I had the privilege of being artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument in northern Arizona in May 2013. My stay of almost two weeks came with an amazing view of the Painted Desert. After the sun set an incredible dark sky was in view almost every night. The preserved pueblo structures were impressive in their workmanship after standing for over 800 years in the desert. No written records exist so we don’t know why these people settled in this area. The waxing moon provided a soft light for the pueblos and the landscape as I photographed them with the celestial dome as a background. Thanks to Ranger Holly Richards, Rene Westbrook- Grand Canyon South Rim AiR coordinator and Flagstaff artist Bruce Aiken for making the residency possible.