Shiprock: Tsé Bitʼaʼí (Rock with Wings): Navajo Nation, San Juan County, NM

Further to the conversation here on mystical, magical and special places.

This photo was taken late in the day in mid October during a road trip to Santa Fe, NM in 2012 to attend a workshop given by Jon Cone and hosted by Don Messec of Making Art Safely. I remember being in awe as we came into sight of this magnificent structure, remember the bite to the air and the total silence, the silence of the desert and wide open spaces as we stood and pondered.

Tsé Bitʼaʼí (Rock with Wings) refers to the legend of the great bird that brought the Navajo from the north to their present lands. It stands about 1,583 feet (482.5 m) above the desert floor and Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level. Located close to the Four Corners region in New Mexico.