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Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008 09:24 pm
Arizona Vacation Photos: Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is astounding. It's a vast desert of painted hills, buttes, and mesas in many pastel and vivid colors. It's also as silent as the tomb. All you can hear is the wind (if there is any) and if an animal moves, even a little lizard, you will hear it. To me, it felt pretty wrong talking in a normal tone out there. At the bottom of the post is a video, if you turn it up you can hear me whispering but I took it to show just how silent it is. The noise you do hear is the wind. Ancient people lived here, there's evidence in their pueblos and their petroglyphs. I couldn't photograph the pueblo since I was bone tired by that time and it would have been a little hike. I did take photos of the petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock however. It really goes to show what people can do if they have to. These people lived in a harsh environment; extreme temperatures with only a small window of mild weather. From the scorching heat of the summer, where it gets into triple digits, to the frigid winters where the Park Rangers said it can get into minus temperatures. Their window for crop growing was so small, mostly from late February to very early May. Gotta respect their endurance!


It's so breathtaking.




If you look closely you can see the petroglyphs around the bottom of this rock. You can't get down to them, you're on a ledge overlooking. I'm glad you can't get down to them, I can imagine some asshole defacing the rock.


Close up!


Even more close up! Very awesome!


These are called The Tepees because of their shape. Just look at the awesome layers! *flails like the geo geek that she is*


Such colors....
















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z3nyatta
z3nyatta
Val
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)

The petroglyphs are so cool!!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)

They are! Check my previous entry for other photos ^_^


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imonsie
imonsie
Monsie
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)

I love northern AZ, too. I just love this state. OK, I LOVE California, too, but to live near a raw (nature minus the LA lifestyle) part of California would cost me a ton of money. At least for now, I can enjoy Arizona's raw beauty (or what is left) before the next generations grow and destroy it all. I'm so happy to be able live here. During a beautiful windy day, spiritual music playing, driving along aside land that isn't spoken for, sends chills up my spine. I can invision the wild horses, falcons dominating the skies, the beautiful tongue of Native Americans echoing throughout the desert... I cry. I'm Jamaican and Chinese, but my other grandpa bares Native American blood and I am very, very close to my backgrounds cultures. I don't identify with just one race anymore. I feel such a closeness to them all and to know the possibly of my great great grandparents tribes could have been out here? O_O! *sigh*


I am done. rofl...

I love the photos! I'm glad you captured such amazing moments. Please get prints!


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)

I love my state. Heck, LA has some lovely parts but I too would prefer to live in a 'raw' area.

Rofl, Monsie is a passionate person! I still want to get a DNA test done! I want to know my tribe! I want to know once and for all if I *do* have German blood in me. I want to know if I'm related to Erik, the mighty Viking! Er...well, probably not. That was just random :)

I should make prints...eventually. I need to make prints of COUSIN photos first. Lol, I love how I always captilize that word xD

It smells like musty old sports cup in here. How I know what that smells like I cannot say, but I assume that's what it smells like!

Oh well, back to AIM! Excelcior!


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)

I'm still sitting in awe, the colours are amazing, it almost looks like the surface of another planet.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)

Well, NASA tested the Mars thing in Arizona I think :)


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)

Was wondering if the area has been used in various films that are set on other planets?


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)

Maybe not in the national parks, especially Petrified Forest. I would think the NPS would be afraid of the film crew hurting the ancient wood.
But yeah, I'm sure some movies were filmed in the Arizona deserts


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cartoondoggy
cartoondoggy
Sara
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)

Your pictures totally 'sell' Arizona. I want to go there one day. <3 I already commented the pics on FB, but I can't find your video... where are they?


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Mon, Apr. 7th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)

LOL, I forgot about the video! I'm putting it up right now. :P


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