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The Sentinel

The Sentinel
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-01
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-26 4:07
Viewed: 3819
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a rock, sculpted by the elements over thousands of years.
It stood on the side of the trail, overlooking the ancient ruins and cliff dwellings of Tyuonyi Village in Frijoles Canyon, within Bandelier National Monument, on the slopes of Jemez Volcano, in the high deserts of New Mexico.
From the 12th to the 16th century, Ancestral Pueblo Indians (sometimes called the Anasazi) made their lives in that beautiful canyon. I cannot help but think that this rock, steadfast and imperturbable, had been standing there through those centuries, watching over the families that lived below.
I call it "The Sentinel".

See some cliff dwellings.

Frijoles Canyon has been created by Frijoles Creek, eroding through thick deposits of volcanic rock - mainly tuff, which is full of natural cavities - originally air pockets in ash deposits from volcanic eruptions several thousand years ago. These may be several metres in diameter, and were used by the Anasazi peoples between 700 and 450 years ago as the basis of their villages. Selected cavities were enlarged, linked together and augmented to form clusters of dwellings in many places over several miles of this rocky land southeast of the Jemez Mountains. The ash originated from volcanoes at the site of Valle Grande Peak, a few miles to the west.


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I see your point, Manyee.
It is really a very curious rock formation that looks like a piece of ancient sculpture.
Well seen and photographed.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-26 7:34]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot that you have very well captured ! I like the shape of this rock sentinel. Colors, exposure and sharpness are very good.
Bravo mon amie.

Hi ManYee,
Great shot mf, I like it.
Interesting history, perfect title :)
Very good detail, light, color, framing, and a nice POV..
Well done and TFS!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-26 11:15]

Hi Manyee,
Makes me thing of an african statue, with head, shoulders, and sitting on his trone.
Or like the totem poles...
Good sharpness and colours. I also like your cliff dwellings a lot.

Interesting shot Manyee,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. POV is good.
Well composed, good notes and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week

Hi ManYee,

I think it looks like a sculpture of a person! Really cool. I played with a different crop that maybe makes it feel a little more intimate.

That is such an interesting area. In your workshop photo I can see a few of the many holes they reamed out into which they inserted posts horizotally. Using that framework they extended the living area of their cave like homes. It was such fun to actually climb the ladders into the homes.

Evelynn : )

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-07-27 11:37]

another super post, well done

Wonderful shot, Manyee. I like the subject, the lighting, and the background a lot. It's a very beautiful piece of rock. For me, though, I'm not sold on the POV because the foreground plants seem so much larger (obviously an optical illusion) than the rock. I would really like to see the rock seem much larger and tower over everything else -- it would also play a better visual sentinal that way. Anyway, that's just a nit iin an otherwise wonderful photo.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-27 13:36]

Hi Manyee !
This rock formation is splendid, looks like some strange meerkat to me ! :-) POV, composition and colors are truly wonderful, also a beautiful light and a beautiful cloudy sky. Very well done !

La nature nous réserve de jolie surprise.
Bonne journée.

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