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In Search of Ansel by catch---22 In Search of Ansel by catch---22
the cliff palace in mesa verde, colorado... and I really mean "in."

this has been on my list for a very long time. every image that I had ever seen and every word that I read spoke mystery to me. about 1,400 years ago a group of people living in the Four Corners region chose Mesa Verde(the green table) for their home. for more than 700 years they and their descendants lived and flourished here... then, in the late A.D. 1200s, in the span of a generation or two, they left their homes and moved away. archeologists have called these people The Anasazi, from a Navajo word sometimes translated as “the ancient ones” or “ancient enemies.” They are now called Ancestral Puebloans, reflecting their modern descendants.

this was built in their classic period. 1100-1300 A.D. It had 150 rooms and 23 kivas. it was thought to be a social, administrative site with high ceremonial usage. fires built in summer were mainly for cooking but in winter, when the alcove rooms were damp and uncomfortable, fires probably burned throughout the village. you can see smoke-blackened walls and ceilings as a reminder of the cold. It was only in use for 100 years or so and then they left. For some reason at the highpoint of their culture they were dispersed within a few generations. there was drought and crop failures in the last quarter of the 1200s... and quite possibly maybe the land was just worn out with 700 years of use. I suspect a bit of both.

this was from a most wonderful morning when the park was still closed and I had it to myself.

This was my shot at it... Ansel kicked my ass.

I'd have to say his list is my ultimate bucket list.

another in search of Ansel.

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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

Hello :wave:

This wonderful deviation has been featured in my journal.

Have a nice day :aww:

catch---22 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
thank you very much !!!
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
Karinta Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Well, I love it. It captures all the detail, and it has sort of an HDR feel, but not overly so - the dodging/burning is masterful!
catch---22 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
thank you very much!!!
Karinta Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013

Wow! How in hail did I not see this one before?? This place is amaaaazing!


I agree with Harrison's-Forge also, every bit! :) ^^

catch---22 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
thank you very much Linda!
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I disagree with you over the comparison. Having followed the link and put the two shots of the settlement side by side, I judge yours to be the better for the following reasons:
- You have chosen a more interesting angle, showing more depth and detail of the structures
- The tonal range of your shot is better and gives more interest
- Overall your composition is by far the more interesting

Don't put yourself down (you are ALLOWED to be better than people who have inspired you you know) ;)
catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
lol, yes ma'am ;)

...and thank you so much for your kind words :)
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