Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite

Taos Pueblo Cemetary

Taos Pueblo Cemetary

necropolis walls
cradle remains of those gone
mountain life goes on

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30 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    “necropolis walls”—Brilliant.

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  2. Ooooh! I see dead people! How old are those graves? It doesn’t seem like wooden grave markers would hold up to the elements for very long.

    Super cool shot! 🙂

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Good question, Jennifer. I honestly don’t know how old the markers are, but this site became the cemetary for Taos Pueblo after the San Geronimo Church (whose bell tower still stands) was destroyed in 1847 by the U.S. Cavalry. It’s my understanding that the Taos Pueblo people only recently stopped burying their dead here – in the last 10-15 years. So I’d suspect anywhere from 150-10 years old. It is a beautiful and haunting sight.

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  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Between the unique crosses and the bell tower … love it!

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  4. bikerchick57 says:

    I love it – the cemetary is sad and beautiful at the same time.

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  6. vastlycurious.com says:

    Yes death is infinite. Beautiful little cemetery !

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  7. unfetteredbs says:

    Love the blue mist mountains Cathy.. They do seem to go on forever.

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  8. Infinitely big
    The passing of time is seen
    In present and past

    Very cook image, Cathy. Where is this… in Colorado, I know, but where. Are they real graves? What’s the story. I found the photo captivating.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Dawn! And great haiku!

      This is the cemetery in the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. It was the original site of the catholic church of San Geronimo built in the early 1600s. The Pueblo people (The Tiwa) there were forced to convert by Spanish priests and then later in that century, they rose up, ran the Spanish out and burned the church.

      In 1710, those pesky Spaniards came back, rebuilt the church and it stood until 1847 when it was destroyed by U.S. Cavalry in retaliation for the murder of the U.S. provincial Governor Bent. Many elders, women and children were killed during the artillery bombardment as they sought shelter in the church. The bell tower is the only part of the church that remains. After that uprising, the site was used as a cemetery. It’s a very interesting place and there are graves throughout the ruins of the church as well as around it.

      Apparently, the Tiwa built a new cemetery on another part of the Pueblo in the last 10-15 years so they’re no longer burying their departed on this site.

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  11. aileen says:

    Are you there now? We just came back from there and that is one spot we did not get to but will next time. Gorgeous pic. It gives life in a photo of the beauty of the area.

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  13. This image with its saturated colors looks surreal to me and could almost pass for a painting Cathy.

    Note: I did not get this post in my email, so maybe I didn’t follow you again after I unfollowed you to try and re-follow you? Right now it seems like I’m following you again. This should not be that hard, but it seems to be becoming rocket science.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, V. As for the WP notifications, sometimes, they’re just a mystery. For a couple of weeks back in the summer, I didn’t get any notifications at all! Then all-of-a-sudden, they reappeared! Thanks so much for your persistence. It does seem to be rocket science or perhaps poltergeists…

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  15. Professions for PEACE says:

    Wow, this photo and your words are hauntingly beautiful Cathy. I especially adore how you framed this shot, and the pile of crosses in the background, with the lovely rolling mountains behind that. And such a bright and cheery day shining on a somber and reflective place. Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your many talents here. Hugs, Gina

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Gina,
      Thank you so much. This is a special and reflective place. It’s history speaks of violence and love – a strange combination to be sure, but nonetheless true. I so appreciate your feedback, Gina! It means a lot.
      Hugs,
      Cathy

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