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Fall Colors are on the way to Northern Arizona
Fall Colors on the San Francisco Peaks of northern Arizona...
Prehistoric architects and engineers... stone age genius

Walking amongst the black sand volcanic fields of northern Arizona will always yield surprises. On this day I spotted an eroded volcanic plug that jutted out of the topography like a large tower. Using my binoculars I determined that a man-made structure covered the top of this butte. Upon arrival I discovered the crude steps prehistoric people had used to climb to the top and I followed to find this well built masonry structure. Large heavy stones had been brought up here and placed in construction so well that even after hundreds of years and all of the original mortar dissolved and washed away they remain in place. One can only speculate as to its purpose.

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All those roof poles, grass and mud have weathered away...

Green summer grass and wildflowers make hiking northern Arizona a banquet. On this outing I’ve walked right into the middle of several perfectly excavated circular depresions. The dense layer of prehistoric potsherds within and around them convince me that all of these depressions are what remains of a pithouse village where several people once lived and/or worshipped. The largest depression is over 30 feet in diameter and still five feet deep. I found one of these once where the center poles that supported the roof were still in place. Awesome. THIS is not a museum! Goosebumps.

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Rocky Mountain Bee Plant with artifacts

I have been hiking northern Arizona since 1978 enjoying the bounty of our prehistory and natural history, my paradise. I have over 7000 photographs and a million memories. Over the 35 years plus I had the company of three friends on most of these hikes. One is left as aging issues have removed the others. But the bounty is not diminished.

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Eroded Limestone 250 million years old - Youngs Canyon

Just after a monsoon rain, eroded limestone, 250 million years old, in Youngs Canyon east of Flagstaff, Arizona. Summer foliage on embankment behind old Juniper Tree.

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Home on the range...

A recent day hike yielded this wonderful prehistoric pueblo ruin. It is an architectural wonder to me and worth some consideration. First, there are two photos here. One from a distance and one from the center of the upper room. Generally, this is a multi-room pueblo generally aligned north and south, all rooms in a row cascading down the gentle slope. Made of basalt stones all rooms are large and substantially built. It is obvious that domestic life thrived here. A large grinding stone is built into part of the structure. How many people? And for how long?  Hope you enjoy.

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Volcanic butte, Sacred Datura, Basalt Field House Ruin, gold wildflowers on black volcanic sand.

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