|Apex of the evening: Harvest Moon over White Mesa, from Cedar Mesa.|
But this was 2016, not 1700s colonial America back East. The moon didn't care. It would rise true in its orbit regardless of who cared.
I cared. I watch for Full Moon time each month. For landscape photos. For the once in a month visual and visceral experience. Weather permitting, you know, so some months are clouded out even here in the high and dry and lovely mostly clear skies of the desert Southwest.
|Rabbitbrush in bloom, September, San Juan County, Utah.|
So I drove out to a ruin that is known locally and in certain guide books as Cave Towers Ruin. It's on public land, but it's unmarked from the highway, so you have to know how to get there. Open the gate, close the gate behind you, and drive on in. Unless you have a high clearance vehicle (AWD, like a Subaru) you should stop at the new (courtesy of Friends Of Cedar Mesa) buck-and-pole wooden fence and walk the rest of the way. It's not far.
|West tower ruin at Cave Towers.|
Well, why not? Towers above the cave? A recess (overhanging) cave in the sandstone layers, with cliff dwellings below and brazen towers above on the canyon rim. Not a subterranean cavern.
|Late day sunlight just below the rim on cliff dwellings rubble.|
|Cliff dwellings below the rim, underneath the towers. How to get down there?|
|Peering into the canyon below Cave Towers Ruin. Sleeping Ute Mountain on the far horizon.|
|The west tower and its entry doorway, from below.|
|Yellow wildflowers, some of the last of the season.|
|The Earth's Shadow, and Sleeping Ute Mountain, just after sunset, from Salvation Point.|
Waiting, waiting. Waiting for the moon to show. I knew it would be about 20 minutes after sunset this night.
|Harvest Moon emergence, from Cedar Mesa.|
|Lord of the eastern horizon on this lovely September evening...|
A lonely highway in the middle of nowhere, so almost no traffic. Wide open skies. Moonrise. The high desert. September, the second best month of the year.
|Panorama: Risen moon over White Mesa, from Cedar Mesa, Utah.|
It doesn't get much better than this.
Photo location: San Juan County, southeast Utah.
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