Colorado

I have never spent an extended period of time in Colorado, a few days here - a few days there - but over time those trips have ended up representing a network of travel across the state which is pleasing to me.

The Bird Videos - Canada and the United States page on www.bobbarnes.us has an index to the volumes 1 & 2 of Birding the Western U.S. and Canada - those volumes include material from Colorado (see United States & Canada page on this website).  There is also a video portfolio of bird species, which includes material from Colorado, The Birds of the United States and Canada.  

The Birds of Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, USA photo gallery has a number of photographs taken in Colorado.  The Flora of Colorado & Utah, USA photo gallery covers that area of natural history.  

Rock Art - Colorado photo gallery contains images of pictographs and petroglyphs from the Canyon Pintado National Historic District.  The Colorado, USA - Early Sites photo gallery contains photos from Escalante Pueblo; Dominguez Pueblo the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, and Mesa Verde National Park.

In the far northwest of the state there is Dinosaur National Monument, and it is not all about dinosaurs, this is big canyon country.  The following video and one other - Echo Park Campground to Harpers Corner Road - Via Echo Park Road are road videos taken in the monument.

Photographs from Hovenweep National Monument, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Comanche National Grasslands, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, etc. are found in the Colorado photo gallery.  Photographs from that part of Hovenweep which is in Colorado are found in the Utah - Hovenweep photo gallery.

From a post entitled: American Ancients

I have been on a road trip through the Southwest of the the United States.  The trip was for two primary reasons, one to photograph sites of the American Ancients and the other was to scope out the possibilities for relocating our effort to that area.  On both counts we were successful and look forward to a new series on the American Ancients and to living and working in that area in the future.

I revisited (May 8, 2007) an old love on this trip - maize.  As a senior undergraduate I took a number of Archeology and Anthropology Seminars - being thoroughly discouraged with my major.  Those seminars have ventured with me to many wonderful places and through many exciting and enriching adventures.

Mesa Verde Corn
Mesa Verde National Park Colorado

Among the papers I wrote at that time was one on the domestication of maize and how it had spread through the Americas from its origin in Mesoamerica.

Specimens of corn from eight hundred years ago (see above photos taken at Mesa Verde NP, Colorado, USA) clearly demonstrate the high level of domestication which had occurred by that time.  Domestication of corn, followed that of squash and started about 6,000 years ago.  Most exciting for me, however, was the evolving evidence that maize may have been domesticated from a subspecies of teosinte (a wild grass) instead of from a hybrid between teosinte and a species of Tripsacum.  Seems the world has not stood still since my senior seminars.



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