Today is an uncropped panoramic film image of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park. We were here in July-August of this year, and not in the best of shape for a crawling / climbing tour of this remarkable cliff dwelling. Instead, as I’ve done before, I leaned over the edge of a balcony built high above and took my pictures.
Cinestill 50 Daylight film is used here, along with the OM-1n. There are four images here, turned into a pano in CS6. Cropping would take away from the awesome quality of the overlook and the amazing buildings below.
Click on the image to see it larger. No retouching done!
I am still going through the pictures I took during our stay in the Four Corners area and our visit to Mesa Verde National Park. The colors of the high desert, combined with the sudden appearance of a cliff dwelling, are breath-taking. As you descend toward the Spruce Tree House, glimpses are caught here and there.
Can you imagine the surprise of seeing these buildings tucked underneath a sheer cliff, with no apparent access? Trees above, canyon below, with only ropes and ladders and narrow paths to come and go.
Another view from Mesa Verde National Park. This is a corner of one of the park buildings built during the 1930s, probably under the WPA.