Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Anasazy

The Anasazy were a bunch of ancient Indian tribes that had permanent housing, made out of stone and sometimes inside the ground. 'Anasazy' means 'Ancient Enemy', and there are some archaeologists that think this culture disappeared in a strange and sudden way of the face of the earth. This theory is supported by evidence from various findings in ancient Anasazy dig sites. Me, Avi and Ophek went to one of the Anasazy ruins near Flagstaff to have a look.
On our way to the dig site we stopped at a place where a big volcanic eruption happened. The place is beautiful, full of black, volcanic stones and black dust covering the whole area.
Take a look at the San Francisco mountain peaks behind me, it is amazing how it is hot where I stand and how the tops are covered with ice at the same time:

Next, take a look at some photos of me at the middle of a lava stream:


Next, a couple of photos from the ruins of Wupatki:


Here is a picture of a 'Kiva', a place where physical and sports games were conducted by the Anasazy, incredible to be here:


This is a blow-hole in the ground, a very interesting phenomenon. It is basically a hole in the ground, leading to a closed system of tunnels and caves. The difference between the outside and inside air pressures makes air blow into or out of the hole. The air is blowing out in the photo below, and it is cold air with the smell of the ground:

Next, take a look at a plant I found out the local Indians use for preparing tea. Take a close look at its scientific name... The Indians knew how to pump up for a hunt alright:


At night, even though we were tired, we decided to go take the local gymnastics facility training. Even though we were training with obnoxious 14 year old cheerleaders it was a nice session, felt good to be in the air again. Take a look at the action:



I'm just leaving for the Grand Canyon, stay tuned for more...

11 comments:

Gittit Shwartz said...

# Video 4 - congrats on the double front!

Ido Portal said...

Thanks, it is with a shitty technique and into a foam pit, but hey....

Vadim T. said...

Happy birthday, brother. Hugs and kisses.

Ido Portal said...

Thanks a lot... I've had a great birthday here with Avi and Moran. They send their biggest hug to everyone - Russia, Israel or US...

Garanhao said...

Great sights, but what I find most interesting are the clips. The first two combos and your planche professor are crazy ! Have You ever considered making a showreel or a sampler of your moves ?
Regards
Garanhao

drorzipori said...

happy bitrhday ido!!! =]

cant wait to saturday...
dror, dolce

Anonymous said...

happy 28th birthday!

tal said...

Sorry I'm a bit late in the date of your birthday, but I guess that later is better then nothing, so happy birthday!

The pictures are amazing, the place is great!
I like the most the picture of the place where the Anasazy did their sports competitions.

The videos are amazing too!

See you soon,
Tal.

Ido Portal said...

Thanks, Garanhao, they are just random clips.
I disliked the sampler/trailer/showreel idea for a long time, but it seems there is no way around it... I guess I will release some clips of my work soon. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

The photo of blow-hole in the ground look like impossible!
ur hair is up!

madona

James_Russell said...

nice front full, very gymnast-y