( Mesa Verde )
( Mesa Verde )
[ Random travel notes, not in sequence: northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, west Texas ]
Cliff dwellings facing west.
Mutton grass in wind. The
curling two lane.
Junipers abound. Blue
berries. Guide says they're used
to flavor gin.
And seasoning once, for
Rice grass, too, popped
or fried, food for
mule deer. Bitterbrush.
Uses. Bark for kiva roofs,
menstrual pads, diapers.
Pine pitch waterproofing
baskets, smoothed along
arrow shafts, wood handles.
Scarlet gilia, fendler, yucca.
Rope, cord, snares, & belts.
Plant flesh, man flesh, earth.
Sandals, roots, syrups. The
small white moth in the
Intellectual, explorer, thief,
Gustaf Nordenskiold published
The Cliff Dwellers on the Mesa Verde
P Permanent resident
S Summer resident
W Winter resident
T Transient (this also includes a summer visitor, post-nesting
wanderer, and an elevational wanderer)
X Breeding unknown
? Breeding postulated
N Not seen in the park in the last 10 years
Wood stork, Snow Goose, Ring-billed Gull, Franklin Gull, Marbled Godwit,
Ptarmigan, Pheasant, Chukar, Gambel's Quail, White-breasted Woodpecker,
Three-toed Woodpecker, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Red Crossbill, Bobolink, Water Pipit, Swainson's Thrush, Sage Thrasher,
Phainopepla, Nashville Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Grace's Warbler, Common
Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Painted Bunting, Lincoln's Sparrow, Harris'
Spoarrow, Fox Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, and Song Sparrow.
The Animas flows
here we picnic
And by what's left of the Pecos
from Gleanings / fragments / addendum december 2013