Canyonlands National Park: False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park. This site is now shut down to visitation, apparently due to abuse of the site. Previously this was a fairly common site for photographers due to the magnificent view out of the front of the alcove. Note the hazy in distinct appearance of the sky along the horizon. This is due to a large amount of smoke in the air from wildfires. Low Level Lighting, LLL, was used in the alcove, and also to illuminate the far ridge wall. Single exposure, 14-24 mm lens, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 6400.  _______________________________________No. 13 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park. This site is now shut down to visitation, apparently due to abuse of the site. Previously this was a fairly common site for photographers due to the magnificent view out of the front of the alcove. Note the hazy in distinct appearance of the sky along the horizon. This is due to a large amount of smoke in the air from wildfires. Low Level Lighting, LLL, was used in the alcove, and also to illuminate the far ridge wall. Single exposure, 14-24 mm lens, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 6400. _______________________________________No. 13 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________

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