Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More from Colorado Springs

"Manitou" means spirit and the land around here is filled with Spirit and spirits of all kinds.  There is a great deal of history here--both pre- and post-Columbian.  Gold mining frontier towns, pioneers, ancient Anasazi, and the more recent Utes, all lived here and left their imprints both physically and psychically.

Although we did not make it to Cave of the Winds, we did make it to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

Even though the exterior is impressive, some of my best shots were taken inside the cliff dwellings.

Metates for grinding maize.

Looking down into the kiva, sacred ceremonial space.
Some of the photos later turned out to have things in them that were not visible at the time the photos were taken.  Rather than being orbs, it looks more like spirit-fog.

Once again, the views are breathtaking.

Pinon pine and mountains
 The museum itself maintain the architectural integrity of the original dwellings.

There is art everywhere reflecting the rich cultural flavor of the American Southwest.

This model of the original dwellings graces the wall of the gift ship.

I am certain this is spirit energy.  There was no light shining directly into the lens and the room itself was dark within.

I wish to thank the spirits of this place for their connections to me and their appearance both in my photos and in my writing of Kokopelli.  Blessings upon you.

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