Mesa Verde National Park is a U.S. National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The park occupies 81.4 square miles and contains numerous ruins of homes and villages built by the ancient Pueblo people known as the Anasazi. The Anasazi made this stone village their home in the 1200s AD. It is best known for several spectacular cliff dwellings; structures built within caves and under outcroppings in cliffs. Cliff Palace is thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America. The Spanish term Mesa Verde translates as "green tableland".
This photograph was taken inside one of the Kiva's at Spruce Tree House, shot late afternoon. It was inspired by an award winging shot by Stephen Oachs which really made me want to give it a try, although I presume Stephen's was shot with a fisheye. However it was a bit of a hassle trying to get the Kiva all to myself as people were forever coming down the ladder and in the end it was all a bit rushed and I only managed a few frames. It was hot and dusty too with no room for the tripod, so all three legs were closed and I just held the tripod against the wall and hoped for the best. I only managed a couple of frames without people and this is a pseudo HDR image combination by adjusting the exposure in Lightroom and combining the output in Photomatix.
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde, CO
Canon 5D MII | EF 16-35mm | f/11 | 13 sec | ISO 100