Rainbows over Pueblo Bonito

We just back from a quick weekend trip to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. For those of you who are familiar with Ideum, you probably know that we’ve been involved with the park over the last few years, and have developed the website and a book for NASA’s Traditions of the Sun project focusing on archaeoastronomy in Chaco Canyon.

This weekend we were in the park to help photograph a possible lunar alignment, but due to cloud cover, that didn’t quite turn out as we had hoped. However, I was lucky enough to be able to capture a beautiful double rainbow over the great house of Pueblo Bonito.


The park received a great deal of much needed rain just before we arrived and during our stay. It was great to see Chaco wash flowing although we had to cross it (waist deep!) to try for our lunar alignment shot. On the hike back that evening we were treated to an amazing show as an electrical storm raged off to the east.


I hope to post some more photos from Chaco Culture later this week, we’re off to San Francisco tonight. We’re going to photograph Scramble for Africa, an installation by Yinka Shonibare. It’s part of the Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). These photographs will be used in an interactive exhibit we’re developing with the museum.

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