|Cliff Canyon on a March morning.|
The middle of March of a mild winter and I was searching for the very first signs of spring at 7,000 feet in Mesa Verde National Park.
A recent weak storm system had left the air clear and crisp in the morning sunlight. I began with a morning drive around the Mesa Top Loop road as well as the newly reopened for the season Cliff Palace Loop road.
|Cliff Palace, the crown jewel of Mesa Verde National Park.|
I stopped to make a panorama of Cliff Palace in soft morning shade. Then another for views of Cliff Canyon and the House Of Many Windows Ruin.
|House Of Many Windows, Cliff Canyon. They are actually doorways, not windows.|
Returning in late afternoon I made another panorama of Square Tower House, my favorite in the park.
|Square Tower House site on a March afternoon.|
|Square Tower House site, featuring the tallest structure in the park.|
|Hemenway House, from across the canyon.|
It would take massive road construction to reach even a fraction more than you can now. Instead, you get to see the most impressive sites, and the rest are protected for research.
|Balcony House from the Soda Canyon overlook.|
|Balcony House, with a long lens.|
|New spring growth, bunch grass.|
|Emerging leaves of Bitterbrush, Purshia tridentata (meaning three lobed, you can see some already).|
|Wrinkled pads of Prickly Pear Cactus at the end of winter.|
|End of winter coloration in Banana Yucca.|
Photo location: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
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