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If your interested in photographing ancient Native American ruins the four corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona is a great place to start. Mesa Verde in Colorado was the first place I visited about 30 years ago. Mesa Verde is a National Park and was established on June 29, 1906. It was discovered in the late 1800"s and much of it was plundered before archeologist could come in and review it. The area was inhabited by the Anazasi Indians or what is now called Ancestral Puebloans. It is felt that they inhabited the area for more than 700 years.(550A.D. to 1300 A.D.) Currently Mesa Verde has over 4,700 archaeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best-preserved dwellings of there kind. Two other sites I would recommend is Hovenweep and Betatakin.
Once you get the bug you might want to venture out and discover some of the less known ruins on your own. Who knows you might discover one that hasn't yet been identified. I have hiked through several of the canyon area's in Utah. The red sandstone dwellings blend into there surroundings and you can walk by them without seeing them if your not carefully scanning the cliffs. Along with many of these dwellings are ancient artwork called Petroglyphs its such a thrill to discover them. Usually you are alone and with nature as you venture back into these areas. Just sit and listen calling on your imagination as to what must have been going on back in ancient times.
If interested in going out on your own Google cliff dwellings or Anazasi ruins to get a start and go from there. If you decide to go out on your own please be respectful of the area and be prepared with a day pack and the necessities required for hiking. These ruins are very fragile so please step lightly and use good judgment. Please make sure that you don't remove anything from these ancient sites.
Have a great trip and be careful out there.
We missed our annual Fall trip to GTNP so we decided at the last moment to go for a four day weekend. We have never been in the park in November but saw a window of clear weather and took off. The upside of the trip was our lodging was half price and many of the restaurants were BOGO. The downside was several of our favorite restaurants were closed between the Fall and ski season to do repairs etc.
The weather was beautiful in the 60's with clear blue skies and no precipitation. The downside no clouds for scenic shooting. The Moose were out in the sage flats and stayed out for a good part of the morning. We counted 17 bulls in one morning so the moose shooting was great. We also saw elk, buffalo, mule deer and several species of smaller animals and birds. We took a quick trip up to Yellowstone but the wildlife viewing was not that great. We missed the Grizzly sightings by two days which was a bummer but over all it was a great trip. How can you go wrong in such a beautiful place.
I've had a few inquiries about the Fall color in Colorado. The local news just reported snow and high winds tonight in some of the prime areas of color. This can make for some great photography as storms break up and allow various light conditions that can be exceptional. Don't forget to take your polarizer with you. I will be heading up to Peak to Peak highway and Rocky Mountain National Park within the next couple of days and will give you an updated report. For reports around the state go to exporingexposure.com/Colorado-fall-color-resources or google Colorado Fall Color Report.
Enjoy your time and stay safe.
I recently added a group of images titled "Arches National Park". Arches is one of my favorite parks to photograph . It was designated a National Monument in 1929 and a National Park in 1971. It consist of 76,359 acres of monoliths, arches, stone bridges, large sandstone pipe organs shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. Most of the formations are made of soft sandstone which erodes by wind and water. It is continually changing and at least 43 of these formations have fallen since 1977. In order to qualify as an arch it must be at least three feet in one direction. Last count I saw published was 2,000 qualified arches the greatest concentration in the United States.
The Icon of the park is Delicate Arch looping 65 feet out of an orange out cropping. The hike is somewhat strenuous but given enough time its well worth it. For photography purposes the best time to be there is sunset. if the light cooperates its a breath taking sight. Other note worthy arches and formations are Courthouse, Three Gossips, Park Avenue, Turret, Tower of Babel, Landscape, Balanced rock, the Windows section, Skyline Arch, Devils Garden, and many others. If your fortunate enough to be there right after a rain storm the light is usually fantastic.
Arches is located in Utah and the town of Moab is the gateway town. Moab has changed over the years since I have been going there. Its much busier and has become more tourist oriented. Still a great town to visit. There are many other places to visit when in the area. Canyon Lands, Dead Horse Point State Park, canyons with Anasazi ruins and other points of interest.
If you visit and plan to camp there are several areas you can camp in including the Park itself. Last I knew the Park camping was on a first come basis but I would call and check that out. The Park is open 365 days a year but can be mighty hot during the summer months. My favorite months to go are March-April and October-November. Its a great hiking park remember to take water and be careful as the sandstone can be slippery.
I HAVE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS CONCERNING BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AND WHAT IS MY FAVORITE LOCATION. ONE OF THE PREEMINENT SITES IN THE USA AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. IT IS LOCATED ABOUT 20 MINUTES SOUTH OF SOCORRO, NEW MEXICO AND IS A 90 MINUTE DRIVE SOUTH OF ALBUQUERQUE. THE BEST WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS BETWEEN MID OCTOBER - DECEMBER WHILE THE BIRDS ARE MIGRATING. ON ONE OF OUR VISITS MY WIFE AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ASSIGNED TO A RANGER AND ESCORTED INTO SOME OF THE PRIVATE FEEDING AREAS IN THE REFUGE. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND ONE WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
THE PRIMARY BIRDS ARE THE SANDHILL CRANES AND SNOW GEESE. THEY APPEAR BY THE THOUSANDS. OTHER SPECIES THAT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PHOTOGRAPH ARE EGRETS, EAGLES, TURKEYS, ROAD RUNNERS, DEER AND MANY TYPES OF WATERFOWL AND OTHER BIRDS. THE PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET.
THE FLYOUTS AT SUNRISE AND RETURNS AT SUNSET ARE REMARKABLE. BEST PLACE FOR SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY THAT I FOUND WAS THE FLIGHT DECK. THE FLIGHT DECK IS A LARGE PLATFORM EXTENDING OUT INTO THE LAKE.
AROUND DAWN THE FLYOUT TAKES PLACE AND THE SOUNDS YOU WILL HEAR BY THOUSANDS OF GEESE TAKING OFF AND CIRCLING AROUND IS A SIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET! MIDDAY THE FLOCKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE NORTH END OF THE FARM LOOP. THIS IS A PART OF THE 15 MILE LOOP THROUGH THE RESERVE. YOU CAN DRIVE AND PARK ALONG THE ROAD AND A LOT OF YOUR IMAGES CAN BE TAKEN FROM YOUR CAR. A BEANBAG LAYED OVER YOUR CAR WINDOW OPENING IS A GREAT ACCESSORY TO HAVE.
FOR EQUIPMENT I WOULD RECOMMEND A GOOD TRIPOD WITH A WIMBERLEY TYPE HEAD FOR SHOOTING BIRDS IN FLIGHT, YOUR LONGEST LENS, AND A FULL FRAME BODY AND LENS FOR CAPTURING THE BIRDS FLYING INTO THE SUNRISE ETC.
AN ORGANIZATION CALLED FRIENDS OF THE BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR TRACK AND POST SIGHTINGS WITHIN THE REFUGE. ITS A GREAT PAGE TO SEE WHAT IS CURRENTLY USING THE REFUGE. YOU SHOULD LOOK THIS UP BEFORE GOING. http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/
EVEN IF YOUR NOT INTO PHOTOGRAPHY THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR BIRD WATCHING. ITS AN EXPERIENCE THAT YOU WON'T FORGET.