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"Hovenweep" means in the Paiute Indian language "Deserted Valley." This is farily appropriate, for there is little there in the way of bustling city life. Instead, strange fanatics like me are walking around, taking photos!

Hovenweep National Monument contains several deserted "villages" of structures dating back to 900 CE or so. Seen here is the building called "Hovenweep Castle" on the right. There is an adjacent square building on the left. The castle, quite large (about four stories high), is thought by archeologists to be one of the most important structures in all of these settlements.

The Anasazi people, whose descendants are now thought to be the Hopi Indians, abandoned this area in about 1200 CE, possibly due to a long drought.

I took a lot of photos from the other side several minutes before this one, and a few I have posted. See here and here to see the strange and magic sunset light when it hits these structures, constructed from red sandstone. For this image, once the sun went down, I ran to this side and lined up the shot.

PP: I added 10% contrast and cleaned noise with the gaussian blur filter at 4.8 pixels after selecting the various colors with a 5 pixel feather.

Hey, everyone's gotta have some sunset shots, right?

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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