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    Posted: 16 September 2020 at 06:25
Sunset Crater Volcano National Park Service ( a place very few have heard of) is quite a diverse Monument, which is why I am parsing it into 3 distinct parts. This one is "Wupatki", a grouping of abandoned Indigenous ruins, being preserved by the National Park Service

The 1st of 4 pueblo groupings we are going to visit is Natakihu Pueblo. This grouping I filmed in June on my 1st visit. The rest of the photos are from my July visit

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2 the majority of the pueblo is on top of that hill, and not in good condition and being 106*f I didn't venture to climb





3 I found these artificial park pathways to be disturbing to the ruins and detracted much from the experience, at least for me





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next grouping the Wukoki Pueblo. Rather small but I found attractive
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that folks in the background is the Painted Desert, which sometime I'm going to have to thoroughly explore, or as much as I can



next grouping is the Main Event, but not my favorite: Wupatki Pueblo, the most substantial pueblo. Some of dwellings held up to 100 rooms. The amazing thing is the condition of the pueblo's, knowing they have been abandoned since about 1250.
This was the most difficult shoot for me because it was total backlit. By the time I had got there it was later afternoon. Oh well 🤷‍♂️
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11 w my 70-350mm





12 nearby building blocks





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20 work bench





21 amazing experience, walking around inside these pueblo's freely, maybe once in a lifetime
reflecting on the lives of these ancient people





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23 the backside, not backlit





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Citadel Pueblo; the last and my favorite, because it had very few modern intrusions, no artificial pathways, etc.
probably close resemblance to what it looked like, say 500yrs ago. I Loved it
It was later in the day I think by then the sun was giving it maximum colors. The sky was fiercely blue, the sun was fiercely blazing and the earth's fiercely dry and hot. It was great




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28 Ruins by a dried out gulch w black ominous volcanoes in the background





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35 Their dried up water





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37. THE END


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Wow, that's a lot of photo's.. All of good quality, but many people may find it too much. I like it. #2,3,4,and 5 look rotated. TFS Joseph .
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Interesting ruins indeed, although I have to say that those modern pathway constructions certainly take little of the magic away.
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There was a time when I made it a point to visit sites like this; was at Wupatki probably 25 years ago. Thanks for the excellent images.

The southwest is loaded with sites like this, tho not as large; last estimate I saw was 25000 + and counting. Most are on private land and unexcavated, but a number are on public land and you can visit. Here's a link :
https://www.americansouthwest.net/ancient-ruins.html
My favorite is Chaco Canyon.

Be careful about wandering off trail at any of these places. All of them have been hit hard by artifact theft and the Rangers have little tolerance for people they find poking around where they shouldn't.

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These old ruins are great. Thanks for sharing.
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A stunning set of images, Josef! The choice of this place for living such a long time ago still conveys some magic!

My favorites are #6, #7, #8 and #9 (vistas and zooming, again), #16, #26 and also very fascinating: #37.

But there is one image which is in a different league in terms of composition, use of contrast and color: #24 - wonderful!

Thanks for sharing these images - we here today had temperatures in the 90s - so it was a fitting subject to view! All the best!
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Great set of images Joseph(despite some, most obvious in #10 and 23).
Too many to mention all favourites, but # 1, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 37 are certainly among them.
Thanks for taking us with you on this tour.
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Hi Joseph,

A great documentary series, even given the number of shots you have shown us it is very much a personal history of both your visit and the times of the people long gone now.

I find these places fascinating and I should therefore thank you for the fullness of the series as these 'walk me round' the site in almost exactly the same way as you have shown us. I probably may have taken the same sort of shots as you, but I have to agree with Harald that #24 is the absolute pick of the bunch: the balance between perspective, detail and exposure is spot on and shows us so many facets o the location. I also like the longer shots of the location showing us the more desolate surroundings these lie in - just what brought these people here all those years ago is ever more a question as you look at some of these images.

I'd love to come back over there and 'do' this place (and the other thread locations you've recently shared with us) - it's a rathe fine documentary series and perhaps you should consider a small v]book to be able to thumb through the memories more readily yourself?

Thanks for sharing these and take care.

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I like 24 a lot, but I like 36 a lot as well - in 36 you have good leading lines, strong light and texture.
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Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:

Wow, that's a lot of photo's.. All of good quality, but many people may find it too much. I like it. #2,3,4,and 5 look rotated. TFS Joseph .

Yes Michel, thank you. I seriously ponder that myself, but then I thought, I have these photos and I just kept posting them to do justice to where I was . Some might be interested
You should see how many I didn't post
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Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Interesting ruins indeed, although I have to say that those modern pathway constructions certainly take little of the magic away.

Yes Hezu, I specifically wrote to that point. To do that to these ancient ruins in my mind was a travesty, no matter how well intended
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Originally posted by momech momech wrote:

There was a time when I made it a point to visit sites like this; was at Wupatki probably 25 years ago. Thanks for the excellent images.

Be careful about wandering off trail at any of these places. All of them have been hit hard by artifact theft and the Rangers have little tolerance for people they find poking around where they shouldn't.


Thank you Roy for the wonderful compliment. Glad to hear from another who's been here
My next post is going to be Walnut Canyon, another ruins site but completely different, yet equally remarkable to my mind. I'm wondering if you had the good fortune to visit it also. They are very close to each other (in Western terms) Both are literally minutes from Flagstaff and equally unknown.
I've been there twice also so I have a lot of photos. The stairs down to the center was closed due to covid. I tried to make good use of my new zoom and my trusty Ultra Wide

I went to that site you posted and it was a wealth of information, I had not known. I'm rather new to this. Thanks

The Rangers I came across were very helpful and polite, the few I saw, but I made a point to be as mindful of place as I could be. I don't think I touched anything, not one brick.
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Thank You, much Winston    
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

A stunning set of images, Josef! The choice of this place for living such a long time ago still conveys some magic!

My favorites are #6, #7, #8 and #9 (vistas and zooming, again), #16, #26 and also very fascinating: #37.

But there is one image which is in a different league in terms of composition, use of contrast and color: #24 - wonderful!

Thanks for sharing these images All the best!

Thanks Harald
I imagined this might be a, your kind of place. Well, the whole Sunset Park
I really like #6, #7, and #8 also, but I liked being there much better. I'm glad you "got" the significance of #37
I'm going to discuss #24 at the end, being many of you mentioned it
All the Best____Josef


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Thanks for the reminder of a very unusual place that I visited perhaps ten years ago. You have depicted the barren nature of the place. What I was especially surprised by was how far apart the various groupings of structures were/are. I particularly like #33 with the sunlit shaped "arrowhead" on the floor with the brick in the middle of it, Perhaps just cropping a bit off the top to eliminate the bright sky would elevate the image even more.

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