House on Fire (Anasazi pueblo dwelling, Mule Canyon, Cedar Mesa UT)

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    I first saw a picture of this a couple of years ago (I believe it was Justin Reznick's excellent pic), and was immediately fascinated (and a little obsessed). I thought it was the most incredible-looking cliff dwelling I'd ever seen, and knew I had to see it in person. One of the things that drew me to landscape photography in the first place is a desire to visit the wild places I saw in other people's photographs. I wanted, or even NEEDED, to see these places--not so much to get my own photographs, but just to be there and experience it in person. House on Fire was definitely one of those places, and I'm so glad I was finally able to see it. It's truly in the middle of nowhere (a long drive, and then a short but pleasant hike), located in a beautiful canyon in southeastern Utah.

    Built into a cleft in the canyon wall about 30 feet off the ground, the cliff dwelling is approximately 800-1000 years old, and is part of a larger network of Anasazi cliff dwellings in Mule Canyon and the greater Cedar Mesa area (in San Juan County in southeastern Utah). When late morning sun lights up the opposite canyon wall, the light reflects onto the dwelling and gives the sandstone roof the appearance of being on fire (hence, its name). The canyon itself is beautiful, and makes for a great hike. House on Fire is about 1.25 miles from the trailhead, and there are other ruins and rock art farther down the trail (The lower arm of the canyon is approximately 6 miles long).

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    1. davidlepnyc 66 months ago | reply

      Perfect title, that is exactly what I though on first glance. Just amazing, thanks for sharing.

    2. DM Weber 66 months ago | reply

      The rock does look like fire. You captured it in the best light! WELL DONE

    3. 66 months ago | reply

      Fantastic, Robin and I'm so glad you got to see it! Great comp and I really hope I'll have a chance to go here next month! :)

    4. Didenze 66 months ago | reply

      Wow, what an amazing natural rock formation! Amazing shot, Robin!

    5. rich.perron 66 months ago | reply

      Nicely done! Love the color.

    6. tozofoto 66 months ago | reply

      From Landscape Portfolio group:

      This must be one of the best examples of
      Landscape Art we have ever seen!

    7. 66 months ago | reply

      The Anasazi ruins are such wonders of ancient engineering -- just one of the present's more interesting mysteries.

      Like you, I first saw this one here on flickr, but I haven't had the chance to do anything about my obsession yet.

      Well done.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    8. Dwood Photography 66 months ago | reply

      Such a darn cool location. Very nicely captured and processed.

    9. Alla M. 66 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture. Thanks for your story.

    10. busyclickn 66 months ago | reply

      Wow, unreal! Amazing photo!

    11. Mark VanDyke Photography 66 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic! I'm a little jealous myself--very cool!

    12. cedergreenphoto 64 months ago | reply

      Absolutely 100% incredible...

    13. dragonflydreams88 54 months ago | reply

      . . . fantastic!!!

    14. dragonflydreams88 54 months ago | reply

      . . . I will probably never see this in person . . . I can totally identify with your "NEED" to see it first hand . . . glad you were able to realize that dream!!!

    15. UNTIL THEN... 51 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your story.
      Now I know what will be my next photography destination to conquer.
      Great shot!

    16. Greg Adams Photography 51 months ago | reply

      Wow! I Love this and love the story (I also get obsessed to see and shoot the topics of photos from photographers like you that I admire on Flickr!)

    17. davidjoaquin 23 months ago | reply

      stunning Robin

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