Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Three Muses - Architecture

Elaborate stone cities were built into the sheltered recesses of canyon walls in SW Colorado in the 1200s, discovered by Richard Wetherill, a rancher, in 1888. By 1300, Mesa Verde was deserted, commonly believed to be because of a prolonged drought. The intricacy of these stone cities is remarkable. Thank you for indulging me in paying homage to their architects, and to Don Blanding, one of my favorite poets, who wrote of them so eloquently.

19 comments:

  1. Wow- I have always wanted to visit this kind of site -is it the Anasazi? You have transported me there with this beautiful visual piece Bev and a wondrous poem to guide me. Wonderful entry!

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  2. Wow! 2 of my favorites! Mesa Verde... it's such an incredible place... and poetry... and this one is beautiful. This is a very powerful piece.

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  3. There is nothing like these cliff face buildings on MY continent but, for some reason, I have always held a fascination for them. The one question on everyone's lips will never be fully answered - how did they do it?
    Bev, your picture is beautiful and the poem is perfect for the theme. Great idea, great artwork.

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  4. Exceptional creation, Bev, love how the poem & your art go so well together, good choices!

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  5. Oh wow what a fantastic idea Bev.
    So great place. Love them.

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  6. Amazing - thank you for the history Bev! It reminds me of the Caves in southern Spain, which are inhabited to this day... Andalucis is a very varied region!!
    That's a great poem, roo... =)

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  7. Wonderful piece, Bev - it really makes one think about the people who made these fantastic sites long ago.

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  8. I was so impressed by your poem and stone cities that I almost overlooked the Aboriginal/Indian !
    A fascinating and magical touch of this weeks challenge Bev !!
    *****
    I don't now how long it will take me this evening but I have to see ALL entries.

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  9. How wonderful...Mesa Verde is a powerful place! And the poem is super, I've met another poet I'm not familiar with through your beautiful piece, Bev! Thanks! LynnF

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  10. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.............................................

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  11. Bev you taught me something today, as I didn't know about this architecture and its story AND the poem is beautiful and illustrates your piece so well. Brilliant job my friend.

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  12. Bev this is so beautiful, if you have seen these buildings in person they are truly magnificent. Wonderful... Christen

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  13. both the picture and the poem are so wonderfully matching!! great piece, bev!

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  14. Lovely piece, Bev, and thanks for the info, how interesting. Took me a little while to spot the face, but love the subtlety of it!

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  15. Oh, what a great art work and very interesting story. One place more to my "must see" -list. I don't know if I ever have a change to see everything I want to, but I can always dream... :)

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  16. It always astonishes me to see pictures of places like these dating back to such a long time ago..how DID they do it is right! Amazing! Love the way you remembered such a place.

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  17. bravo your collage is so so wonderful. you make us dream of beautiful journey.
    thank you for your pleasant message on my blog. I m so happy to go there
    :)

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  18. This is a beautiful piece of artwork! I think it would look great framed.

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