Mesa Verde – The Ghosts of the Anasazi

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As we entered Mesa Verde National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) we knew this place was like no other. Rocks and trees looking as if they were placed there with the utmost care by some immortal force cover the unreal vista. Then there are the skies!

In A.D. 550 the first people moved into Mesa Verde creating spectacular cliff dwellings that provided shelter for the next 700 years. Archaeologists have called the occupants Anasazi, a Navajo word translated as “the ancient foreigners.” Indeed, they created a place of cosmic magnitude.

Mesa Verde is well known in some circles for its paranormal activities and there have been numerous ghost sightings reported (for those interested there is plenty of material on the Internet). Such endeavours are outside our field so in the next post we will write about the history, culture and visual aspects of this amazing place.

Here are the first images we captured while driving along the winding road in the park but much more is coming.

Most images were shot with the X100S and Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8.

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17 thoughts on “Mesa Verde – The Ghosts of the Anasazi

  1. I was at Mesa Verde decades ago on my honeymoon. I shot Kodachrome at the time, and have some cherished images.

    I did not really explore the entire area, only the ruins, so I really look forward to more in this series. Now I want to go back!

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