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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 ^^
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