False Kiva

This Ancestral Puebloan or Anasazi structure in Canyonlands National Park, while round in shape, contains no evidence indicating it was an actual kiva, and hence the name.  The time of construction and use appears to have been c.1050 AD to c.1300 AD.

False Kiva

It certainly is a room with a view.  As with all sites such as this, I hope we will all remember to look but not touch.  The Park Service asks that visitors remain outside the walls of this structure.  In comparing this view to older photographs, there appears to have been some degradation to the structure between early images and my recent visit.

Martin van Hemert

Canyonlands Vistas

Canyonlands National Park offers wide expanses  to explore.  The central mesa, referred to as the Island in the Sky,  lives up to its name with breathtaking views of the levels below.  This panorama is at Grand View Point, and shows a portion of the White Rim 1200 ft. (365 m) below.

Grand View Point in Canyonlands.

The areas below this mesa offer a myriad of canyons, nooks and crannies to explore, such as this alcove just below the mesa top.

Martin van Hemert

Ancestral Puebloan Granaries

Coyotes were yelping in the distance (really,  I didn’t make that up) as I pulled out my lights and waited for the stars to  emerge in the dusk sky for this panorama.

Granaries along the Aztec Butte Trail.

Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and Fremont people inhabited the Canyonlands area until the 1300s.  Possibly as a result of some 30 years of drought, they moved south. Their dwellings and granaries are scattered throughout this national park.  These two well preserved granaries are found along the Aztec Butte Trail.

The Southern Utah area contains many sites such as this which can be visited up close.  Remember to not touch any structures such as these, so future visitors may enjoy them as well.


Jitter Bug Antiques

In downtown Salt Lake City is a shop I have been meaning to shoot for quite a while.  Jitter Bug is not your typical antique store.  It features a mix of vintage toys and quirky off-beat items.  This is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a gift no one would be expecting.  I enjoy it because the place itself is a visual feast, with colorful things packed everywhere.

Even though the shop is small, one panorama didn’t do it justice, so I shot one more near the old soda bottles still full with their original contents.  Dee, the owner, was gracious enough to let me visit a second time.

If you are in the area, stop in for a visit.  They’re at 243 East 300 South in Salt Lake City.