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N 137 B 4.3K C 34 E Nov 20, 2018 F Dec 4, 2018
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On an isolated peninsula of rock, 300 feet (90 m) above the canyon floor, a series of cliff dwellings provided shelter to Puebloan peoples around 800 years ago. The strategic location, which would have afforded protection, but required substantial effort to supply, suggests a group concerned with marauders seeking resources or worse from these people. As such this cluster of airy dwellings has been dubbed “The Citadel.” This particular dwelling looks out towards the canyon opening (Road Canyon) and Comb Wash, with views of distant Sleeping Ute Mountain, the Hesperus Peaks, and the Wilson group of the San Juan Mountains. The south-facing position of the dwellings in the alcove provided shade during the summer, but allowed some warmth from the sun in the winter.

This area of Cedar Mesa has been excluded from the Bears Ears National Monument by 45’s administration- why is not certain, as there’s clearly not much potential oil and gas or coal to extract here. Road Canyon is contained within a wilderness study area however, with substantial archeological value despite many relics having been pilfered by pot-hunters and hikers. Perhaps someday rational minds will bring back the original borders of the Bears Ears that had been negotiated after many years of negotiation among the various stake holders of this beautiful region.

two shot stitch

Tags:   The Citadel Cedar Mesa Bears Ears National Monument (in my mind) cliff dwellings Colorado Plateau Puebloan culture Utah

N 118 B 1.9K C 30 E May 24, 2019 F Jun 12, 2019
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I've come to hoot with you again....

A parental unit (probably the mother) of the sibling owls in the previous post, awaits the oncoming dusk and the nightly hunt.

Tags:   Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Boulder Colorado

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First light kisses cumulus clouds, the Continental Divide, and foothills of the Rockies above Boulder Colorado.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwKnfF1dlEc

challenge- see if you can find the Great Blue Heron in the shot

Tags:   sunrise Coot Lake Boulder Colorado Rocky Mountains

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Abstract brush strokes on a canvas lit by reflected light off a nearby wall- South Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, AZ

Tags:   South Coyote Buttes Vermillion Cliffs National Monument colorful sandstone Arizona

N 22 B 3.0K C 12 E Oct 5, 2013 F Oct 8, 2013
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Painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) sip nectar from Salvia flowers after the first hard freeze of the autumn. Painted ladies occur in almost every continent in temperate climates. They migrate seasonally to avoid sub-freezing temperatures in the winter and to assure an adequate food source.

Tags:   Painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui migration Boulder Colorado


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