Thoughts of corn back home

This week I’ve been writing a lot about Hopi corn beyond the mesas. And yet, the more I write about Hopi corn in Illinois, the more I think about corn back home. Here’s a scene (depicted in the photo) that one can never replicate in the Midwest, or any other place besides the Hopi mesas of northeastern Arizona.

Hopi Third Mesa Corn, Photograph by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

Sailing Off Point Vicente

I took this photo on Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I wanted to capture the calmness of the ocean and the layers of colors reflecting off the sky and sea. From the shore, the sailboat in the foreground seemed so small and insignificant amidst the ocean’s vastness.

“Sailing Off Point Vicente” – July 2010, Photograph by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

Playing with birds

"Playing with birds" May 2011, Photograph by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

In May of this year, I photographed our cat, Twila, stalking a bird in our yard. Although Twila is a great “mouser,” she tends to be gentle with birds. She plays with them (similar to the way she plays with spiders), and then lets them go. This bird was no exception. Thirty minutes after I took the photo, I saw the bird perched in a nearby tree. No longer interested in playing with the bird, Twila moved on to stalking bigger and better things, including a squirrel. But unlike the birds, squirrels in our neighborhood refuse to play with her. She gets the same response from the raccoons.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

Two years of blogging

When I started beyondthemesas.com in November 2009, I told myself that I would blog for six months. After that, I would reevaluate whether I wanted to continue.

More than two years later, the blog has received 31,612 “hits” and 180 comments. While some bloggers receive this many hits in one week (or one day), I am grateful to know that a handful of people find beyondthemesas.com useful and perhaps even interesting.

At the very least, the blog provides an alternative to the many bizarre websites out there on the Hopi.

The most popular posts continue to be on Hopi runners and photography.  This year, the posts on the Hopi and Navajo water rights issue received a lot of attention.

Many thanks to people back home and those beyond the mesas who dropped by this past year to read my blog. I look forward to another productive year of blogging in 2012.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert