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Painted Desert Inn, Arizona

Painted Desert/Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

This is certainly a departure from the landscapes I usually photograph. This delightful building dates from the 1920’s and was remodeled by the CCC in the 1930’s and an adobe facade added over the original petrified wood building. It features a tribute to Route 66, several Hopi murals by Hopi artist Fed Kabotie. A ceiling of glass panels decorates the ceiling of one room, each hand painted by CCC artists. I overheard some locals visiting the site and reminiscing about the building. Apparently, the Park Service was seriously considering tearing the structure down, but local voices saved it. It was raining off and on all day and the sky and lighting were mostly poor. It is a great place to visit! I was experimenting with drab the sky and discovered a way to maximize its effect. You may see that treatment again!

© Bill Carroll 2017