Sunday, January 27, 2008

San Lorenzo Canyon

Photograph by Steve Elkins

It was a cool Sunday afternoon in more ways than one. On this day, I joined my friend, Steve Elkins, and others to explore this little known canyon located in the hills north of Socorro, New Mexico, and adjacent to the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Starkly beautiful rock formations towered overhead as we drove into the box canyon. Along the north side of the canyon we located a small cave, which bore evidence of former human occupation in chert flakes and chalcedony. Within the canyon, a veritable maze of small passageways existed, one of which lead to a shaded alcove with a small waterfall in which the surface was frozen on the north facing wall. However, beneath the waterfall, one could see the still liquid water dripping and flowing beneath the surface of the ice. Steve took a video of this as well as another of water running beneath the frozen surface of a tiny streamlet. Check his videos out on his website.

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