One-toothed cliff dwelling in the Canyon of the Ancients. . .
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Pink Floyd, “Hey You”
At Mesa Verde, some cliff dwellings simply can’t be saved. For these structures, you can sit off to the side and watch the buildings collapse, stone by stone, in real time.
Cliff Palace reflected in a mud puddle
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot immense panoramic photos of ancient ruins? And then I will hang them in my yoga room and meditate while listening to flute music. And then I will also pretend that I belong to an ageless race of wise and peaceful aliens who shun both technology and violence. And I will join my alien brothers and sisters on frequent transcendental journeys across the galaxy in which I explore the universal consciousness, wearing only a loin cloth and flip-flops.
Ranger explains important topics like water shortages, food scarcity, climate change, pandemics and tribal warfare. Luckily we don’t have to worry about these problems today.
Not only are the cliff dwellings collapsing at Mesa Verde, so are the alcoves above the cliff dwellings. In this photo, the park attempts to stop entropy with a well-placed steel rod (lower left).
Just what every cliff dweller needs… stairs.
These floating doors in Oak Tree House are visited more by birds than humans