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Room With A View by Nate-Zeman Room With A View by Nate-Zeman
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This is the False Kiva Ruin. Located in an undisclosed location in a remote section of Canyonlands National Park. You won't find this spot on any map, or in any books. Chances are anyone who's been there won't tell you where it is. The location is kept quiet because of its remote and rugged location. There is no practical way to protect these fragile cultural resources. It's sad to say, but there are always those who don't respect these irreplaceable locations, and have to ruin the fun for everyone else.

This site is called "False Kiva" because many people falsely believe the main round structure to be a ceremonial kiva room. These were actually common shelters for ancestral Puebloan people living in this area around A.D. 1200. A partial excavation in 1986 proved it was only used for daily activities like cooking and sleeping.

This is truly an amazing place to experience. It's the quietest place I've ever been. Standing in this alcove high up in a sheer canyon wall, it's not hard to imagine the people that inhabited this place long ago.

This was a really tricky image to make. I used a circ. polarizer and two stacked grad nd filters to try to even out the exposure.

False Kiva Ruin - Utah

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Patte-De-Nuage Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
The sky is so beautiful!
PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
a wonderful sense of time clay on my hands.
sassybikerchic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulously beautiful. Serene.
Crayligt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Beautifull window, I'd like to go there once !
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you!
spiffy143 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
gasp! Home! My parents live in south east Utah where a lot of this type of scenery can be seen. Now I'm surrounded by concrete. So sad.
Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks like a view in the past... when dinosaurs lived on earth! ^^
PastelPaintPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yeah, I'll be like everyone else and show you a link to a large format shot I've seen before. My bestfriend's ex used to work for this photograph David Brookover out of Jackson Hole Wy. Anyhoo, he created a large format photo of this using three vert. shots and stitching them together.
Milarca Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
How did you find this spot then? I've seen another photo of this same place a while ago and it was panoramic, which was cool, but your is just as awesome. The blue, clouds, and beautiful structure are all just perfect and it is really wonderful to look at ^^
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Just so you know, I featured this photo in my journal for Awesome Photography.
You can take a peek here if you'd like: [link]
EvaLilith Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing- the perspective of the foreground makes the whole picture.
Juhua Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Saw this pic on the wall. :O
Though is was a little bit different...
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Even those desolate Landscape has it's own Magic :D it's so fascinating ;) :heart:
KiRAWRa Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
woooow that's so awesome.. you're right I've never heard of that before. Thats sad that people want to ruin it :c
MEL-Dungeon Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so surreal how beautiful it is and also for the fact that it's a clear, sunny day out. Amazing shot!
mohawk42s Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   Photographer
wow you must know who peter lik is...
i see a lot of his style in your work

i dig
jossagon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
wow it's amazing!!

good job I love your pictures
modelsandme Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
wonderful image,thanks for sharing!
Zafiara Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009   Photographer

This has been featured here: [link]

maldonadoga Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture, congratulations for finding this place and thanks for sharing this picture. I like the way you don't disclose sensible information. :+fav:
Ilharess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
glad you shared the image, but not the location of the place. you were lucky to be able to feel the soul of the space, and most would just wish to get a souvenir and photograph themselves there.
awesome image of the special place :sun:
Finofilka Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009   Photographer
Your wonderful work(s) has been featured
stevtomato Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Some really awesome focus there! :|

gadgetguy606 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
biggest coincidense, ive had a photo of this as my background for like 6 months. ALways wondered what and where it was.
JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
that reminds me of discovery channel, a lot!!
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The photo truly reveals the magical nature of this extraordinary place. It's wonderful locations like this still exist on this planet!
paulsaini Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Beautiful capture
WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sunsets in Utah, Southern Utah in particular, are amazing. Believe me, I live there :D
dantoooosa-UAE Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
great picture...

loved ur gallery
dantoooosa-UAE Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
KarmaRising Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Never been to Canyonlands. Seems like I might need to clear out some time to make a trip there. If I put my mind to it, I think I could find this location. Looks like it is probably worth the effort. Unfortunately you are right about people's respect for the land, or lack thereof. Seems like every time you find someplace magical, you have to keep it a secret to keep some asshole from treating it like a landfill.
AeolianLitany Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
this shot is amazing! well done!:clap:
BiodiVersitY Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nicely framed. spectacular shot
strangelight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Thanks for the description, Nate - very illuminating. I can understand why the location is kept secret. A shame, but it has to be so.

As for the image - I think you've done a great job. I especially like the mouth of the cave arcing overhead, which gives a really good sense of place to the ruin.
TTM77 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.. what a view.
NJSabo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
That place looks amazing!
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
well worth the effort my man. might be an interesting sunrise/sunset study there depending on position of sun. way to get there

Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
yeah.. i was actually here for sunrise and sunset (which is when this photo was taken) they sunset kinda fizzled out though
aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
one of those things to shoot over and over...i know that feeling :-)
austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This photo is simply stunning. You did an amazing job of capturing the mood of this unique place. The framing of this really works and makes it feel like a secret hidden location. The locations of certain things just need to be kept a secret because once the general public becomes aware all it takes is the blatant disrespect of a few to ruin it for everyone.

I'm originally from Northern California and one of the great treasures of the pacific coast is the Redwood forests which are home to the tallest trees in the world. In the past the record holding tallest trees were revealed to the public and flocks of tourists would come to see the giants which was very damaging to the root systems of these trees. Because of this the locations of the tallest trees (there have been 3 tallest trees since 2000 because of new discoveries) have been kept secret by biologists.
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
You've definitely succeeded in capturing the mystical essence of the place Nate! Thanks for traveling us there! :)
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks its a really amazing place!
sgilly Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Great picture. Close to my hometown, I love it!
danUK86 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009   General Artist
Spiritwalker6153 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
First, thank you for not telling where you took the shot. Second, I like the way you brought out the clouds in the background. Absolutely stunning.
namioevangelista Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Wonderful shot! Adorable composition.
mikewheels Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that is an awesome shot, but it is in a book, one of the most popular books about photographing southwest utah :0
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
its a really popular spot for photographers
Devil427 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
good shot :D
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