Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument - Gran Quivira

Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument – Gran Quivira (click to enlarge)

After stopping at the Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument in Mountainair NM, you drive to the three pueblo sites.  Because of time and where I was headed (Santa Fe) I only had time to visit two of the three sites.  This is a detail image from the Gran Quivira site.

This image shows a series of stone walls taken from the east side of what the park brochure calls the later church. I composed this image from a low angle so that the five walls overlapped each other to form what, at first glance, looks to be a single wall.

On this day I had the usual clear blue skies common throughout my New Mexico road trip.  As a result, I did not bother shooting above the horizon.  Being grayish, the color of the stones did not really add to the composition.  I used  Silver Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection (free!) to convert the image to black and white.  Converting the image to black and white places the emphasis on the repeating patterns formed by the rocks and the walls.

Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument – Gran Quivira: N34 15 34.27 W106 05 31.75