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The Glowing Granary

The Glowing Granary

The Glowing Granary

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In about 1250 many ancient Puebloan people began constructing settlements high in the cliffs of southern Utah and northern Arizona —settlements that offered defense and protection. These villages, well preserved by the dry climate and by stone overhangs, led the Anglo explorers who found them in the 1880s to name the absent builders the Cliff Dwellers. Nobody quite knows why during the latter part of  13th century, some cataclysmic event forced the Anasazi to leave their cliff houses and their homeland and to move south and east toward the Rio Grande and the Little Colorado River. The accepted belief is that a series of droughts led to fighting, even cannibalism.

I found this ruin with its roof of tafoni sandstone  particularly photogenic.

The Burn

Roof on Fire!

The Golden Granary

The Golden Granary


LA Gangland Granary

LA Gangland Granary

This ancient Puebloan ruin has no official name, but with its scrawled pictograph on the granary it’s easy to see why it’s been dubbed LA Gangland Granary. A few people are convinced the writing is graffiti and while it is very unusual I’m told it’s definitely original. The granary itself is perhaps not so photogenic, but there’s a certain thrill in finding these places. For a time I became obsessed with discovering and photographing anasazi ruins. Hiking in the southwest – particularly in remote areas – you get the feeling you could walk round any corner and suddenly discover something like this. For me that makes the southwest all the more appealing.

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Poncho House

Poncho House

Poncho House

It was difficult to gain legal access to this ancient Puebloan ruin which is located in southern Utah.  Poncho House was discovered in 1875; abandoned like hundreds of other ruins in the area. It really is a fascinating place, despite being abandoned in the 12th century you can still find remarkable evidence of human occupation.