powerful and thriving due to American preference for the lies and misinformation of fake news. And how about that Global Warming!

Excellent reasons and season to choose to continue the binge hiking during  this period before the Winter Solstice.   To spend some time to figure out how best to navigate safely,  with purpose, faith, peace, and good humor  in this world determined to go Tilt Ta Whorl .

Out the door and down the road to visit with an old friend, Hot Loop 94.

The Hot Loop can be a trickster. Important to keep track of  time when together, and keep a visual siting on a few formations and location in relation to them.  A compass essential.  The light leaves early from low between formations,  and cinder-cones. Late Fall through Spring is  the best time of the year to visit.  There are stretches of exposed basalt that heat up, and while it feels great on a winters day to walk your bare skin in the sun, it’s extremely hot in the summer months.  It’s quiet time with the Hot Loop. Saw only one lone cowboy all the day long. Surrounded  with cinder cones, red rock formations, deep washes, Jack’s Canyon, and the top ridge line of the Colorado Plateau above to Horse Mesa.  The narrow trail changes up from stretches of loose black basalt pebbles, thousands of small distractions,  aiming to send hikers sprawling if not mindful of every step. Then rusty red boot sucking  mud in deep forest shadows. An opportunity to hike with entire chapters of  Sedona’s 340 million years of geology.

The surrounding area tempts hikers to leave the trail.  Whether it is the colorful geology laid before the eyes, the sight of a high up there cavern, a first rate Sedona metaphysical vision, the sound of scrub jays,  cattle, or an angle for a photo providing a sweeping panorama for a perfect holiday greeting card….mindful to  remember it’s a clever seduction to stray from the trail being played upon hikers, the trail always the truest,  faithful companion.

 

This time of the year, Just before the Yule. Just before the light returns, and Santa Claus arrives…. is the perfect time to walk the earth, get clear on what and who is important and what my role is and will be going forward. My decades indicate that  both the perception, term, and the reality of this thing we call   ‘normal’ wears a thousand different disguises;  fluid, varied and changing.

May each and everyone enjoy safe, joyous, and peace-filled holidays. I’ll be visiting around with you to catch up over the holidays and return to posting with the New Year.  Peace and Blessings.

Today’s Music: Marvin Gaye : What’s Going On

Interesting Read:  Climate Change Tipping Points Are Not Just Symbolic featured in the Guardian .

Spot on Watch: The Lead: Jake Tapper

Local  AZ organizations doing good environmental work:

Keep Sedona Beautiful

Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Sedona Recycles