Have you ever been here?
Have you ever noticed that tourists take pictures of the same spot, over and over?
Here for instance are three photographs of Balancing Rock near Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are from three different estate sales and unrelated in any other way except they are black and white photographs. They are taken from almost identical camera angles.
It's probably because the spot is an easy one to access, to get the family in the picture and the light is right for the time of day.
There are photographs of this rock from many angles, but this one is repeated often.
Umbrella Rock in Tennessee is another popular tourist destination. There are many photographs from the early days of photography, cabinet cards and real photo post cards taken by a professional photographer at the site. The photographs show the formation almost always from the same angle.
There are even post cards from that era showing the scene. The rock is fenced off now as being too dangerous.
This looks like the "Aztec Ruins" in western New Mexico but that is just a guess.
It is a misnomer of course. The Native American settlement is not connected with the Aztec tribe of Mexico at all.
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