Monday, May 2, 2011

Mesa Verde

We had a wonderful trip to Mesa Verde. The weather was sunny, chilly, perfect for hiking and seeing the sights.

We hiked down into several rugged, narrow canyons.

The terrain consists largely of juniper and pinyon pine.
*tent caterpillars of the Lackey Moth

Villages of the Ancestral Puebloans dating back 1400 years

The Pueblo People were said to have inhabited this site for 700 years.


under the limestone ledge

inside a kiva

Looking down into a kiva which were dug out chambers with log rooftops.

Kivas are and were used for religious or ceremonial purposes. The small circle next to the larger one is for the spirits of the underworld or water realm to pass through.

up and out of the canyon.
Though we used steps and ladders to wend our way through these sites the early inhabitants used foot and hand holds to climb in and out. It's rather mind boggling to think that food and water as well as any other necessity was brought in and out by climbing up and down these sheer, steep rock walls.

There was a wonderful museum, look at the amazing Navajo silver work.
*scorpion and walkingstick brooches

*these are early pieces but native american silver jewelry only dates back about 130 years.

shell bracelets

clay bowl

horned toad lizard

Early Hopi pieces

I loved this photograph of a silversmith at work.

I found lots of treasures, took a lot of pictures, saw astonishing sights, enjoyed food laughter and friendship. We drove a lot of miles and it feels good to be home reunited with family, fresh and ready for creating.

Thank you so much for participating in my little drawing, names went into a hat and the lucky winner is.............

Congratulations Carlene, please email me your address and I'll send you the signed copy of Billy Collins "The Trouble With Poetry"

Have a wonderful day all Happy May, xo Ro


  1. Thanks for the beautiful pics...welcome back! xx

  2. Wow!! Your photos in this & the previous posts really make me want to experience all of it for myself. You have such a sharp eye for focusing your camera on amazing sights (big & small) from the inspiring to the curious. The crazed looking taxidermy cat made me laugh. Taxidermy in general seems so strange to me. Thanks for showing us the sights!! xo

  3. oooh, I loved your pictures!
    I think I need to stop by and just give you a big I MISSED YOU ((((hugggggggg)))

  4. Wow! What a wonderful trip! It was so much fun coming along with you, glad to hear your back safe and sound and full of inspiration.

    Congratulations Carlene!

  5. Thank you Mona it's good to be back :)

    Hi Priscilla, wasn't that puma about the silliest thing you'd ever seen? Walt Disney style I'd say. I hope you go there some day WOW WOW WOW!

    Deb, I mussed you too especially your hugs!

    Hi Lori, it was inspiring and awe inspiring, I'm having fun playing with my new turquoise.

  6. kivas & canyons, shell bracelets & silversmiths...they are grande, oh my!


    i think a see a turquoise treasure with my name on it!

    I'd love to do that route in our vintage volvo!
    yee haw.

  7. Looks like you had a great time - Mesa Verde is so impressive. Looking forward to seeing your new work with your new treasures.

  8. You have to do it it Nancy that old pawn is everywhere. I saw SO much beautiful jewelry.

    Hi Sandi the whole trip was amazing. The geology is mind boggling.

  9. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I would love to return there....great photos, Ro--I have so many questions about that place and the people who chose to live and thrive there--it's not an easy place to thrive!

    Congratulations to Carlene--enjoy your poetry treasure!!!!!

    And turquoise!! Wowza!!!!