Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde was constructed between AD 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Puebloan peoples of the southwest.
The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 ceremonial chambers(Kivas) built into a natural cave measuring 216 feet(66 meters) at the greatest width and 89 feet(27 meters) at its greatest depth.
It is thought to have been home for about 80 people.
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arijitsaha (78) 2007-11-07 15:28
A good one... i think it would be better if you keep some blank land portion in front of the dwelling.
batalay (32864) 2007-11-07 17:03
Very good image, Robert, of the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. It has been many years since I've seen them, and I'm delighted to see them captured by a good digital camera.
Warm regards from Virginia,
gunbud (34052) 2007-11-07 19:57
Very clear image with lovel shadows adorning this ancient home carved out of the soft desert rock. The light moves generously through the opne windows as it must have some 800 years ago when this was a thriving community. Beautiful composition of this 13th century hotel.
bakes888 (18499) 2007-11-07 22:26
Hi Robert. Great photo. Excellent colours and detail. Well composed and thanks for sharing.
pablominto (53744) 2007-11-07 23:11
An interesting place, where they use the natural roofing to their advantage!
The angle of light adde depth to the structures, the situation is well framed with goodf details!
toto (0) 2007-11-08 4:19
Belle photo de ces ruines sous roche, je comprend facilement que personne ne l' ai entretenu pour continuer a y vivre, avec une pareille roche au dessus de la tete, je ne dormirais pas très bien. Belle netteté, jolis tons,belle prise.
paura (47166) 2007-11-08 5:11
Amazing place, friend. Excellent shot to show to us this ery interesting place. Very well composed shot with the big stonesin the background.
fulvio52 (8314) 2007-11-08 6:48
what I see here is a fine Mesa Verde shot.
Shooting at Mesa Verde is NOT easy, but you managed to catch the light at a pretty good angle without bleeching out those ruins.
Excellent compo, I love that huge, overhanging boulder.
Have a great day.
darrasin (2860) 2007-11-11 21:00
Hello Robert! Very good work here, the sharp detail in the stonework is well seen and instantly appreciated.Good idea to show a piece of the sky to anchor the shot and provide some additional color contrast.
John_F_Kennedy (41368) 2007-11-13 3:30
This place is superb and you composed your image well! Nice angle with good lightning.
Angshu (51174) 2007-11-14 1:22
Once again a post of veritable interest. The rock has been intelligently used as a roof to protect from the nature. the angle of capture is very good as it offers depth. The house is made from stones, but what is the plaster made of? IMO this place maybe deserves a stitch of two or more shots, since I do not know what more is there to the right. Good work!
pboehringer (770) 2007-11-25 23:02
Robert, the composition and light management is perfect. The diagonal of the rock shielding up the ruins is a very good one and yet I have the feeling that something is missing. Maybe someone to give some reference and life, but than this person would be in modern clothes, possibly jeans and snickers and that wouldn't fir into the image. Well, at the end you probably did the best out of it.
crckt (7216) 2007-12-01 14:32
Thanks for bringing this amazing structure. The ruins have been captured really well. The color is excellent.
maloutim (8616) 2007-12-09 1:07
Je n'aurais pas pensé qu'on puisse trouver de si anciennes demeures aux US! C'est bien la première fois que j'en vois une photo en tous cas! Merci de nous la faire partager avec la note très intéressante!
J'aime beaucoup la composition, avec cette ruine, protégée, ou menacée? par la falaise imposante.
La couleur rosée et éclairée de l'habitation contraste bien avec la falaise dans l'ombre! Plus une jolie note de couleur avec l'arbre vert et le ciel bleu!
jmcl (14535) 2008-02-14 19:20
I love the greens and the color of the stone is very nice .. overall a very nice view but I think I wish we were backed out a bit more so we could have more sense of the cliff .. but very nice.
dareco (17134) 2008-05-05 7:11
WOW! An incredible place!!! An interesting note as well. I really like the lighting and detail in this! TFS
jvachon (548) 2008-06-16 11:16
I have been to Mesa Verde and it is not an easy place to shoot photos.The sun is so intense and it is easy enough to bleach out the ruins. You have done well here in managing the light.
Good composition and POV.
jusninasirun (17138) 2008-06-26 8:30
Hello Robert. Thanks for coming by during your brief stop at home. This is very bright and well exposed texture. The ruins are in detail with excellent light and shadow management. Well done and best regards. Jusni
guillaumejm (0) 2008-07-20 5:49
Chez nous n dit que les gaulois avaient peurs que d'une chose : que le ciel leur tombe sur la tête. Je crois qu'ici les gens ont du développer une autre croyance!.
ikeharel (37378) 2012-06-29 4:52
The old built village under the massive rock, is an amazing archi. from ancient time's, taking guarding-purposes into considerations.
Side light shadowed a bit, but good clearity on elements collected.
- Copyright: Robert Deschenes (clic) (11033)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/6.3
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-07 15:18