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Wukoki Pueblo

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 21 November 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

This is the Wukoki Pueblo at Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. During the spring of this year, I had a couple of hours to check out some interesting sights in the Flagstaff area. I asked the barista at the Starbucks on old Route 66 for some suggestions. She immediately suggested Wupatki National Monument. I went there and ended up spending four hours, including some time at the neighboring Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

At Wupatki, it was Wukoki Pueblo that fired my imagination. This castle in the desert built by early peoples and abandoned for 800 years. I knew I would have to return for some sunset shots.

Part of The Great American West series.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

This is wonderful Steve...superbly composed with lovely color, texture and detail!

21 Nov 2009 5:57am

jpla from st Barthélémy d'Anjou-49, France

Bien vu ! ! Bonne journée.

21 Nov 2009 6:31am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture

21 Nov 2009 7:15am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

It truly IS another world. Beautifully captured. Time really well spent I'd say !!! ;-)

21 Nov 2009 7:55am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like a lot the ambience of this one.

21 Nov 2009 8:01am

kiji from valenciennes, France

colors are great! A very peaceful place :)

21 Nov 2009 9:50am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Thanks for sharing this. It's a remarkable bit of history, of architecture, of human life. And it's beautifully presented here. I can see why you would stay so long.

21 Nov 2009 9:51am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It was a great excursion indeed! Beautiful shot and great detail.
Thanks for your comments of the last days :)

21 Nov 2009 9:57am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

oh yes ! return !

21 Nov 2009 10:03am

zOOm from Paris, France

Wonderful ruins in a majestic landscape. I've visited some of them years ago.

21 Nov 2009 10:09am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

I love how this has moulded itself into the landscape. What a sight.

21 Nov 2009 1:13pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

wonderful image, such beautiful tones!

21 Nov 2009 1:14pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

Thank you for the discovery by the image and the explanations !
Colors are extraordinary !!

21 Nov 2009 2:04pm

k@ from Paris, France

Superb find, I love the tones and the incredible presence of those ruins.... So old and so much "here"...

21 Nov 2009 2:11pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


21 Nov 2009 2:25pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Nice you are back to The Great American West series.

21 Nov 2009 3:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent. That's exactly what it looks like.

21 Nov 2009 3:22pm

Marc L. from France

Ces couleurs entre le rose et le gris sont magnifiques !

21 Nov 2009 4:03pm

Xavi Heredia from Badalona (almost Barcelona), Kazakhstan

This castle seems a prolongation of the desert. Nice capture Steve.

21 Nov 2009 4:35pm

Don from spokane, United States

I like this composition that gives us the desert setting for this very interesting abandoned place. What an amazing history. Fine shot.

21 Nov 2009 4:44pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Abandoned for 800 years ? Incredible looking ! Fantastic shot, Steve . Colors are very unique . I hope to see unique Sunset too very soon :))

21 Nov 2009 7:00pm

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

I'll look forward to this series..a lovely start..just the sort of place I love exploring. A great shot.

21 Nov 2009 7:20pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful photo. Great POV.

21 Nov 2009 11:22pm

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

the reddish rock is so pretty. usually those early dwellings were built along water. but even so, what a difficult life to live in such a rocky, dusty place.

22 Nov 2009 12:01am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Interesting terrain

22 Nov 2009 1:18am

Michael from United Kingdom

It must be a place to stand and absorb and listen, and imagine how life was here. Excellent record Steve.

22 Nov 2009 1:21am

JamesC from portland, United States

excellent composition, fantastic locale

22 Nov 2009 6:25am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is incredible and the epitome of the 'wild west'! One can feel the dry air, and smell the sage...bravo.

22 Nov 2009 3:03pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Your restraint does justice to the subject. best...jerry

23 Nov 2009 12:45am

Diana from United States

well done

23 Nov 2009 5:04am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful colors -- beautiful terrain!

23 Nov 2009 5:37pm