I’ve been looking for this rock art panel for over a year and finally managed to find it over the Thanksgiving weekend. It took me three separate trips to find it, so I guess the third time’s the charm! I find it interesting that the petroglyph on the right is placed right over a larger pictograph which makes it really stand out. The texture on the ceiling of this overhang is just amazing, and I managed to visit this site at the right time of the day since there was some nice reflected light bouncing around.
Ancient ghostly figures painted on a wall overlook Thompson Canyon in the Book Cliffs.
This is one of my all-time favorite pictograph panels, and one of the reasons I originally became interested in rock art in the first place. When I took this photo I actually stuck my camera into a nearby tree to frame the pictographs with the out-of-focus branches. It took me a few tries to get something that I liked since I couldn’t use the viewfinder! I’m happy with the result 🙂
I’ve posted a photo of the Ascending Sheep panel before, but I was going through some of my photos from last year and came across this one that I hadn’t touched. I liked they way it was composed so I processed it and decided to post it up here. I’m glad this one didn’t get lost on my hard drive never to be seen again!
Since I’m home this weekend, I decided to re-process a few photos that I took earlier last year since my techniques have improved greatly since then. Here’s a photo I took last March when I visited the Yellow Comet Panel near Moab. I was really able to bring out the yellow pigment that is very hard to see even with the naked eye.
While exploring the San Rafael Swell last month, I came across this small but very detailed pictograph panel. It’s not the best preserved site I have ever been to, but there’s still enough detail here to see what’s going on. The figure on the left has it’s arms outstretched just like the main figure in the Ascending Sheep Panel. Looking closer, this figure might even have the same bighorn sheep head and snake tongue, too? The next figure on the right appears to be playing a flute and there seems to be a very skinny snake above them both. What a very cool site!
When I arrived at this site it was in direct sunlight and didn’t photograph very well, but I liked this panel so much that I hung around for about an hour until the panel was completely in the shade. I’m glad I did because my photos turned out much better.
This photo shows part of a Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel found in one of the most unusual places, as it is found inside a large hollowed-out boulder. Once you stick your head inside (or your whole body since it’s big enough), you are treated to a spectacular 360 degree display of ancient paintings. The main solidly-painted figure in the photo above seems to be holding no less than five snakes in it’s outstretched hands and then there is the dotted-figure next to it with a fringed bottom. Below these main figures you can see many of the other intriguing figures painted here in red and yellow pigment. This is a very interesting site that I would like to visit again when I am not rushed for time.
Here’s a small Barrier Canyon Style petroglyph found near Moab in an area containing many newer Ute petroglyphs and pictographs that I visited on Saturday. The decorations on the torso are very interesting and so is the dotted circle around the top portion of this figure. It also appears to have one leg extending down from the torso.
This is one of my favorite photos taken at The Perfect Panel on my trip there this spring. This panel is also known as The Hitchhiker because from a distance it appears that this anthropomorph has an extended thumb. Looking closely you will see that there is actually a small zoomorph just below the lower finger. Very interesting!