Over a week ago I had the thrill of visiting Three Rivers Petroglyph site with local artist Margaret Berrier who has a long term passion for petroglyphs and a stunning art practice based around their forms. Margaret has travelled many parts of the world, including parts of Australia, to visit art sites and fingers crossed we’ll see her in Oz again.
The written info about the site says it all better than I can:
More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. Most of the petroglyphs here decorate a long, basalt ridge rising from the upper Tularosa Basin at the base of the Sacramento Mountains.
Margaret invited the inimitable Peg Brown who we all met through the WBHDI project. We ‘oohed’ and ‘aaaahed’ through the tiniest section of the site over a period of about 4 hours as our guide let us ‘discover’ little gems on (what seemed like) every surface. As the sun started to beat down Margaret keenly observed that I had gone completely numb in the brain and we should saunter back to the car.
En route to the car we saw the most stunning formation in the sky, apparently called an Ice Crystal Rainbow or Fire Rainbow, which brought about a lot more ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaaaaghing’. It was a great day and if anyone sees any jewellery they like on Margaret’s site, I’m going shopping VERY soon, let me know!