I’ve wanted to visit this outstanding and seldom-seen pictograph panel for a while, and at the end of last month I was finally able to make it happen. This Barrier Canyon Style panel is not very big, but there are many unique figures found here, including the dragonflies that this panel is known for. The figures may be small, but they are also very detailed. Besides the dragonflies found in this scene, there is also an elongated dog-like figure and a small rabbit-like zoomorph next to the larger anthropomorphs. When I first arrived at this panel, I was disappointed to find it half in the shade and half in the sun, which wouldn’t work well for photography. I stuck around for a while and examined the panel closely as the sun moved across the sky until the panel was fully in the shade. I spent an awesome day hiking to this panel and a few others nearby in a pretty remote area…it was great!
Click on the image above to view it larger on Flicker so you can see all the exquisite details.
I revisited the Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon again last month and took plenty of new photos. Here’s the first photo from that trip showing some of the many awesome figures found at the Great Gallery.
Since today is Veteran’s Day I’m going to post a photo of a panel near Moab that I visited last year on the same holiday. The Intestine Man Panel is a tough one to get a good photograph of, but it’s also a very unique and amazing panel that contains a lot of fine detail. If you look very closely you can find many small birds that are painted at this site, besides all of the intricate details found within the Intestine Man figure.
Yes, I purposely posted this photo at 11:11am on 11/11/11
There are many petroglyphs located above the confluence of Rochester Creek and Muddy Creek. This is a closer look of the main and most famous panel at the site. It contains Barrier Canyon Style elements, Fremont petroglyphs and probably some later Ute figures, too. There are also some very unusual creatures found in this panel that no one can seem to agree on who carved them! I have visited this panel a couple of times and I always notice something new on each visit.
This is a very faded Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel that I stumbled across this spring while searching for rock art near Moab. The most unique part of this panel is where it’s actually located. This panel is painted underneath a large overhang facing straight down towards the ground. There is not much room to slide underneath and get a view, which makes it tough to take a good photo of. The location of this panel makes me wonder if the sandy ground underneath it might have been much deeper at the time it was painted? If you would like to see the orientation of this pictograph panel under the large overhang, check out this photo my friend Jackson took of me while I was taking photos of it. This was a really cool find for me that I did not expect to come across. It’s amazing what you can find if you just keep searching!
Here’s another photo of the Skeleton Shaman which has got to be one of my all time favorite pictographs to visit. Not only are the pictographs interesting, but the condition of the panel is also excellent. This photo shows more of the shallow alcove that these magnificent paintings are located in.
Here’s a large Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel that I found in the Book Cliffs this spring which unfortunately has been heavily vandalized and chalked over the years. This photo shows an overview of the main panel in the large shallow alcove that it is located in. I liked the way that the desert varnish frames this panel…..the figures almost blend in with the natural colors when viewed from a distance. The largest anthropomorphic figure appears to have a snake in place of one of it’s arms. Around the corner there are a bunch of petroglyphs carved into the sandstone, but the lighting was poor while I was there, so I will have to return another time to try and photograph those.
This is part of a large panel found in Short Canyon that has more recent petroglyphs, that are most likely Fremont in origin, pecked over some unique pictographs that may be Barrier Canyon Style.
This photo is a nice overview of much of the Birdcage Panel. I really like the intriguing red and white figure that seems to be flying above all the other figures here. There are many unusual and interesting pictographs and petroglyphs located at this site. I enjoyed visiting and exploring the area.
Here’s another photo of the Birdcage Panel that shows more of the unusual figures that are found here. These are the three most prominent figures found at the site. The one on the left looks like a birdcage (or R2D2) which I believe is how this panel received it’s name. There’s also a few bird feet petroglyphs pecked into the wall which could have also helped with the name of the site.
This is just one of many very unusual Barrier Canyon Style pictographs found in a large alcove and known as the Birdcage Panel. This isn’t the only figure here with a small round head, but it certainly is the most prominent and can be seen from down canyon if you know where to look. I’ll be posting some more photos from this panel in the next few days.
The Lonesome Shaman floats alone above the canyon. I’ve visited this pictograph a few times and thought it would be good to finally post a photo on my blog of it since I visited it again on Saturday.
Here’s a closer look at some of the figures in the Horseshoe Gallery found within Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. The dog-like figure on the left is very interesting with toes painted on each foot. There are also plenty of handprint ‘designs’ found among the larger figures, too. I’m really hoping to make it back to Horseshoe Canyon in October to visit the sites found there again.
Here’s something a little different- my first panaramic, or should I say panelramic photo that I have posted on the blog. I knew before visiting this panel that it was going to be a tough one to photograph, and it was. There are some very unique anthropomorphs found in this Barrier Canyon Style panel with interesting interior designs. This is my first attempt at bringing out the details in this photo. I may try a few more techniques in Photoshop to try and bring it out more when I have a chance. It’s an awesome panel that you can see had a lot of detail at one time, but unfortunately it’s just not in that good of shape anymore. Make sure to click on the photo to view a larger size on Flickr so you can get a better look at all the details here.