I was in the process of photographing some ancient ruins near Abiquiu, NM when I discovered this skull. I was drawn to the similarity of the cracks in the bone and the cracked earth around it. The light was harsh but it accentuated the harshness of land and created an interesting hard shadow. The sparse plants further enhanced the look and feel of the place. One of the elements that I really like about the image is the small pottery sherd in the lower right hand corner. This area was believed to have been abandoned around 1450 and for all that time the piece of pottery has remained.