It’s pronounced Wuh-pot-key, and I’m thinking there’s some sort of joke there about legalized marijuana, but it’s escaping me at the moment.

Wupatki is one of 21 National Parks in Arizona, and I got to visit on my recent weekend in Flagstaff. It’s not only home to very old, very beautiful Native American ruins, it’s also where some of the road scenes from Easy Rider were filmed.

(Which I just saw for the first time and thought it was one of the most overrated movies ever. Anyone? Or maybe I just needed some of that legalized marijuana to watch it?)

Back to those ruins. Here are a few shots giving you a macro to micro view.


I like how the ruins echo the mountain’s shape in the distance.


I was fascinated with the line and pattern of the bricks.



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  1. Emilie Vardaman March 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Beautiful ruins.
    I lived Easy Rider when I saw it many years ago. It wasn’t nearly so good when I saw it last year. I think you have to be kind of a young outlaw to relate!
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    • deonne March 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

      Thanks, Emilie. I feel like a bit of an outlaw, so maybe I should have seen it when it came out. : )

  2. Ron Hagg March 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Again – wonderful photos – thanks

  3. Deborah Dash March 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m right there with you on “Easy Rider.” And a lot of other ’60s movies, including “Georgy Girl” and “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.” Just a waste of celluloid. I think they were all made by and for people under the influence. (Although “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is worth a watch. Maggie Smith (pre-Dame) in her prrrrrrime, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar.

    Also love the pattern and texture of the brickwork. 🙂

    • deonne March 4, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      Deborah – Didn’t seen any of those, but I’ll check out Jean Brodie – I didn’t realize that was Maggie Smith. Love her. Glad you like the photos!

  4. Sherry in MT March 4, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    The stonework always amazes me. I guess I realize how lazy we’ve become in our modern age. Thinking of them hauling all that stone and setting it in the hot desert – wow! Really love the lines in that last shot but I like the first one too giving perspective on the ruins! All lovely miss!
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    • deonne March 4, 2015 at 7:52 am #

      Sherry – You’re absolutely right, I can’t imagine the physical labor involved. (Let’s not even talk about pyramids, ha.) Thanks for the kind words!

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