Ancient Home

This is a section of the ancient pueblo ruin known as the Long House in Mesa Verde National Park. You have to be a part of a tour to get this close to the ruins, but the small secluded groups allow for a more intimate look at how this ancient civilization lived and thrived in…

Adriatic Fortress

The medieval walls that surround the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia have stood on the edge of the Adriatic Sea for centuries. Battered and beaten by the salty sea they are a testament to the ingenuity and the quality of the work that the men put into building this great fortress. Today, Dubrovnik is still a vibrant city with a…

Buddha of Bayon

This is the Bayon Temple Complex in the ancient city of Angkor Thom, located in present day Cambodia. To visitors this is an amazing work of ancient engineering, but to local Buddhists it is an active site of worship. Angkor Wat may be one of the best known and preserved ruins from the Khmer Empire, but…

Cambodian Roof Garden

I don’t think the ancient Khmer builders of the Ta Prohm Temple envisioned a garden forest quite like this one in their day. Ta Prohm is one of the many temples built by the Khmer empire in what is known as the greater Angkor Wat area, near present day Siem Reap, Cambodia. This silk-cotton tree’s base…

Window into a Lost World

This is a view through a window in Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. It’s easy to imagine the ancient Puebloan person who lived in this space, looking out this window at his or her magnificent cliff side community. Everyone here lived in such close quarters with their neighbors and each did their part to sustain this unique culture. It must have…

Long House

This is a small section of the pueblo cliff dwelling known as Long House. Cliff Palace may be the most famous and is considered the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde, but Long House is a very close second in size. Both are considered to have had 150 rooms each. Cliff Palace is a must see, but Long House…

Temple of Jupiter

This is what remains of the once great temple dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter in the ancient city of Pompeii. Jupiter was considered the leader of all the gods and ruled with his bolts of lightning. According to pompeiionline.net, the Temple of Jupiter was damaged by the earthquake that struck Pompeii in 62 A.D.  It was never fully repaired…

Cliff Palace

This is Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, arguably the most famous ancient ruin on the North American continent. It was discovered in 1888 by two cowboys searching for stray cattle during a snow storm. It was thought to be the city of a lost civilization. The cliff dwellings were created by the Pueblo…