Mesa Verde

By: Ylee , 10:05 AM GMT on May 26, 2013

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One of the best preserved monuments to ancient Native American culture and architecture lies near the Four Corners area of southwestern Colorado. Mostly built into sandstone alcoves and caves along south and southwestern-facing canyon cliffs, the Ancestral Puebloan people, or Anasazi, constructed adobe buildings with rooms and kivas. Some of these buildings, such as the Cliff Palace, had over 150 rooms, and housed over 100 people.



Most houses were much smaller, and only housed 1-5 people. Large or small, the cliff dwellings were set up to maximize water usage efficiency, leaving most of the mesas above for agriculture. The Anasazi made reservoirs for holding extra rain runoff, and made terraces to grow more corn with less erosion of soil.

However, even the careful planning of the Anasazi could not overcome a changing climate, and by 1300 AD, they were forced to leave their cliff homes for points south and east due to a 24 year drought. The Anasazi's decendants are now the Hopi in Arizona, and 19 tribes of Pueblo in New Mexico.

After the Anasazi left, Mesa Verde was mostly left alone until prospectors discovered it in the 1870s. Although treasure hunters looted many artifacts from the cliffs, archaeologists and preservationists lobbied the government to save the area, and their efforts were rewarded in 1906, when Theodore Roosevelt approved the creation of Mesa Verde National Park.

The cam below features Spruce Tree House, which features 130 rooms, and eight kivas. Home to an estimated 60 to 80 people, it measures 216 feet wide, and 89 feet deep!




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Good morning Ylee. Yes its the ungodly hour of 3 in the morning but what the heck, we can't sleep all the time can we. Gonna turn into a cat and nap when I can...LOL All cams look great, coonie at the feeder. I often wonder with all the corn those critters eat, if when it ferments in their tummies, do they get drunk...ROFLMBO Oh the silly thoughts that comes in one's mind at this time of the morning.Heee heee heee. Anyway have a great Monday dear one. Catch ya on the flip flop.
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Evening Ylee:
The only cam I could show up on is the Quadra (about 5 years ago - or so). We ran from a South-East wind/wave up to Harriet bay. I've been nervous a number of times on the water but I can count on one hand the times I have had to turn and run and that was one.
Come to think there were a few times when I did not need to turn - just run.
Good collection here.
Have a good shift.
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Welcome back to OT Ylee!! Only nine hours to go!! Great lineup of cams!!
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14. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting Ylee:
Good evening! Working OT tonight, so this will be brief! A pleasant evening, albeit muggy, so far, temps are in the 70s!

Cams that I can see(this computer doesn't show Glitch cams, but I may get to borrow the boss' computer later.), are looking good! Four coons have one lone deer surrounded at the feeder cam!

That's a relief, Sandi! I thought you were calling me a little girl, lol!

Thanks, Pros, WTS, and Rob! I try really hard to get cams that folks like!

Wab, I'd like to go and see Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and heck, anywhere west of Dallas would do for me! :' )

Hi, Briar! Even the Swaledale cam owner calls it Herriot Country!

Hi, Oz! Darling Harbor looks like a neat place to visit, with lots of stuff going on, and that's why I picked it!

Looks like birds to me, Shore, grounded by the inclement weather! The Kiwis seem to me a bunch that keeps their trash picked up!


3 racoons chowing down tonight .. working ??

I'd like to explore much more of the west too .. hopefully will do so in a few years when my wife retires and we can travel a little ..
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13. Ylee
Good evening! Working OT tonight, so this will be brief! A pleasant evening, albeit muggy, so far, temps are in the 70s!

Cams that I can see(this computer doesn't show Glitch cams, but I may get to borrow the boss' computer later.), are looking good! Four coons have one lone deer surrounded at the feeder cam!

That's a relief, Sandi! I thought you were calling me a little girl, lol!

Thanks, Pros, WTS, and Rob! I try really hard to get cams that folks like!

Wab, I'd like to go and see Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and heck, anywhere west of Dallas would do for me! :' )

Hi, Briar! Even the Swaledale cam owner calls it Herriot Country!

Hi, Oz! Darling Harbor looks like a neat place to visit, with lots of stuff going on, and that's why I picked it!

Looks like birds to me, Shore, grounded by the inclement weather! The Kiwis seem to me a bunch that keeps their trash picked up!
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My goodness - six squirrels and a cardinal at the Troy Leslie cam. Everyone looks pretty happy.

I've spent quite a bit of time in New Mexico, but I've never seen Mesa Verde. One of these days, perhaps. I'm anxious for daylight "over there" so I can see what Yorkshire looks like. It's a nice selection of cams. It almost looks like a flock of birds on the ground at Whanganui. I'd rather think it's birds than trash...
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Thanks for the new cams, love the Mesa Verde one have seen several TV shows about that area and would love to visit! We should be in Vancouver later this year so just a taste to spike our interest. Darling Harbour looks quiet but usually a wonderful place to go and so much to see around there. Looking forward to the Yorkshire one as like Sandi I used to live there but it is in darkness at the moment, (unlike Sandi I can't call myself a Yorkshire lass!)
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You did it again, Ylee! Your selection always has so much of interest. I especially like your featured cam/topic of the Mesa Verde pueblos.

I got curious about the Campbell River cam and discovered that the CA is not for California, but Canada. It's on the east side of Vancouver Island.

Even before I read Sandi's comment, I was thinking All Creatures Great and Small when I saw that pastoral Swaledale scene.
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9. whitewabit (Mod)
Ylee .. great new set of cams .. Have been to Mesa Verde and was a wonderful experience much to see in the area .. The light house is full with visitors today ..
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Very nice Ylee.
Two thumbs up!
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Nice set of cams, though I'll have to swing by tonight and check the 'far side' cams when they're light ;)
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Another wonderful set of cams! Great joy Ylee.
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Oh, dear! In Yorkshire we call folk who do something wonderful "a poppet". It is a way of showing great thanks.

Found in the "urban dictionary"

A word not to be used lightly, but one that expresses great respect and admiration for the person to whom it is directed.
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Glad you like it Sandi, but.....

poppet (plural poppets)

(informal) An endearingly sweet or beautiful child.
(informal) A young woman or girl.
Come 'ere, poppet!
The stem and valve head in a poppet valve.
A figurine or image of idolatry.
A doll made in witchcraft to represent a person, used in casting spells on that person.
(nautical) One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
(engineering) An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.


Which one am I? :' )

Time to go home! Be back on OT tonight!
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Oh, you total poppet!!
The Swaledale cam is stunning... I know that area well, having done my teaching practice in Healaugh (pronounce He-law) back in 1969.

Glad to see the sun is shining in "God's own County"!
Bug will love it... it will remind her of 'Herriot' :)

Great selection, old favourites and new.
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Hi, Alley! New Mexico is on my bucket list; perhaps some day I'll make it there! I'm sorry you had a bad night, though! I hope you feel better soon!
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Good morning Ylee. Nice bunch of cams this time. Glad you kept Troyleslie's cam. There are deer at the feeder now. Milos looks like its having nice weather. Love your take on the Mesa Peoples. Now you know why I love New Mexico, especially around the Albuquerque area. Anyway have a great day. I am off to take my meds then try to get a bit more sleep. Did not have a good night.
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I live and work in metropolitan Lewisport, KY. I like webcams, through which I can see the whole world!

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