Recently Bosque Bill and I decided to go for a walk in Rinconada Canyon in Petroglyph National Monument. It was a beautiful day, although not particularly filled with birds. The petroglyphs, however, are spectacular.
The path that we took runs along the edge of the volcano escarpment.
The landscape is very rugged.
Looking to the east you can see Albuquerque, and even farther to the east you can see the Sandia Mountains.
The scenery is striking, but it is the petroglyphs, images made by native people by pecking or chipping pictures into the rock, that are the main attraction.
This one looks like an alien. Perhaps he got lost on the way to Roswell.
An interesting Petroglyph grouping featuring a snake.
These grazing sheep or goats don’t seem to notice the snake.
This impressive fellow was likely carved by a later resident of the area.
Is this snake attacking a person?
This coyote seems a bit outmatched.
I like the way this face is made on two sides of the rock.
We saw petroglyph birds…
… and a few real birds too, although most were too far away for good photos.
Petroglyph National Monument includes volcanoes, archeological sites and thousands of carved images. It is a fascinating place.