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 video portfolio of North American bird species, includes material from Colorado, The Birds of the United States and Canada.  

The Colorado photo gallery has a number of photographs of flora, fauna, and scenic sights in Colorado. This gallery contains photographs from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Comanche National Grasslands, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, etc. 

The Colorado photo gallery on my website contains images of pictographs and petroglyphs and structures from the Canyon Pintado National Historic District, Escalante Pueblo, Dominguez Pueblo, Dinosaur National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, 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.

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 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 photo 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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