In the early 1900s when cattle rustlers were hiding cattle in the box canyon alongside Kitchen Mesa, they discouraged people from looking there by spreading the rumor that the land was haunted by Evil Spirits. The rustlers gave it the name "Rancho de los Brujos" meaning Ranch of the Witches. Which evolved into "Ghost Ranch". The entry to Ghost Ranch was marked by a cattle skull. In 1936 Arthur Pack bought the ranch and ceased the rustling business and started a visitor one. When famous painter Georgia O' Keefe came looking for the ranch, she used the skull as inspiration for a painting and gave it to Mr. Pack. He used her painting as his logo and it is still popular today.
--- reference: http//ghostranch.org
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Noel_Byrne (22647) 2014-05-04 7:23
One of the things that always strikes me in your gallery is the really cool names places have, once again here, I love the name Ghost Ranch! A beautiful shot too, and I think somewhat deceptive, as I would imagine from looking that this mountain is not particularly big, but looking at the trees on top I see it is. The striations of color through the stone are marvelous to see, and the stones pouring from the top is like icing on a cake. Very nicely composed, and cool note, Cheers!
serp2000 (39238) 2014-05-04 8:05
Impressive picturesque mountain! But I'd like to add more air, more the sky area. I like this so amazing pattern of the rocks. Good presentation of the same famous Santa Fe. Thanks for this interesting note, I like similar stories about the ghosts too.
Romano46 (16586) 2014-05-04 11:13
un'altra delle straordinarie visioni che ci offri dell'America.
Il soggetto è di una bellezza particolarmente suggestiva, i colori straordinari e la composizione esalta queste caratteristiche in maniera oltremodo efficace.
Nitidezza e contrasto impeccabili.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
Silvio1953 (119401) 2014-05-04 12:25
Ciao Ray, fascinating landscape, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Royaldevon (28285) 2014-05-04 15:42
This arid area of USA can boast THE most amazing, terrain colours! It looks like an artist has applied layers of wet paint and then dragged a line through them to merge and pattern the colours. The compact shrubs, in the f/g, give the ultimate contrast in colours and textures.
A very striking landscape, well photographed.
nikkitta (14274) 2014-05-06 14:17
Just read the very informative note that gives meaning at the title
This truly must be one, if not the more colorful place of the world
Like the way you composed it, trees at the top and front
Well done, congrats
I like O Keefe flowers