apache tears

these little pieces of translucent obsidian rock pepper the trails in tent rocks national monument near santa fe, new mexico.  symbolically, they are the tears of apache widows, mourning the losses in a massacre of their warrior husbands.  as their tears hit the ground, they turned into these stones. well, if that’s the symbolism, i’m not sure i need to know the precise geological reality.

obsidian (volcanic black glass)

santa fe, new mexico

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