Ruins dwarfed by the majesty of Canyon de Chelly

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Comments (12)

Lecleire Jacques on April 2, 2008

Wow Marilyn look at this stone wall. So great. Can it be that in the past people lived in this houses.

Greetings, Jacques

Pepe Triton on April 3, 2008

Hello Marilyn. Beautiful textures. Congratulations. Greetings

gabortoth on April 3, 2008

Great composition and colours Marilyn, I guess these are some of the cliff dwellings of the Pueblo Indians. Gabor

Marilyn Whiteley on April 3, 2008

Thank you, Jacques, Pepe, and Gabor.

Yes, these cliff houses were built probably between 1100 and 1300; by 1300 most of these ancestors of the Pueblo Indians had abandoned them, perhaps because of a long period of drought.

While the cliff houses of Mesa Verde were often reached from the mesa above, these were reached from the valley below. (When you look at this high cliff, that will not surprise you!) There has been much erosion in the valley in the last 800 years, so the houses were much nearer the valley floor than they are now.

Greetings, Marilyn

pier luigi baglioni on April 3, 2008

Recently came a Genoa, Italy, a group of Native Americans Navajo guests of the municipality.

Marilyn Whiteley on April 3, 2008

Thank you, Pixelbug and pier luigi. And pier luigi, thank you for the interesting link.

skida on April 3, 2008

A perfect example for Larry's latest Phototip. Excellent picture and an example of what makes Panoramio my first call each time I log on.

Ryan Calhoun on April 3, 2008

Wonderful photo showing scale, Marilyn! The cliffs are truly massive. The rock has beautiful color and texture from any distance, and without the ruins, this section could easily be only a couple stories high, even with the treetops showing. This is like a 2-in-1 image, where you look and see something, then look again and see something else.

Richard Ryer on April 4, 2008

Greetings Marilyn, Another beautiful shot out of the south west. The canyon lands are beautiful and hold such mysteries.



Marilyn Whiteley on April 4, 2008

Thank you skida, Ryan, and Rich, and welcome to majestic Canyon de Chelly! One certainly needs some marker for scale here, for the canyon itself challenges the imagination.

Cheers, Marilyn

Dann Cianca on April 6, 2008

Beautiful country ... I will have to visit.


Marilyn Whiteley on April 6, 2008

Yes, Dann, you must. I'd love to see the results!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 2, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/03/13 13:32:41
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 9.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash