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Taken 10-May-11
Visitors 17

15 of 27 photos
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Keywords:indians, petroglyphs, rock art
Photo Info

Dimensions3958 x 2798
Original file size7.55 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken10-May-11 21:42
Date modified28-Dec-11 15:15
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelE-PL1
Focal length18 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/400 at f/9
FlashNot fired, auto mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Creative
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Sun Dagger

Sun Dagger

Rising nearly 400 feet above the desert floor in a remote section of ancient Anasazi territory named Chaco Canyon stands an imposing natural structure called Fajada Butte. Along a narrrow ledge near the top of the butte is a sacred Native American site given the name Sun Dagger that a thousand years ago revealed the changing seasons to Anasazi astronomers. After the ancient people abandoned the canyon for unknown reasons 700 years ago the sun dagger's secret remained hidden except to a special few. In 1977 it was inadvertently "rediscovered" when known or suspected rock art and petroglyphs on the butte were being studied and cataloged.