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Indian Watchtower at Desert View

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 July 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Indian Watchtower sits out on a promontory overlooking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From a distance, the building's silhouette looks like the Anasazi watchtower it was meant to mimic. As Virginia L. Grattan wrote in Mary Colter Builder Upon the Red Earth, "The Indian watchtower at Desert View was not a copy, but what Colter called a 're-creation' of an Indian watchtower." Standing at 70 feet, with a 30-foot base, the tower is unique in having a concrete foundation and steel framework well-hidden in the stones of the tower. The ground level of the tower is a large, round observation room with a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon. Upstairs, the Hopi Room presents paintings by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, who took the room's theme from the Hopi Snake Dance. An outdoor observation deck is directly above the observation room.

Photo captured May 8, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 140 18 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

It looks pretty authentic to me - super scene

29 Jul 2013 6:14am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A beautiful and unique tower. Best view of the Canyon from there!

29 Jul 2013 7:48am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

excellent framing*

29 Jul 2013 8:21am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It looks far older than a 1932 construction, must be a great place to sit and take in the scene in relative comfort. Love your warm tones for this stone Steve.

29 Jul 2013 8:21am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture with beautiful colours !

29 Jul 2013 10:04am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

very nice!

29 Jul 2013 10:38am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous tower ! Beautiful sunny mood !

29 Jul 2013 10:54am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fabulous colors and light, Steven - I just love that Grand Canyon landscape beyond.

29 Jul 2013 11:01am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A GRAND shot in that beautiful light ... well done, Steven! *****

29 Jul 2013 11:53am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great place for studio/loft. Diner parties on the roof, you wouldn't have to worry about disturbing the neighbors.
Beautiful framing and exposure.

29 Jul 2013 11:54am

marc from granby, Canada

Great composition,like the perspective,very nice Steven.

29 Jul 2013 2:18pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Fabulous photo !!!

29 Jul 2013 2:29pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Whooooooooooooooooooo....
Merveilleux. 5*****)

29 Jul 2013 3:00pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wow this is breathtaking! I would love to go there. Very beautiful shot.

29 Jul 2013 3:02pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

wooooooooooow!
very nice!!!!
so beautiful compsoition, c;ouds, colors, lights & texture!
Wonderful!!!!

29 Jul 2013 4:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! This is a spectacular image!

29 Jul 2013 5:09pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Gorgeous

29 Jul 2013 5:47pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Magnificent, the viewer is drawn into the photo at lightning speed, spectacular 5*****'s !~

29 Jul 2013 5:50pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous frame. The light is just beautiful and what a view! It looks like a postcard!

29 Jul 2013 6:57pm

franz from Baden, Austria

picture postcard perfect, and taken with the best light conditions !!!

29 Jul 2013 7:00pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Great composition with beautiful perspective! What an impressive landscape!! Spectacular.

29 Jul 2013 8:23pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Fascinating shot and write-up. It had never occurred to me that Native Indians built anything with stone/bricks

29 Jul 2013 8:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding composition.

29 Jul 2013 9:07pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I have a postcard of this same view from when I was a kid! (way back!) ;-)

29 Jul 2013 11:59pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Awesome! Awesome! and more Awesome!

30 Jul 2013 12:04am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful composition and light! the bricks used for the tower were smartly chosen - it appears almost as one with the landscape because of its colour tones! well captured!

30 Jul 2013 1:43am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wonderful light on the tower and excellent sky.

30 Jul 2013 2:53am

Abena from Illinois, United States

That is just brilliant Steven! I love the intensity of those gorgeous colors and the scene is amazing.

30 Jul 2013 4:48am

L'angevine from Angers, France

superbe cette lumière à la tour

30 Jul 2013 7:19am

JCJ from Troyes, France

magnifique endroit, excellent cadrage et beau point de vue

30 Jul 2013 3:27pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image captured so well.

30 Jul 2013 11:48pm

Helene from Loire Atlantique, France

Un panorama grandiose et une lumière magnifique !

31 Jul 2013 3:36pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Congratulations My friend :)

28 Sep 2014 5:49pm

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