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New Mexico Scenery

New Mexico Scenery
I took this on Highway 550 North of Albuquerque NM.
Added on August 13, 2014

Sagebrush Lizard

Sagebrush Lizard
This lizard was on a wall of the Far View House ruins in Mesa Verde National Park. The human inhabitants abandoned the site before 1300 AD. Except for the occasional archaeologist the local wildlife have the place all to themselves.
Added on August 11, 2014

Silverton Colorado

Silverton Colorado
My post card shot of Silverton Co. Kendall Mountain is the peak on the left.
Added on August 10, 2014

Old Log Building in Silverton Co

Old Log Building in Silverton Co
This is a photographer's shop. Tourists could dress in 1800's clothes and have their photo taken.
Added on August 10, 2014

Durango & Silverton Railroad Baldwin steam locomotive arriving in Silverton from Durango, CO

Durango & Silverton Railroad Baldwin steam locomotive arriving in Silverton from Durango, CO
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's Baldwin K-36, Number 481, manufactured in 1925, arriving in Silverton, San Juan County, Colorado.
Added on August 10, 2014

Rain Storm in the San Juan National Forest

Rain Storm in the San Juan National Forest
This turned out to be freezing rain and I had to find a place to wait it out.
Added on August 10, 2014

Mancos Valley, Colorado

Mancos Valley, Colorado
The town of Mancos (center right) is located in southwestern Colorado, near the Four Corners, at the base of Mesa Verde National Park. Surrounded by rangeland and mountains, The town was founded in 1894, near the site where early Spanish explorers first c…
Added on August  9, 2014

Fewkes Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park

Fewkes Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park
Residents of Cliff Palace carried water to the dwelling from several nearby springs. Although there is a small seep located near the entrance of Cliff Palace, it is unknown if it supplied enough water for all of the people who lived here. The closest spri…
Added on August  9, 2014

Long House as seen from across the Canyon

Long House as seen from across the Canyon
This photo gives a sense of the scale of the Long House Cliff dwelling. If you look closely (in one of the larger views) people can be seen on the lower level.


Long House is one of the many Cliff dwellings built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are al…
Added on August  9, 2014

View from Long House Cliff dwelling

View from Long House Cliff dwelling
This is the view of the canyon the Ancient Pueblo peoples had from their homes in the cliffs. It was amazingly cool back in the crevice of the cliff.


Long House is one of the many Cliff dwellings built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are also call T…
Added on August  9, 2014

Kiva

Kiva
A kiva is a round room used by Puebloans for religious rituals, many of them associated with the kachina belief system. Among the modern Hopi and most other Pueblo. They were originally covered with a ladder descending into them from a opening in the roo…
Added on August  9, 2014

Hand Print

Hand Print
Part of the inner cliff was coated with plaster by the original inhabitants. Most likely it was to prevent water from seeping in . The hand pint in the center of this image was left by one of them.


Long House is one of the many Cliff dwellings built by…
Added on August  9, 2014

Long House Mesa in Verde National Park

Long House Mesa in Verde National Park
We climbed up the ladders seen in this photo, to the cool crevice of the cavern. There was a stream back there that the original inhabitants used as a source of water.

Long House was built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are also call The Anasazi.
Clif…
Added on August  9, 2014

Scenic View in Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic View in Mesa Verde National Park
Near Knife Edge Road in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Added on August  8, 2014

Scenic View in Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic View in Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Added on August  8, 2014

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park
This image has a few members of the tour group I was in. It was a very international group with several groups from Europe.

Cliff Palace built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are also call The Anasazi. Cliff Palace is thought to be the largest cliff d…
Added on August  8, 2014

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park
A closer view of the structures of Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace was built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are also call The Anasazi. Cliff Palace is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Cliff dwellings are structures built within ca…
Added on August  8, 2014

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park
A closer view of the structures of Cliff Palace.

Cliff Palace was built by the Ancient Pueblo peoples who are also call The Anasazi. Cliff Palace is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Cliff dwellings are structures built within ca…
Added on August  8, 2014