Friday, July 20, 2012

Go West XXXVII - Pueblo Style

Visitor Center Patio, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



The decorative architecture of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitor Center accentuates a brilliant blue sky. Its color and design suggests a Native American influence, especially that of the ancient pueblo style.

Pueblos were buildings made of adobe mud and wood, often constructed one on top of the other to form apartment-like villages. 
Spanish explorers in the West were the first to use the term pueblo, which means "town". The Anasazi were thought to have begun building pueblos around 750 - 900 AD, although this Visitor Center is considerably more modern.

17 comments:

  1. Fabulous POV, Doug, and colors. I could just stare at this...which would make any Native American quite pleased, I'm sure. :)

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  2. Colors, framing, everything is superbly successful in this photo. Nice shot Doug !

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  3. Great image as always but I also enjoyed learning about Pueblos. You are so right about the colour of the timber making the blue sky sing. Wow, so intense, lovely.

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  4. The colour of the timber seems to have been designed to provide the perfect contrast against that azure blue sky Doug. It's Art, that's what it is.

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  5. Wonderful work!

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  6. ...and a pretty good advertisement too. For something?

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  7. Adorable patterns, shapes and shadows...

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  8. It's similar with the Visitor Center in Albuquerque, NM. nICE!

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  9. I like this! Great contrasting colors and textures.

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  10. Fantastic leading lines and rich color Doug--nicely seen!

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  11. great angles and lines, and superb colour management !

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  12. Perfectly composed, strictly with the diagonal. Great work!
    Have a nice day.

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  13. good decision to leave it empty like that.. it seldom rains in the west anyways.. :)

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