Two weekends ago when I was exploring Cedar Mesa I visited The Birthing Panel. I really don’t think any explanation is necessary about what they were probably trying to convey in these petroglyphs.
Here’s a very interesting panel I came across while exploring Mill Creek Canyon near Moab last month. I have named this photo Moab’s Ascending Sheep because the long line of sheep here reminds me of the Ascending Sheep Panel in the San Rafael Swell. The large and small anthropomorphs appear to be wearing some kind of headdresses, but I cannot tell what they represent? There is also a sunburst-type petroglyph to the left of the large anthropomorph. Not only do I like the parallel lines found in the sandstone, we managed to find the panel as the sun was setting over the opposite rim of the canyon, giving the panel a nice orange-yellow color. We couldn’t have timed this visit any better!
Since it’s Christmas I thought it might be fitting to post a photo of the petroglyph known as Santa’s Sleigh. I took this photo earlier this month after spending the day exploring Mill Creek with my friend Jackson and finding many other new petroglyph panels. We drove by it just as the last rays of the sun for the day were striking it and I just had to stop for a quick photo. I’m sure you can figure out where this panel got it’s name from just by looking at it. Happy Holidays!
While hiking near Moab in search of new rock art a few weeks ago, we came across this large and impressive panel just as we were running out of light and needed to head back to the Jeep. This is a very cool panel containing a few interesting figures including the bighorn sheep with the large spiral tail. However, I have no clue what the largest and most prominent figure in this panel is? My first guess was a large bear because there are a few others around Moab, but after examining the figure closely, I really have no idea what it is. Feel free to comment with any guesses as to what it might be.
While searching for some other petroglyphs in Natural Bridges National Monument a few weeks ago, Jackson and I climbed up and found this pictograph panel, which was an unexpected surprise. These white shield-bearing figures are painted over some old petroglyphs. Actually, while searching this area for more rock art we found plenty of very faint petroglyphs that didn’t photograph very well. When we first arrived at this site, the shadow of a nearby tree was casting it’s shadow on part of the panel. We stuck around until the shadow finally moved off the pictographs so that I could get a better photo. It was a nice find.
Here’s a close look up a large ladder petroglyph that I was searching for on my last visit to Comb Ridge. This is the first petroglyph of a ladder that I have found, and it’s pretty cool. It looks like the ladder and some of the other figures were carved over some much older petroglyphs. I can’t help but wonder if this ladder is some sort of communication about the very high and almost inaccessible ruin that is found further up the canyon?
A few weeks ago I spent a short day exploring Comb Ridge and revisiting a few sites I had been to before. One of the sites I revisited was The Procession Panel. This large petroglyph panel is situated near the crest of Comb Ridge and there are spectacular views over Cedar Mesa and Lime Ridge nearby. This petroglyph panel is named after the lines of small figures that appear to be in a ‘procession’ towards the large circle shown in this photo.
Here’s a very interesting petroglyph panel my friend Jackson spotted as we hiked and searched for rock art near Moab on Saturday. This panel is located very high up on a canyon wall, well above the canyon floor. We did try to find a way up to it, but were unsuccessful, so this photo was taken with my long lens from the canyon floor. One of the more unusual figures found in this panel is the large bird-like figure found in the lower left that appears to have outstretched wings. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Above the bird-like figure there is another large four-legged creature that could possibly represent a bear?