A small and little-known granary hidden on Cedar Mesa. The afternoon light reflects off the sandstone below and bathes this well-preserved ruin in golden light.
It’s been a little while since I have updated this blog, so I’m sorry about that. Things have been crazy these last few weeks but are finally getting back to normal…which means I can start getting out and exploring the backcountry in search of rock art and ruins once again. As a matter of fact, I just spent the weekend on Cedar Mesa in search of the specific ruin featured in the photo above. As you might have guessed, I did manage to find it!
This well-preserved ruin is nestled in the back of a deep alcove which has helped protect it from the elements and kept it in good shape. The most unusual part of this ruin is the painted pictographs on it’s exterior. I can’t recall seeing anything else like it which makes this one pretty unique. Because of the photogenic alcove this granary was located in, I had a lot of fun taking photoso of it from all different angles, so I’m sure I’ll be posting other photos of it in the future. This photo was taken to emphasize the curved lines and golden color of the smoke-stained ceiling of the alcove above the ruin.
Let’s finish up the week with another ruin that I came across in the spring while hiking in Mule Canyon. While most people are familiar with the House on Fire ruins located in the same canyon, there are plenty of other ruins to visit….and even some that can be pretty photogenic, too. While exploring this ruin, I noticed the sun reflecting off of the sandstone above the granary accentuating the different colors which is what I wanted to show off in this photo.
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A small granary tucked underneath a low alcove in the Doll House area of Canyonlands National Park. I hiked to this one in the spring when I spent a few days in the Maze. I think this one looked much better in black and white.
This past Saturday after I setup my camp in Bobbys Hole I still had a few hours before sunset, so I made a quick side trip to Beef Basin so that I could revisit some of my favorite ruins in the area. Here’s a new photo of the Middle Park granary in black & white.