Oct 7, 2012

Lost Souls

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 Autumn has officially arrived.  My previous home of Las Vegas lacked true seasons, but here in New Mexico, I'm actually experiencing fall in the desert!  I saw some wonderful fall colors along the Animas River in San Juan County, northwestern New Mexico.  Animas means 'soul' in Spanish.  The river was originally named "Rio de las Animas Perdidas", or "River of Lost Souls".  Depending on where you get your information, the story will vary on how the river got it's name.  I decided to tell the French version (which is of course, the most dramatic).



Native Americans living along this river years ago, were in constant threat by Europeans.  Legend has it, they ran out most of the French trappers, but one stayed behind and fathered many children from Native women.  When the Native Chief heard of this, he went on a rampage, finding these children and killing them all - throwing them into the river.  I don't know if this is true, but looking at the Animas on a sunny fall day, you can almost see their souls dancing on the glistening waters. 



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21 comments:

  1. This is one of your best posts Sandy!
    Loved the way you told us the story (I've told you're a good writer!), and the pictures are beautiful! ;-)
    Have a good week!

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  2. Why thank you Lucia. :) I have to give some of the credit to Dori, she helped edit my writing. I appreciate your comment! Always nice to see what you think.:) have a nice week as well. Looking forward to the next shard.;)

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  3. Great pictures but the story is down right depressing! It does go with the name of the river though.

    Great post!

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  4. haha. Well there isn't aways a happy ending.lol Thanks Ron!=)

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  5. It's so lovely there. I hope to get up there one day.

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    1. Me too and we could take pictures of the river walk!:)

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  6. "Rio de las Animas Perdidas". That is fun to say. Like the way the words roll off my tongue! And the meaning makes me think of ghostly tales of fire and brimstone! The French version of the tale with it's drama fits the name well!
    The fall colors are really begining to pop as I see from your pics. Bet you are enjoying seeing the change of seasons! Nice shot of the arbor that covers that neat walking trail. It will be interesting to see that tranquil river next spring when the snow begins to melt in the mountains of Colorado. Imagine it will become a raging,soul sweeping torrent of water!
    Enjoyed reading the Navajo night chant. Still has meaning in todays time!

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    1. You must be good at languages -I have a hard time saying it. I hope this river gets some raging water - it's so low. I hear the winter almanac is predicting a long cold and wet winter. I'm glad you enjoyed the Navajo chant...it was really near seeing it on the river walk trail. I hope you are taking care of that wound!

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  7. Wonderful post, Sandy. I concur with other comments. Great writing, and what a tale that was! Loved your photos too. You have definitely moved to an attractive corner of the United States! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Bonjour Veronique.:) Thanks for the compliment...I have to agree with you- this area is definitely attractive but can you believe it -Im already itching to go to southern France. People keep telling me to visit others countries.

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  8. A sad tale for a lovely place! Lovely shots again.

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    1. You are too sweet RedPat! Thank you .:)

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  9. What a wonderful post - both the text and the photos. Yep, that French version is pretty dramatic!

    I always loved that Navajo chant.

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    1. hank you so much Sonya! I had a feeling you knew about the Navajo chant.;). Hope you're not studying too hard!

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    2. Oops...thank you Sonya. :)

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  10. These photos are beautiful. I think you see beauty in all the places you visit.

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  11. Hi Olga !!! Thank you ...I have missed you.:)

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  12. Hi Sandy,
    So glad I discovered your blog thru Veronique (French girl in Seattle). All your photos are superb!!! I fell in love with them right away.
    I was in Monument Valley some years ago and this will remain forever my greatest memory (along with Petra in Jordan).
    I will follow your blog with sincere pleasure.
    All the best from Florida,
    Anne Touraine

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    1. Hi Anne! Thanks for stopping by.=) I have never been to Petra Jordan...sounds quite awesome. I love to hear that Monument Valley was one of your greatest memory. I'm not the best techy blogger. I'm not sure why you can't follow me...but I will look into it.;) xx

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  13. PS. How can I follow your blog? I don't see any "follow" link?
    Anne T.

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  14. I agree with you absolutely, there are not so many people that could understand you in daily life, you know it's true, so happy to see your post here. rs gold , runescape gold

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