Photo Hunt: Birds

This week I'm featuring some bird photos we took inside the Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park. Despite what the photos might lead you to believe, the watchtower isn't an ancient Native American structure. Far from it. It was completed in 1933, and it was designed to be a rest area and gift shop.

I have to hand it to architect Mary Colter. She could have fooled me. I'm no expert, just an awestruck tourist, so it may not take much to fool me. But apparently Mary Coulter made a huge effort to give the tower an ancient look, down to choosing every single stone.

Authentic or not, the result is beautiful.


Here's a gorgeous hawk, or eagle, or falcon. Whatever. Like I said, I'm just an awestruck tourist.




Here are some cute little prairie hends. I wonder why their feet look like pitchforks.



Here's a chap dressed up as a bird. Don't ask me what that contraption is underneath his tail feathers because I don't want to know.


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shakatak66 said...

Great take on the theme! :D

Randi said...

A really interesting take on this week’s theme.
Happy weekend

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Love the paintings on the wall.

YTSL said...

To my eyes, the guy in the bottom photo looks like he's flying -- and the stuff at the bottom looks like some kind of missiles threatening to hit him! ;D

luna miranda said...

if you didn't say this place was built in the 30's, i would think this is a remnant of an ancient civilization.:p

great shots!

Alice Audrey said...

I don't think I want to know what that thing is, either, though it's awfully house like. Protector of civilization?

Carver said...

What a wonderful place and a great idea for the theme. Happy weekend.

RJ Flamingo said...

Very cool take on the theme! Many cultures use birds as symbols, so this was very appropriate. Thanks for visiting me, and have a great weekend!

kalea_kane said...

Awesome shots! My son, husband, and I went there this summer during one of the free weekends that the National Parks was hosting, and as soon as I saw your pictures, my mind went right back. Such an amazing place!

Life Ramblings said...

those are wonderful shots and i love your different takeon the theme.

jams o donnell said...

Brilliant. It certainly looks old and the Native american style art is wonderful. Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

It is rather interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Tamara B. said...

Aazing post and thank-you for sharing!