Bandelier National Monument lies inside Los Alamos, New Mexico, about an hour from Santa Fe. It is a long canyon formed by a feeder stream for the Rio Grande which has eroded walls of volcanic rock. The canyon itself is sloping hills and grassland to one side, but high and nearly vertical cliff faces on the other. It is in these that the Ancestral Pueblo People found shelter.
Pueblo People is the name given to a family of Native American groups who have lived in the area now occupied by Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Northern Mexico for millennia. Living in communities built from adobe brick and often augmented with dwellings carved from soft volcanic rock like this one, Pueblo Indians dominated the arid plains of the region as far back as 7000 BC. Predominantly hunter-gatherers at first, they engaged as well in agriculture.
Bandelier National Monument itself is named for Adolph Bandelier, an archaeologist and antrhropologist who did some of the early groundbreaking work on the Pueblo People. The Monument covers nearly 34,000 acres of land and is open to hikers and campers under the management of the National Park Service. There are many cliff dwellings preserved or reconstructed on the grounds; the one pictured is along the Loop Trail and is part of a three room dwelling that we took shelter in during a brief thunderstorm.
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-03 9:23
Great note presenting this unique archaeological site. Beautiful soft light and colours. I like your composition getting our regard up the ladder to this dark room.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-09-03 13:03
ben ripresa questa situazione con la diagonale d'accesso al luogo creata dalla scala,
Buona l'omogeneità della luce e dei colori,
bukitgolfb301 (36206) 2012-09-03 15:27
Hi dear Andrew
Yes that is a something mysterious image indeed.
18mm lens works very well. Very sharp and clear image as usual as your trademark. Thanks for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
mjw364 (7512) 2012-09-04 3:42
Nice use of leading lines of the ladder to take the eye nicely to the dark doorway placed well in the upper third. Well composed shot.
Have a good day
jemaflor (85374) 2012-09-04 4:10
Well presented in a vertical format, interesting result and original subject, perfect sharpness, tfs.
Oceania (4982) 2012-09-04 5:35
I think this part of US is the most beautiful region I ever visited.
Your picture shows us the architecture of ancient Native Americans. It's great!
zoomer (6) 2012-09-04 7:11
Hi,very artistic and dramatic presentation.POV and colors are excellent,looks almost like a painting.Best regard,Wolf.
Noel_Byrne (24840) 2012-09-04 14:25
Thanks again for your note, which is the perfect accompaniment to the image. I really like your composition, the ladder leading from bottom right, all the way through to the dark and mysterious entrance in top left, all set so well against the natural tones.
Great shot, thanks!
Best wishes from Ireland.
delpeoples (53167) 2012-09-10 3:27
Good choice with the vertical frame, the dominance of the natural earth tones, together with the textures is really attractive. You did well to compose the shot with the ladder coming out of the right-hand corner. Nice work.
thebest (4276) 2012-09-11 16:42
I really do love images like this one - such a simple pleasing shot - natural colours of the timber & rock with the green moss.
I like the angle of which you took this shot - well done.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-09-14 19:35
I really like the simplicity of this. Nice details and clarity in spite of a very limited colour pallet. Well composed.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7469)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Historical [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-03 7:30