Man and the Desert

Ruins of a long lost way of life

Ruins of a long lost way of life

Like many photographers I enjoy finding and photographing old stuff…old cars, old fences and old, dilapidated buildings. I’m attracted by the shapes, colours and textures found on and around these relics of a past time. They all offer interesting opportunities for making creative images.

And then there is really old stuff like the ruins left by the ancient people who occupied the desert near Coolidge, AZ. several thousand years ago. Now preserved as the Casa Grande National Monument these ruins and other archeological evidence discovered nearby offer a glimpse into the lives of a people who seemed to flourish in the climate of the Southwest Desert.

The Casa Grande Ruins are a wonderful example of an ancient people's building skills.

The Casa Grande Ruins are a wonderful example of an ancient people’s building skills.

When I visited the Casa Grande Ruins I was struck by the size of the ruins. How could these people erect such a large building? What tools did they use? How did they make the bricks used in this construction? Archeologists have attempted to answer these and others about the lives of these ancient people. I marvel at their ingenuity and creativity.

Today, the land here is flat and the ground is hard. Plants are quite far apart indicating that there is not much water in the ground. Archeologists have found evidence that these people were farmers. They developed a wide-scale irrigation system to support their crops.

Crops once grew on this flat dry desert

Crops once grew on this flat dry desert

As I wandered about this ancient site these are the questions I asked as I captured images that I hoped would show the ingenuity of a people that long ago thrived on the desert.

 

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