Ask The Towers

By Greg Hobbs

Why did the builders build you?

Because the bees led us to the water pockets
And raven played lookout over farmsteads,

See here!  See here! He cried out loud,
Climb down!  Climb down!

Taste the rain a cavern ceiling drips
with lightning from the sky

You can paint upon a water jar.

Every morning, every evening
Sleeping Man is with you,

In the slant the seasons make
and the Ancestors,

When it’s time to plant
and time to harvest.

(in Celebration of the Wright Paleohydrologic Survey Hovenweep National Monument 9/ 27-29/ 2015)

square tower

Square Tower. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Beeline to farmsteads

Beeline to farmsteads. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Water Pocket Rimrock above check dam

Water Pocket Rimrock above check dam. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Raven on Hovenweep Castle

Raven on Hovenweep Castle. Credit: Kyle Wright

Seep line spring

Seep line spring. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Sleeping Ute Mountain to the east of Square Tower Unit

Sleeping Ute Mountain to the east of Square Tower Unit. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Blood Moon Harvest Moon Eclipse Moon over Hovenweep

Blood Moon Harvest Moon Eclipse Moon over Hovenweep. Credit: Kyle Wright

Solstice Panel, Holly Unit

Solstice Panel, Holly Unit. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Julia measuring water droplets

Julia measuring water droplets. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Imagine a water jar

Imagine a water jar. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Square Tower Cistern

Square Tower Cistern. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Kristin Kuckelman

Kristin Kuckelman. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Ken Wright

Ken Wright. Credit: Greg Hobbs

Jurist in Residence

Jurist in Residence. Credit: Kyle Wright

The Wright Paleohydrologic Institute Survey Crew Hovenweep September 2015

The Wright Paleohydrologic Institute Survey Crew Hovenweep September 2015. Credit: Gary Witt

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2 responses to “Ask The Towers

  1. Excellent synopsis of an extraordinary adventure.

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