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photoblog image Snowy Sunset Stroll at the Cidadel

Snowy Sunset Stroll at the Cidadel

 

Frank finds his way back to the car after a chilly visit to the Citadel Pueblo at Wupatki National Monument. 

 

Citadel Pueblo is built all across the top of a small hill overlooking the undulating surroundings, which include a limestone sinkhole just to the south. It is unreconstructed so there isn't much to see, just a large pile of fallen stones enclosed by a low wall.

 

In total there are more than 800 identified ruins spread around many miles of desert within Wupatki National Monument.  All the dwellings were built by the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians during the 12th and 13th centuries - the habitation of this region was influenced by the eruption of nearby Sunset Volcano during the winter of 1064-5, as the resulting ash and lava made the surrounding land infertile and so the residents of that region moved further afield into desert areas previously considered too dry and barren.

 

photoblog image 2019 Snow 31.jpg

 

 

Here's the view he had as he waved to me...

 

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Snowy Sunset Stroll at the Cidadel

 

Frank finds his way back to the car after a chilly visit to the Citadel Pueblo at Wupatki National Monument. 

 

Citadel Pueblo is built all across the top of a small hill overlooking the undulating surroundings, which include a limestone sinkhole just to the south. It is unreconstructed so there isn't much to see, just a large pile of fallen stones enclosed by a low wall.

 

In total there are more than 800 identified ruins spread around many miles of desert within Wupatki National Monument.  All the dwellings were built by the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians during the 12th and 13th centuries - the habitation of this region was influenced by the eruption of nearby Sunset Volcano during the winter of 1064-5, as the resulting ash and lava made the surrounding land infertile and so the residents of that region moved further afield into desert areas previously considered too dry and barren.

 

photoblog image 2019 Snow 31.jpg

 

 

Here's the view he had as he waved to me...

 

photoblog image 2019 Snow 30.jpg

comments (22)

I really like this Elizabeth, you cant tell how cold it was though!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank! No - can't see your breath!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Mar 2019, 00:51
Bigfoot makes it special, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed, he does!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2019, 01:27
This looks like a very interesting place. I love the perspective in your first shot. The person gives a sense of the expansiveness.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm afraid I don't always find the ruins incredibly interesting - I think it's the landscape they're set in that fascinates me! Yes - sometimes you need a figure to give some scale!
It's always fun to see what each other saw, Elizabeth, so thanks for the back-n-forth. And I'm especially glad to read about the reason for the move to a new location...that it was because of NATURE, not because of human intervention!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Your comment made me think of that old song... "What did Tennessee, girl.... She saw what Arkansas, boy..." smile
Yes - for a change - white man was not responsible back then...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Mar 2019, 06:19
Is there much archaeology or is this not permitted?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh yes, there has been a lot of archeology done, and now the entire area is a National Monument.
https://www.ancient.eu/Wupatki/
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2019, 06:46
It looks like could be rather cold. It makes you wonder how the Indian tribes coped in such conditions. We are just a bunch of softies now.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Below freezing that day, Alan! But sunny and wonderful!
Good question about the weather- I don't really know - but obviously they did for hundreds of years in this area and those colder environs farther north.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Mar 2019, 06:52
The view is breathtaking as maybe the cold might have been too, Elizabeth. Love the pictures with Frank in them, they make scale. I agree with Alan, did we become softies or is it just a different gene they have...or the DNA that changes over the decades.. hmm that might be a nice study...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh yes! It was below freezing that day - but with bright sunshine before sunset. Thank you, Astrid!
Oh - I don't know about how they coped with the weather. I suspect, like their counterparts farther north, that they wrapped themselves in animal hides- they'd have had elk and antelope, mountain lion, etc...
Des photos vraiment superbes ..merci Elisabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Mar 2019, 06:58
Frank is playing a picturesque bit part in your photography Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - my favorite model smile Thank you, Chris!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Mar 2019, 07:26
I love each image! I can imagine the coldness.
(Sadly, my pc has broken, therefore I cannot reply on your comments on my blog.)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Philine!! It was below freezing that day - but with bright sunshine until sunset...
I'm so sorry about your computer - I hope it perks up soon!
A fine trio of pictures E. Frank does look a bit cold!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Bill! It was below freezing that day!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Mar 2019, 08:17
Some great shots - the top one has a great composition as well
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, kindly, Louis!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Mar 2019, 08:44
An interesting bit of history, thank you.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome, Chad!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 15 Mar 2019, 11:50
Gorgeous sunsets that you've captured here!! Frank was definitely a good sport during this chilly time. Thanks for the background information.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Steven! It was below freezing that day - though we had bright sunshine until sunset!
An interesting set of pictures. What I find fascinating is that there was people there in the 12th and 13th centuries before we Europeans arrived so where did they come from and how did they get there? The same thing goes for the Aborigines in Australia and the Maories in New Zealand, and of course the peoples of Asia, and all having different appearances. The Creation must surely fit in somewhere but I don't think I'm brainy enough to work it all out.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I know what you mean, Brian. My questions start with Genesis.... where did the wives come from... ???
Were you on your own exploring this site, Elizabeth. It looks to be quite deserted? Wonderful set of images!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Pretty much - we rarely encounter very many people, if any, when we come here. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere... smile Thank you, Beverly!
Nature has the final say,
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Always! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2019, 16:15
A lovely collection of pictures, and what interesting history.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Anne!
The wall Frank is standing by is amazingly beautiful. It looks so well kept. it looked almost as good as an Atlantic sunset.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's incredible how much has remained... smile
No doubt he was happy to be back!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I had the engine warming up...
A wonderful eeriness about this shot, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Graeme - appreciate your visit!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 16 Mar 2019, 19:26
such a lovely silhouette

love the soft pastels
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Sherri!

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