Captain of Shadows

Captain of Shadows

Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: El Capitan, also called Agathla by the Navajo people, is a peak south of Monument Valley, AZ, and over 1,500 ft (457 m) high. It's a few miles north of Kayenta and is visible from State Highway 163. 'Agathla' is derived from the Navajo Indian (native) word 'ag - ha - la' meaning 'much wool,' apparently for the fur of antelope and deer accumulating on the rock. It's considered SACRED by the Navajo. El Capitan is an eroded volcanic plug consisting of volcanic breccia cut by dikes of an unusual igneious rock called minette. It's one of the many such volcanic diatremes that are found in Navajo "Nation" of northeast AZ and northwest New Mexico. El Capitan and Shiprock (in New Mexico) are the most prominent. These rocks are part of the Navajo Volcanic Field, in the southern Colorado Plateau. Ages of these minettes and associated igneous rocks cluster near 25 million years. Speaking of "clustering," time seems to be slipping away from me. There's many Native American legends associated with AZ's El Capitan that can be resourced on the Web. Though seemingly sparse, this area has a wide assortment of vegetation, including Juniper, yucca, Russian thistle (Tumbleweed) and Navajo Tea to name a few. The "Navajo Nation" is currently the largest (reservation) in the United States. Much of the endemic vegetation is still used by Navajos for medicinal purposes, and as dyes for their world-famous hand woven rugs. This is a land of ancient tribal traditions, tranquility, and endless (shifting) shadows. April 26, 2009
on Apr 29, 2009 1:56 pm
Image Type(s): Hiking,  Flora,  Informational,  Scenery
Image ID: 509962


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adventurepk - Jun 3, 2009 5:40 am - Voted 10/10

nice shot

wow beautiful...


lcarreau - Jun 3, 2009 1:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: nice shot

Thanks for your kind word!

I've only touched the surface as far as
depicting the beauty found on the face of the
planet Earth.

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