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View from the Chapel of the Holy Cross - Sedona by nmsmith
View from the Chapel of the Holy Cross - Sedona
This is a view from the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona.
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Chapel of the Holy Cross - Sedona, Arizona by nmsmith
Chapel of the Holy Cross - Sedona, Arizona
Visited Sedona, Arizona today.  Took some time to visit this lovely church.
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Sedona, Arizona 01 by nmsmith
Sedona, Arizona 01
Spent the day in Sedona, Arizona.  Quite a tourist trap, but the scenery is beautiful.
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Montezuma Castle, Arizona (2) by nmsmith
Montezuma Castle, Arizona (2)

Montezuma Castle is situated about 90 feet (27 m) up a sheer limestone cliff, facing the adjacent Beaver Creek, which drains into the perennial Verde River just north of Camp Verde. It is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, in part because of its ideal placement in a natural alcove that protects it from exposure to the elements. The precariousness of the dwelling's location and its immense scale - almost 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of floor space across five stories - suggest that the Sinagua were daring builders and skilled engineers. Access into the structure was most likely permitted by a series of portable ladders, which made it difficult for enemy tribes to penetrate the natural defense of the vertical barrier.[7]

Perhaps the main reason the Sinagua chose to build the Castle so far above the ground, however, was to escape the threat of natural disaster in the form of the annual flooding of Beaver Creek. During the summer monsoon season, the creek frequently breached its banks, inundating the floodplain with water. The Sinagua recognized the importance of these floods to their agriculture, but likely also the potential destruction they presented to any structures built in the floodplain. Their solution was to build a permanent structure in the high recess afforded by the limestone cliff.

The walls of Montezuma Castle are excellent examples of early stone-and-mortar masonry, constructed almost entirely from chunks of limestone found at the base of the cliff, as well as mud and/or clay from the creek bottom. The ceilings of the rooms also incorporated sectioned timbers as a kind of roof thatching, obtained primarily from the Arizona sycamore, a large hardwood tree native to the Verde Valley.

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Montezuma Castle, Arizona by nmsmith
Montezuma Castle, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved cliff dwellings near the town of Camp VerdeArizonaUnited States. The dwellings were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbianculture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States,[4] between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries.[5]

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Nathan Smith
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I am an education technologist, former elementary school teacher, artist, and photographer.
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I have a new friend from Bulgaria - Lubomir Velev - who has just posted a YouTube video featuring my art.  I am honored that he would do this. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBOWhT…

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Mystic-Curse Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Hello Nathan,

I visited your gallery again today and i just wanna say thank you again for sharing all your beautiful work.
Your pieces are realy inspiring,you are amazing...Hug 

Thank you for responding,i hope you have a wonderful day to.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!  Lot's of wonderful comments today.  Many thanks, my friend.  I'm heading to Sedona, Arizona for a week of exploration and photography.  :)
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many, many thanks, dear friend.
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LadyNatulcien Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
September 22nd? Noted! Hehe
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks!  I'm feeling old today.  :)
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LadyNatulcien Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Happy "Bird" Day to you! Happy "Bird" Day to you! Happy "Bird" day... Happy Bird Day... Happy "Bird" Day to yoooouuuuuuu!


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nmsmith Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks, my dear friend.  I took off early from work today to enjoy the beautiful autumn afternoon with my wife and children.  Hope your day is wonderful!  Your birthday wishes made mine brighter!
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pumpdwolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   General Artist
I cant tell you enough, how much I've enjoyed everything you have created!  EVERYTHING!!
I graduated from Skyview High (Smithfield,Ut.) in 1981.  Moved to San Diego, Ca. in 1983... Thats where I'm at now. I did open a Coffee Shop in Park City, Ut in 2000- 2002, but it didn't snow much at all the following year, so business was almost non existent... So where I'm going with all this, is I totally enjoyed all the photos of Cache Valley!  VERY MUCH!  I swear I actually have stood at the very site for each picture! Seriously! I needed to be taken back there again!  Thanks!
Would like to keep in touch with you!  e-mail?  wolfoot@hotmail.com
~Jeff
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jeff.  Thanks for the kind compliment.  I'm glad you've enjoyed my photos and images.  I'll email you when I get a moment.  Nathan Smith
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Imagines Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want your Jewels programmed on the inner lids of my eyes, so I can close them and change the view at whim. Woohooooo!

I shall now saturate my sight until I cry. I'm quite inspired by your work.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a kind compliment, Sandy.  Thank you so very much.
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WYRDICH Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...this
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EYECANDY...

...just WOW
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad you enjoyed them.  Many thanks!
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whywednesday Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Hello Nathan,

I sent you a note, not sure if you received it.  I recently came across your gallery and absolutely LOVE your stunning artwork and was wondering if I may use it for an upcoming website? Can you please contact me at paradisio@hushmail.com if it would be permissible? Thank you so kindly!
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theogroen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hi Nathan -  i wish you happy easter day´s, Hi outside by theogroenTheo
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks, my friend.  Happy Easter to you and your family.
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arielramira Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Would love to get in touch with you regarding purchasing some of your images for a web design I'm doing. 
you can email me at arielramira at gmail dot com. yea yaaa yeah, love your work! 
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  Thanks for your interest.  I'll email you.
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks for the watch  :)
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome.  I was very impressed with your illustration work.
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roula33 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist
 Thank you very much,, for the friends!!!!!!!!!!!!
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Teacherlink is totally rad.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks!
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