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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Remastering Pictographs at Buckhorn Draw

Sometimes we find pictographs that we know are incredible, but because of time, intentional defacing or other, we just can't seem to make out the image. I have been doing this for a long time, I have learned ways to pull the image out so as to recreate the image for study. However one such site in Buckhorn Draw has long stumped me, for what ever reasons I just couldn't see what needed to be, and this Image is the following. 

The near finished but unverified illusive image.

Thanks to everything I have learned, tested or tried over the years I think I am close... and Thanks to a recent D Stretch donation by Jerry Grimsley... and my recent download of DStretch, I think we're about there.... Here is the process using just a cell phone camera, computer and program skills... This panel is from Buckhorn Draw. All I had at the time was a phone camera...

The old familiar panel of Buckhorn Draw, but have you ever actually seen it?

Some years ago a disgruntled employee decided to through battery acid all over this panel if I am not mistaken, this being the main target... severe bleeding was the result and as a result, it is very difficult to get a good picture for study, or to even make it out in person.

First I breath a little life into the photo with a small amount of hue and saturation... but not to much, and some color reduction, blue in this case. Then while editing I convert it back and forth to help me see things better... sometimes it helps and sometimes not... this is all before DStretch ever came about... and it is a remarkable tool but I am just learning to use it... 

Then the pain staking process begins in eliminating the areas of bleeding that are clear... The dark images on the left were brought over from a another previous image. Look at the center image and you can see the results of cleaning or eliminating the excessive red or bleeding from obvious areas..

Until DStretch, defining the boundaries of the images is something that could only be done at the site and careful observation and sketching. We will likely never know if there was a pattern of sort existing in the body of the images... By the way, the main figures are about 6 foot tall...

Slow but sure the process continues... An Image this bad use to take me months to do, with several trips to the site.

Finally we near the end, although this image is not yet complete, I hope to find verification in some old photos I may receive very soon. Otherwise this image cannot be verified. Although I am very confident of MOST of the results, we cannot yet be sure.

Now thanks to DStretch we can at least eliminate several return trips, I still don't understand exactly how it works but for the most part it helps to see what cannot be seen freely.

DStretch Image donated by Jerry Grimsley (Thank You!)

One of my first DStretch Images

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Banditos Cache sites in Mexico

I have been very fortunate in my research in Mexico, especially concerning the Banditios of 1600 to 1800. The problem I have is ... getting there... Some years after recieving certain key documents of thee largest cache in the state of Durango, I recieved other documents I had never known of... although some of these later documents are well known, the search by many still continues to this day. Recently I have resolved another site, the story of this site is well known among my treasure hunting friends of Mexico, the key to unraveling the mystery of where the treasure lies, was in the unique document held by only a few, and the ability to find the place names in the documents.

Now I have a question... I know I am not going to make it down to Mexico, even though the Banditos Captains who wrote their own story, are very explicit in their instructions, unlike the mysterious Spanish cache sites in the North. Because of their perfect instructions, (If you know the place names and where they are) we are able to identify EXACTLY the location of said documents.

My question is... In an effort to make something happen... anything... and assuming I am correct in my assessment, If I offered to give the GPS coordinates to this particular story, and all the details of The Captain Iberio Cache, how many of you would want the coordinates for the purpose of going after this estimated 100 Million dollar cache?

For my Mexico freinds I include the text of the document...
(The Text of the document is original, the image is not)

He sido muy afortunado con mi investigación en México, sobre todo en relación con la de Bandidos de 1600 a 1800. El problema que tengo es... llegar ahí,  transportarme al sitio ... Algunos años después de recibir ciertos documentos clave de 3 de los mayores sitios de tesoros en el estado de Durango, que recibí de otros documentos de los cuales no tenia noticia... aunque algunos de estos documentos posteriores son bien conocidos, la búsqueda por muchos aún continúa hasta nuestros días. Recientemente he resuelto otro sitio, la historia de este lugar es muy conocida entre mis amigos buscatesoros de México, la clave para desentrañar el misterio de dónde está el tesoro, se encontraba en el documento único en poder de unos pocos, y la capacidad de encontrar los nombres de los lugares en los documentos.

Ahora tengo una pregunta ... Sé que no voy a ir a México, a pesar de que los Bandidos capitanes que escribieron su propia historia, son muy explícitos en sus instrucciones, a diferencia de los sitios de tesoros españoles misteriosos en el Norte. Debido a que las instrucciones eran perfectas, (Si se conocen los nombres de lugares y dónde están) somos capaces de identificar con exactitud la ubicación descrita en dichos documentos.

Mi pregunta es ... En un esfuerzo por hacer que algo suceda ... algo positivo ... y suponiendo que estoy en lo correcto en mi evaluación, Si me ofreciera a dar las coordenadas GPS de esta historia en particular, y todos los detalles del Tesoro del Capitán Iberio, ¿Cuántos de ustedes querrían las coordenadas para  ir a buscar este Tesoro con valor estimado de 100 millones de dólares?

Para mis amigos México incluyo el texto del documento...

(El texto del documento es original, la imagen no lo es)

English Translation Of the document...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Buck Horn Draw, Digital Remaster # 2

A few more images from Buck Horn Draw




Before Remastering
Size campare, My little Man Karson is almost 5 foot tall
the glyph is about 2 1/2' high

Buck Horn Draw, Digital Remaster

Here are some long overdue digital remastered images from Buck Horn Draw.

After Digital Remastering


A few more images from Buck Horn Draw




Before Remastering
Size campare, My little Man Karson is almost 5 foot tall
the glyph is about 2 1/2' high

Friday, October 16, 2015

Buck Camp

A good friend of mine spotted this one some years ago from the old dirt road down in South Ouray...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pictographs of Idaho

A very unique and virtually unknown site nestled away somewhere in Idaho, I hope to get to this site sometime in the near future for study. Photos Courtesy of .... Cynthia...

If anyone viewing these photos is familiar with this site, please DO NOT publically disclose the location.

Thank You

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Captain Iberio Cache

Here is some irony for you... struggling every day to put food on the table, and at the same time...
Knowing, EXACTLY where this is.... Not to mention it will nearly drive you insane.... so close...

English translation...

I, ______ Iberio, captain of the bandits: that I lead from the year 1802 to 1829, I say that when you arrive at “cerro de los ______”, look for a door,  heading towards the “hacienda ______” , and withdrawn from the hill, 415 steps, and has an entrance with a slide on (or in) the hill, this hill is a point that is very well known by all, [or use to be] well, this path is the one I had to enter with the herds that I took, on this “camino de ______”  was one of the ones I looked after, and the road that passes through the large door, that ran wide and “despedrado” ?? that I also looked after, and passing by the “corral de la _______” that has the door towards “porfias” that is now there, we buried 300 Spanish soldiers, as well as the carriers.  …………….

There is a “planadita”, well, you stand where the monument is, facing north, and count 400 steps always facing north, and where the 400 steps take you, there is the corral, it’s in the middle of the plateaus, the pen’s gate is facing north, the ascent to the door is kind of like a slide and to reach the door, it’s high.  Once inside, find on the left-hand side a cave that is covered with red stone, uncover it and there you’ll find a grand treasure, that won’t run out for your entire life because I warn you that there are pure bars and sheets that are there, they are silver, plus 35 cases with gold, but I warn you that the money that is buried on the left side, and the gold is not sealed, and there is a holy Christ on top of where the sheets are entrenched and when removing this treasure, say a mass in my name.   When we left the “brena” heading southbound, the fellow Castrellon and I went back to our homes, he was from Aguascalientes and I from San Luis Potosi.  When I arrived to my home, I saw that my family had died and the following year I remarried and 2 years later I became ill.  Knowing I would never leave my bed, I sent him to talk to my friend Femin Zaragoza to give him the derrotero along with the map.
Taken from the original the 17th of September of the year 1839