Milky Way over Mesa Verde National Park
This nightscape image was taken at Morefield Campground in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Mesa Verde is famously known for it's incredible cliff dwelling ruins left by the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited this area between 750 to 1300 AD.
In the 13th century the area was hit by a long lived drought and unusual temperature extremes which brought a lot of stress on the people of the area. These factors lead historians and archaeologists to believe the Ancestral Puebloans were forced to migrate elsewhere to find a more habitable place to live. The civilization that existed in this area during the time of the Ancestral Puebloans was remarkable to say the least. They were master builders and pottery makers who shared a rich culture and way of life. Most of their society was fueled by the arrival of corn to this area which would have been farmed on the top of the mesas above the buildings and cities they built below the mesas in the shelter of natural overhangs. There are multiple ticketed hikes you can take in the park accompanied by very knowledgeable and friendly park rangers where you can tour the ruins. I highly recommend visiting this amazing area if you get the chance.
For more information about Mesa Verde and the Ancestral Puebloans check out these links:
Mesa Verde NPS Website: www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
Ancestral Puebloans Wiki:
~58 frame panorama 13 sec @6400 ISO
Camera: Canon 6D Hutech UV/IR Mod
Lens: Zeiss f1.4 Distagon 35mm at f2.5
Processing: Photoshop CC, PTGui