Mesa Verde – Farewells and Photo Facts
Having now completed this 16-day photo assignment for the National Park Service at Mesa Verde National Park I’ve just returned to my studio in Ohio. I am deeply grateful to the National Park Service and both the staff and rangers at the park for the honor of serving as artist in residence and for their generous help in making my stay so comfortable and rewarding.
Frequently I’m asked about what long term photo assignments like this involve, especially things like the number of photographs made, hours worked, etc. Since I keep detailed records of these things, here is a chart of Quick Facts about this 16-day assignment.
Besides photographing, an hour or two each day is spent working on this blog. Since starting at Mesa Verde, I posted a total of 17 blog entries (7,500 words), 72 photographs, 4 slideshows, 3 interactive panoramas and 1 time-lapse movie. It is also my hope during the next few months to use those photographs and movies to create a 3-4 minute music video about the park that will appear here on the blog.
In closing, Mesa Verde National Park is a national treasure that recognizes the ingenuity, perseverance, culture and spirit of early native people. A visit to the park will leave memories that last a lifetime. It is also a place filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing plant/animal life and stunning colors. The park is located one hour from the nearest airport in Durango, Colorado, and within a day’s drive from larger cities like Albuquerque, NM (4 hours) or Colorado Springs, CO (6 hours). For more information on the park, visit Mesa Verde’s official website (click here) and if you go, please drop me an email and photo to tell me about your experience.