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This photo was taken as we were going down the trail towards the Cliff House or sometimes called Cliff Palace. The people ahead of us will soon be leaving by the time our group gets to the Cliff House.

Mesa Verde is not only beautiful but it is very interesting place to me, being a Pilipino-American. Most of the ruins in America that I have seen were by the British, Spanish and other settlers. Mesa Verde is an area that has been the home to American Indians for 700 years. It is America's First World Heritage Site.

This ruin is the largest and best-known of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado. The site has 150 identified rooms and 23 kivas (social and spiritual room). Although this and other Mesa Verde sites are large and well constructed, the Cliff House demonstrates a long history of occupation and its architectural design is an aggregation of dwellings and storage spaces that developed slowly and randomly. Accurate archaeological information from this site has been limited due to several decades of digging and collecting at the turn of the Twentieth century.

Nikon D90
2009/06/01 08:47:12.00
JPG (8-bit)converted from RAW (12 bit)
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
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Lens: Nikkor VR 18-200 F/3.5-4.6G
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure Comp.: -0.5 EV
Shutter Speed: 1/160s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: More Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe sRGB)
Tone Comp.: High Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: High
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2009 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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