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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.
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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:

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catch---22 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you very much !!!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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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!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you very much!!!
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Karinta Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!!
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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! :) ^^

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catch---22 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you very much Linda!
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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) ;)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
lol, yes ma'am ;)

...and thank you so much for your kind words :)
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I should think so :D

Kindness has nothing to do with it, it is my honest assessment ;)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
:heart:
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
:D
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lichtie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'm sure he would have complimented you on how you captured this one! The background information/history is very interesting as well!!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you David you're most kind... and glad you enjoyed :)
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Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Amazing, great photo!!! :heart:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Laura :heart:
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Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Most welcome, my friend :hug:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
:rose:
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Feeriee13 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
:)
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure that I have commented this on e... great B&W indeed ... I wish to visit that one day
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
much appreciated Alain... it's well worth the journey. it's a splendid place.
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One day I will be there ... it is possible to go down there?
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
it is... they have guided tours. the early and late ones should have less people. I stayed the night at the lodge. this gave me a chance to shoot before the park opened and after it closed.

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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I will keep the info and staying at the lodge was a great idea to perform that early photo. regards
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
if you stay at the lodge, you might request one of the rooms with an unobstructed view. I think this was the rooms numbered around 120. all have decent views or a piece of one but one of the structures has a completely open one.

a place that makes one feel a million miles from everywhere. I look forward to your images if you make it by.
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the info ... not in the target to go there shortly but never know ...
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
it has lasted for quite a while now... I'm sure it will wait for you ;)
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice detail and contrast Dennis. Looks like you hit the first tour of day.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you David... it was an hour or two before the tours started.
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I did two of the first tours and two of the last tours so I could avoid them. But mine didn't turn out as good as yours.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
I gotta get back for a longer stay.
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essencestudios Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
mind-boggling! wonderful shot dear:clap::clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you Heather :bow:
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essencestudios Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
you're very welcome:iconcookieforyouplz:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
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essencestudios Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was here when I was a child... It was so fascinating to me! Great shot! :w00t:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
it's a place it's easy to have childlike wonder at any age... thank you Tea !
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Wonderful work.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you!!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Many thanks dear Dennis for sharing this:))
Great info too:love:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'm glad you enjoyed dear Rezzan :)
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martintinaz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
W:wow:W..this looks awesome..:iconclapplz:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you Tina :bow:
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I CAN NOT GO AWAY FROM THAT SHOT!
Love the concept
Love the place
Love the quakity of the photograph...Bravo!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
you are more than kind... thank you Ayhan! :D
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's because the beauty of your photograph and talent as a photographer :D
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
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