Wayne Pinkston

Wayne Pinkston (@wayne_pinkston)

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Looking down on the ruins of the Ancient Puebloan Great House named Kin Kletso in Chaco Cayon, from the adjacent cliff. No. 16 in an on-going series on the Ancient Puebloans, most commonly called the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. You need a Special Use Permit and must be accompanied by a ranger to go here at night.

Looking down on the ruins of the Ancient Puebloan Great House named Kin Kletso in Chaco Cayon, from the adjacent cliff. No. 16 in an on-going series on the Ancient Puebloans, most commonly called the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. You need a Special Use Permit and must be accompanied by a ranger to go here at night.

The Great Kiva at Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, NM. No. 15 in an on-going series on the Ancient Puebloans, most commonly called the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. These are ruins of the Great Houses of the Ancient Puebloan People dating back to the 11 century C.E. You need a Special Use Permit (SUP), and must be accompanied by a ranger to go there at night.

The Great Kiva at Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, NM. No. 15 in an on-going series on the Ancient Puebloans, most commonly called the Ancestral Puebloans or Anasazi. These are ruins of the Great Houses of the Ancient Puebloan People dating back to the 11 century C.E. You need a Special Use Permit (SUP), and must be accompanied by a ranger to go there at night.

Bryce Canyon National Park. Panorama. One set of photos for the sky, and another set of long exposure images for the foreground from the same location. Sky was photographed first before the Milky Way got to high. After the sky was captured I could capture the foreground with multiple long exposures at my leisure. I also had to wait until people stopped running around with flashlights. This part took another 120 minutes or so. __________________________________________ The foreground was a fun challenge.There was a sign in the way partially blocking the central foreground, and some guard rails that got in the way on the far right side. I started with a foreground pano on the left, shooting under the sign from the left side. Then I moved the tripod to the right and repeated the pano shooting under the right side of the sign from the right. I then moved the tripod 3 meters more to the right and repeated the pano from there to avoid the guard rails on the right.  ___________________________________________  I figured I might possibly be able to put these 3 foreground panos together manually in Photoshop to make a coherent foreground image. Anyway, I thought maybe I would just load all the photos together in Lightroom into the panorama function and see what happens. To may surprise the Lightroom pano program stitched all 3 panos together without blinking an eye. I couldn’t believe it. I had 3 smaller foreground panos from 3 close but different tripod locations and the program put them together seamlessly without the sign in the way, and properly proportioned as well. It’s amazing how sophisticated the pano programs have gotten. ___________________________________________ BTW, looking down on Bryce Canyon from the rim is like looking down on a giant geode of the earth. Can you see the small footpaths winding down into the canyon on each side? These are part of the Navajo Trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park. Panorama. One set of photos for the sky, and another set of long exposure images for the foreground from the same location. Sky was photographed first before the Milky Way got to high. After the sky was captured I could capture the foreground with multiple long exposures at my leisure. I also had to wait until people stopped running around with flashlights. This part took another 120 minutes or so. __________________________________________ The foreground was a fun challenge.There was a sign in the way partially blocking the central foreground, and some guard rails that got in the way on the far right side. I started with a foreground pano on the left, shooting under the sign from the left side. Then I moved the tripod to the right and repeated the pano shooting under the right side of the sign from the right. I then moved the tripod 3 meters more to the right and repeated the pano from there to avoid the guard rails on the right. ___________________________________________ I figured I might possibly be able to put these 3 foreground panos together manually in Photoshop to make a coherent foreground image. Anyway, I thought maybe I would just load all the photos together in Lightroom into the panorama function and see what happens. To may surprise the Lightroom pano program stitched all 3 panos together without blinking an eye. I couldn’t believe it. I had 3 smaller foreground panos from 3 close but different tripod locations and the program put them together seamlessly without the sign in the way, and properly proportioned as well. It’s amazing how sophisticated the pano programs have gotten. ___________________________________________ BTW, looking down on Bryce Canyon from the rim is like looking down on a giant geode of the earth. Can you see the small footpaths winding down into the canyon on each side? These are part of the Navajo Trail.

On Hunt’s Mesa looking down on Monument Valley at night. This spot is on the Navajo Nation and you need a guide to go there. For an excellent guide contact @quanah_photography . Thanks Quanah! It’s a fabulous view looking down on Monument Valley during the night or day. This is a panorama. There is a lot going on in the sky on this photo. The moon is on the left, illuminating the valley. There are clouds, airglow, and light pollution. In addition there is a wildfire on the horizon illuminating the clouds and just to top it off there is lightning in the same direction as the wildfire. This all makes for a colorful sky. Cheers, Wayne

On Hunt’s Mesa looking down on Monument Valley at night. This spot is on the Navajo Nation and you need a guide to go there. For an excellent guide contact @quanah_photography . Thanks Quanah! It’s a fabulous view looking down on Monument Valley during the night or day. This is a panorama. There is a lot going on in the sky on this photo. The moon is on the left, illuminating the valley. There are clouds, airglow, and light pollution. In addition there is a wildfire on the horizon illuminating the clouds and just to top it off there is lightning in the same direction as the wildfire. This all makes for a colorful sky. Cheers, Wayne

The towering hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Panorama. Low Level Lighting used with 2 Ceneriod light panels.

The towering hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. Panorama. Low Level Lighting used with 2 Ceneriod light panels.

Dobie, the House Elf. 🤓 Well, it looks like Doby to me, lol. If you don’t know who Doby is, well there’s no point in explaining. Maybe I’m loco 🤪, or maybe I’m easily amused, but I see things in the landscape. Erosion creates fabulous sculptures throughout the world, but there is a plethora in the SW USA.  ___________________________________________  This has been a busy year. I’m way behind posting last summer’s work and I’ve barely touched this years work. I’m going to make an effort to get active on IG again, after slacking off recently.  ___________________________________________ This is a stacked image with additional focus stacking, 8 images for the sky and another 8 for the foreground. Lots of light pollution from a large city made this a little difficult. Cheers, Wayne

Dobie, the House Elf. 🤓 Well, it looks like Doby to me, lol. If you don’t know who Doby is, well there’s no point in explaining. Maybe I’m loco 🤪, or maybe I’m easily amused, but I see things in the landscape. Erosion creates fabulous sculptures throughout the world, but there is a plethora in the SW USA. ___________________________________________ This has been a busy year. I’m way behind posting last summer’s work and I’ve barely touched this years work. I’m going to make an effort to get active on IG again, after slacking off recently. ___________________________________________ This is a stacked image with additional focus stacking, 8 images for the sky and another 8 for the foreground. Lots of light pollution from a large city made this a little difficult. Cheers, Wayne

Spiderweb Arch on Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley. This is a re-post. I accidentally deleted it earlier. This fabulous double arch is within the Navajo Nation and you need a Navajo Guide to go there. I can highly recommend Quanah Parker @quanah_photography as a guide and he is an excellent night photographer as well, so he will understand your needs if you desire to do night photography.

Spiderweb Arch on Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley. This is a re-post. I accidentally deleted it earlier. This fabulous double arch is within the Navajo Nation and you need a Navajo Guide to go there. I can highly recommend Quanah Parker @quanah_photography as a guide and he is an excellent night photographer as well, so he will understand your needs if you desire to do night photography.

Swipe left!  __________________________________________. Park Avenue, Wall to Wall: Another location I’ve been wanting to capture is “Park Ave.” in Arches National Park. I’ve wanted to see if I could make an interesting composition in this location. Park Ave. is a trail between large buttes and spires on each side. To include the Milky Way I had to get to the north end of the trail and look south. This is a panorama of approximately 240 degrees, trying to capture the towering walls on each side. I still didn’t capture the feeling of the immense walls on each side, but you can get an idea of the landscape. This is a panorama. The sky was captured at 14 mm, f/2.8, 29 sec., and ISO 4,000. The foreground was captured at 14 mm, f/2.0, 120 sec., and ISO 6400. Images combined in PS. Thanks for looking! Wayne

Swipe left! __________________________________________. Park Avenue, Wall to Wall: Another location I’ve been wanting to capture is “Park Ave.” in Arches National Park. I’ve wanted to see if I could make an interesting composition in this location. Park Ave. is a trail between large buttes and spires on each side. To include the Milky Way I had to get to the north end of the trail and look south. This is a panorama of approximately 240 degrees, trying to capture the towering walls on each side. I still didn’t capture the feeling of the immense walls on each side, but you can get an idea of the landscape. This is a panorama. The sky was captured at 14 mm, f/2.8, 29 sec., and ISO 4,000. The foreground was captured at 14 mm, f/2.0, 120 sec., and ISO 6400. Images combined in PS. Thanks for looking! Wayne

The world doesn’t really need another photo of Delicate Arch, lol, but it took me multiple tries to get a clean image, so I’m posting it anyway. I have been thwarted by clouds, wildfires, and people, and on one occasion when I took friends there I even found that I forgot to put my camera in my backpack! Note to self: If you forget your camera then you might as well forget the tripod as well. 😳 Anyway, the location is so crowded I started dreading going there. This time everyone went home by 1:00 a.m. and I had the location to myself do 1-2 hours until the clouds rolled in. Yeah!!! This is a stack in Starry Landscape Stacker with Low Level Lighting. There is a light panel off to the left and a Goal Zero Micro Lantern under the arch. I think there were about 15 images, 24 mm, f/2.8, 15 sec., ISO 10,000. Thanks for looking!

The world doesn’t really need another photo of Delicate Arch, lol, but it took me multiple tries to get a clean image, so I’m posting it anyway. I have been thwarted by clouds, wildfires, and people, and on one occasion when I took friends there I even found that I forgot to put my camera in my backpack! Note to self: If you forget your camera then you might as well forget the tripod as well. 😳 Anyway, the location is so crowded I started dreading going there. This time everyone went home by 1:00 a.m. and I had the location to myself do 1-2 hours until the clouds rolled in. Yeah!!! This is a stack in Starry Landscape Stacker with Low Level Lighting. There is a light panel off to the left and a Goal Zero Micro Lantern under the arch. I think there were about 15 images, 24 mm, f/2.8, 15 sec., ISO 10,000. Thanks for looking!

Well, this is a little different for me, definitely not the desert, lol. This is a small panorama, clinging to the wall of the cave as the tide came in, just before morning astronomical twilight. I wish I had more time to work the scene, but I was concerned the rising tide would trap me in the cave.  ___________________________________________. In April I had the chance to go to the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand and I was a participant and in a night workshop there. It is a fabulous location for night seascapes. I stayed around for an extra 5 nights and loved the ocean landscape. I just have not had the chance to process any images until now. The island is large, beautiful, lightly inhabited, and a Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is as dark or darker than any place I’ve been. I had a great local guide @darkskysanctuary, thanks so much Carol!!! ___________________________________________  This experience has gotten me wishing to go back for more. So here’s a question: Is there anyone out there who would be interested in a landscape astrophotography workshop on the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand  in April 2020? I’m guessing the cost would be around $3000 USD, including lodging and meals, maybe less. Maybe a lot less, lol. We would rent an entire small Inn and meals would be served there. I’m trying to gage interest. Drop me an email if it sounds interesting to you.

Well, this is a little different for me, definitely not the desert, lol. This is a small panorama, clinging to the wall of the cave as the tide came in, just before morning astronomical twilight. I wish I had more time to work the scene, but I was concerned the rising tide would trap me in the cave. ___________________________________________. In April I had the chance to go to the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand and I was a participant and in a night workshop there. It is a fabulous location for night seascapes. I stayed around for an extra 5 nights and loved the ocean landscape. I just have not had the chance to process any images until now. The island is large, beautiful, lightly inhabited, and a Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is as dark or darker than any place I’ve been. I had a great local guide @darkskysanctuary, thanks so much Carol!!! ___________________________________________ This experience has gotten me wishing to go back for more. So here’s a question: Is there anyone out there who would be interested in a landscape astrophotography workshop on the Great Barrier Island in New Zealand in April 2020? I’m guessing the cost would be around $3000 USD, including lodging and meals, maybe less. Maybe a lot less, lol. We would rent an entire small Inn and meals would be served there. I’m trying to gage interest. Drop me an email if it sounds interesting to you.

The Singularity: Great Sand Dunes National Park. 8 images stacked in SLS. The sand dunes here are huge, and getting across the larger dunes with a backpack of photo gear had me questioning my sanity, lol. Three steps up and 2-2 1/2 sliding back down. I actually got more tired going up the dunes than any mountain I can remember. 😳  ___________________________________________  Anyway I got over the crest of the larger dunes and found this extensive depression between the dunes, like a deep amphitheater. It looked like a black hole was swallowing the earth, so I call it The Singularity.  ___________________________________________  I was concerned that it might be hard to climb out of the depression, and I did not want to create footprints, so I took a small Goal Zero lantern, tied to to some strong fishing line (don’t leave home without it), and used my best baseball throw to launch the light into the depths of the hole. Surprisingly it worked, lighting the cavity from below. Still not sure if it was worth it, but this was the result, like the earth is being swallowed. It’s a little different anyway The glow in the distance is the town of Alamosa, Co.

The Singularity: Great Sand Dunes National Park. 8 images stacked in SLS. The sand dunes here are huge, and getting across the larger dunes with a backpack of photo gear had me questioning my sanity, lol. Three steps up and 2-2 1/2 sliding back down. I actually got more tired going up the dunes than any mountain I can remember. 😳 ___________________________________________ Anyway I got over the crest of the larger dunes and found this extensive depression between the dunes, like a deep amphitheater. It looked like a black hole was swallowing the earth, so I call it The Singularity. ___________________________________________ I was concerned that it might be hard to climb out of the depression, and I did not want to create footprints, so I took a small Goal Zero lantern, tied to to some strong fishing line (don’t leave home without it), and used my best baseball throw to launch the light into the depths of the hole. Surprisingly it worked, lighting the cavity from below. Still not sure if it was worth it, but this was the result, like the earth is being swallowed. It’s a little different anyway The glow in the distance is the town of Alamosa, Co.

It’s like looking through the Eye of a Whale... Panorama, 10 images, Nikon 850, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 12,800.

It’s like looking through the Eye of a Whale... Panorama, 10 images, Nikon 850, 14 mm, f/2.8, 30 sec., ISO 12,800.

Spots available in our Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Worksop July 29-31 and August 1-3, 2019, due to cancellations. Come and join us! If interested please contact me at the email address above: waynepinkstonphoto@gmail.com ______________________________________ Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. These trees are up to and occasionally over 5,000 years old. That means there were growing when the great pyramids were being built in Egypt. It’s a fascinating location, and a location to humble the soul.

Spots available in our Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Worksop July 29-31 and August 1-3, 2019, due to cancellations. Come and join us! If interested please contact me at the email address above: waynepinkstonphoto@gmail.com ______________________________________ Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. These trees are up to and occasionally over 5,000 years old. That means there were growing when the great pyramids were being built in Egypt. It’s a fascinating location, and a location to humble the soul.

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA.  _______________________________________No. 14 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. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. _______________________________________No. 14 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. _______________________________________

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. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in an alcove in the SW US. There is not much of the Milky Way Galaxy on this one, but there are at least 2 others galaxies visible, The Andromeda and Triangulum Galaxies in the Left mid sky. This alcove is a bit different than most. Most alcoves are south facing on purpose, to receive more sun in winter and more shade in summer. This alcove is northeast facing.  _______________________________________No. 12 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. _______________________________________

Ancient Puebloan Ruins in an alcove in the SW US. There is not much of the Milky Way Galaxy on this one, but there are at least 2 others galaxies visible, The Andromeda and Triangulum Galaxies in the Left mid sky. This alcove is a bit different than most. Most alcoves are south facing on purpose, to receive more sun in winter and more shade in summer. This alcove is northeast facing. _______________________________________No. 12 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. _______________________________________

Panorama looking out an alcove containing of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the Southwest US. Circa 1250 C.E. This is a particularly beautiful setting, looking out on a small collection of trees by a small stream cutting through a canyon. Standing in an isolated site like this and looking out at the night sky you can get a glimpse of the world that these ancient people lived in.  _______________________________________ The people preferred to build in south facing alcoves for winter sun and summer shade. This means that you usually look out from the alcove to see the Milky Way. It’s like looking out of a giant window to the stars!  ______________________________________No. 11 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. _______________________________________

Panorama looking out an alcove containing of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the Southwest US. Circa 1250 C.E. This is a particularly beautiful setting, looking out on a small collection of trees by a small stream cutting through a canyon. Standing in an isolated site like this and looking out at the night sky you can get a glimpse of the world that these ancient people lived in. _______________________________________ The people preferred to build in south facing alcoves for winter sun and summer shade. This means that you usually look out from the alcove to see the Milky Way. It’s like looking out of a giant window to the stars! ______________________________________No. 11 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. _______________________________________

Sky gazing in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. Circa 1050 C.E. Note: You need a special use permit from the park to go here at night and you n must be accompanied by a ranger. ______________________________________ No. 10 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. _______________________________________

Sky gazing in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. Circa 1050 C.E. Note: You need a special use permit from the park to go here at night and you n must be accompanied by a ranger. ______________________________________ No. 10 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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