All I had to do was to turn around to take this shot of the Fajada Butte.
I can't think of anything more appropriate to post for this week's Shadow Shot Sunday since it occurs on the summer solstice in this region of the world.
Fajada, in Spanish, means belted or banded. This refers to the black seam or layer of lignite coal exposed midway up the butte.
Many of you have probably never heard of Chaco Canyon except in the references I've made to it in past posts. It is a State Park here in New Mexico. It preserves what is left of an ancient civilization, The Chacoans. You can find out more about the Chacoans and this ancient site here.
There is a 'movie'/DVD production made about the mystery of the Chaco Canyon because scientists somewhere along the line started to unravel what looked like a very complex site that aligned with astronomical occurrences, such as the solstice and equinox. Initially, it seemed that the astronomical observation point was limited to this butte. Over time, a research team revealed that the entire site marks different occurrences. The geographical area that this center spans is extensive. The Fajada Butte has three rock slabs on the top of it slanted just so. It captures a dagger of sunlight on a spiral drawing on the day of the summer and winter solstice. You can find out more about this at the site called The Solstice Project. The section with all the relevant info on this butte can be found here.
This is from the sign that faces the butte. I've included it so that you can see just where on this butte the site is that marks the solstice events.
I do hope that you take the time to check out the links I've provided. There are no repeat links on this page. Every single link is different (to assist you in this info treasure hunt!). It really befits our meme for today.
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse by stopping by to see what others have posted!