A photograph by Alazanto, Kevin Davis, our son
a photograph by Sonja Bingen
a photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis
While Sonja, our daughter, and William, our grandson, visited in New Mexico, we went up a canyon not far from our house in Continental Divide. Both Sonja and Ethel took photos as we drove up the canyon, stopping at different times on the way. The light was perfect, resulting in some spectacular work by both photographers. Sonja and William, after this photo was taken, hiked to the red cliffs that rose above them in the sunlight.
a photograph by Alazanto, Kevin Davis, our son
Note: Taken on November 18, 2007. Kevin’s comment, “This little cactus was hiding under a rock out in El Malpais.” The El Malpais is a volcanic area where massive lava flows have created a wild, difficult terrain. Not far from Continental Divide, we went for a memorable hike into the El Malpais in 2007, during which this photograph as taken.
a photo essay by Sonja Bingen, our daughter
Note: One of Joe’s favorite times of the year is a fireworks display held in May in Burlington, Wisconsin. His severe autism seems to disappear as his eyes grow round and he smiles at explosions of light in the sky. His brother Will likes the fireworks just as much.
We have, over the life of fourwindowspress.com, presented poetry and essays about Continental Divide, New Mexico. It is a small place off Interstate 40 to the east of Gallup. The area has a variety of races and tribes, Navajo, Pueblo (especially Zuni and Acoma), Hispanics, people from the Middle East, and Anglos. The majority of the population are Native Americans. This photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis is taken just on the other side of the fence around our house looking southwest–more west than south, at sunset. You can see the Zuni Mountains behind the rabbit brush, sagebrush, juniper, cedar, and piñon trees. There are about 360,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Zuni Mountains. What you cannot see in the photograph are the elk, mule deer, jack rabbits, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, bobcats, lynx, black bears, grizzly bears, cattle, horses, coyotes, and dogs that sometimes make noises in the night that get our two wonderful dogs, Pax and Juneau, barking. This is only one angle from our house. The forest is thicker if you swing the camera lens just a little bit. From our second story you can see the red cliffs to the north and Mount Taylor, the area’s towering mountain rich in Navajo and Pueblo beliefs, to the east. We live in a wild, rural place that presents some challenges–we are sometimes without electricity or water for a day, but that also causes tourists to stop and get out their cameras.
Photograph by Ethel Mortenson Davis