Outing to Aztec Ruins and Ansel Adams Exhibit

Masonry wall

Aztec Ruins National Monument and Ansel Adams exhibit outing, March 4

Meet by 8 AM in front of the old Alco store to carpool. Aztec ruins is a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House with over 400 rooms. It has some excellent photographic opportunities along a 0.5 mile self-guided walk. There are lots of great examples of Chacoan style masonry walls, 900-year old timbers, a row of small doorways with a long view through multiple rooms, and a fully reconstructed Great Kiva. There is a $5 entry fee, but if you have a senior pass or other interagency pass, the fee is waived. It will take us about 1 hr 45 min to drive to Aztec, and around 2-2.5 hr to explore and photograph the site, and make a quick pass through their museum. If you plan to photograph inside the Great Kiva, a wide angle lens and tripod are highly recommended, as it is quite dim. We will probably stop somewhere for lunch after visiting Aztec Ruins.

For those of us who wish to see the Ansel Adams exhibit in Farmington, it’s another 20 min or so drive to the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park. The current exhibition is “Ansel Adams Masterworks”, which features 47 works by Adams, including many of his most famous landscapes, architectural studies, and portraits. There is a $5 admission fee for this event. If you plan to go, or have questions, please contact me directly (Andy Butler, abutler@mac.com or 512-581-1470)

Author: fotohiker

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