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Reinhard Schmolze

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David Schaubert

Walnut Canyon Scale

Walnut Canyon National Monument Island Trail, Arizona, USA

March 23, 2013, 22:23 UTC (15:23 local time)

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Caption

I had about given up on an entry as my primary and secondary plans had both fallen through. I was out of time as we had visitors and I was playing tour-guide around the local sights when a scale came out of nowhere.

We were hiking the Walnut Canyon National Monument Island Trail through the Native American cliff dwellings when we got to a spot where trail repair was being done. Amazingly (or fortuitously) off to the side of the cliff-dwelling ruins sat an industrial scale. No clue why or wherefore, especially considering it had to have been lugged down into the canyon by hand, but not being one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, I quickly shot a number of panos on the spot (fortunately I had my pano rig with me!)

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just East of Flagstaff, Arizona. The cliff dwellings were occupied from 1100 to 1250 AD by the Sinagua People and were abandoned due to climate change in the SW United States.
For more panos and pics from the park: Central Arizona Route 66 http://www.nps.gov/waca/historyculture/people.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walnut_Canyon_National_Monument

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Arizona

Lat: 35° 10' 6.93" N
Long: 111° 30' 39.57" W

Elevation: 1990

→ maps.google.com [EXT]

Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Equipment

Canon XTi (400D) DSLR, Sigma 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens, Velbon D-580 Tripod, Nodal Ninja 3 (NN3) Pano Head, Apple MacPro Dual/Quad 2.8GHz XEON, Apple MacBook Pro 17, PTGui Pro 9.1.7, Photoshop CS5 Extended, CubicConverter 2.2.1
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