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These are some photos from my trip to the Southwest this past October.  It's really a good place to go if you like to take pictures, since you can pretty much point the camera in any random direction, snap the shutter, and wind up with an impressive picture.  If you actually put some effort into it, so much the better.  I'm the kind of person that doesn't take many pictures throughout the year, but then I take way too many when I go on vacation.  I had a tendency to do this even before I got a digital camera, but there was always the cost of film and getting it developed to think about, which managed to subdue me a little.  Well, this was my first vacation since I went digital, and in the week-and-a-half I was out there, I managed to take over 1,000 pictures.  Electrons are free, after all!  Yeah.  OK, well that's just great, but now try to pick the best ones out to actually show someone.  So here are a few that aren't necessarily the best ones, but just some that caught my eye as I quickly scanned through the sea of thumbnails.
A series of aligned doorways inside the Pueblo Benito ruins in Chaco Canyon. These ruins were built by the Anasazi indians somewhere between 850 and 1150 A.D.
Chaco Cliff
This is my friend Bill standing on the edge of a cliff several hundred feet above me.
Inside a Kiva
This is the inside of a "Kiva" in the Spruce Treehouse ruin at Mesa Verde. The ancient Anasazi used these circular underground rooms in their religious ceremonies.
Cliff Palace
The Cliff Palace ruin at Mesa Verde is the largest known cliff dwelling.
Mesa Verde Summit
A view from the highest point in Mesa Verde, at somewhere around 8500 feet.
Long and Non-winding Road
This is the road that leads into Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona.
Owl Rock
Yep, it looks like an owl.
East Mitten
One of the two "Mittens" at Monument Valley. They are both impressive looking sandstone buttes nearly 1,000 feet high.

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