Here’s a large panel of red pictographs found on Cedar Mesa known as the Red Bear Panel. When I first came across this impressive panel, I was surprised as just how large the bear in the middle was. This photo doesn’t do it’s size justice. While bear petroglyphs are pretty common around Western Colorado and the Moab area, I can’t recall seeing any other bear imagery on Cedar Mesa before?
A few weekends ago I was hiking down in White Canyon within Natural Bridges National Monument with my friend Jackson when I was finally able to visit the Horsecollar Ruins. This set of ruins are named ‘horsecollar’ because of the unusual shape of the doorways on these two structures. I thought this photo looked good in black and white.
Let’s take a break today from my Arizona trip photos so that I can post up a photo of a ruin. I visited Cave 7 back in January of this year, and it was an amazing experience. For those who are unfamiliar with the history of Cave 7, check out this trip report on my blog that has a little bit of information and history on the site. This is the remaining wall of a structure that was built in part of the very large alcove.
Here’s another pictograph panel I visited over the holiday weekend. I’ve been waiting for the Salt Creek Road to open up for a while, but the weather just has not cooperated, so I decided to finally hike to Peekaboo. I thought that this photo of the Anasazi shield-like figures looked good in black & white. If you look very closely, you can see the very faint Barrier Canyon Style figures that these were painted over.
While out hiking in the San Rafael Swell yesterday we visited an interesting Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel known as the Barnes Panel. Unfortunately, this panel has not held up to time and the elements very well and is very hard to see (especially in a photo). The above photo was enhanced using a program called DStretch. I have known about this program and it’s use to enhance faint rock art for a while but never took the time to play around with it. This is one of my first attempts with DStretch and it appears to have brought out quite a bit of the very faint detail in this panel. After the enhancement I converted the photo to black and white since DStretch changes the colors in the photo dramatically. In the enhanced image you can admire all of the fine details in this panel that are barely visible to the naked eye. Below is the image I ran through DStretch and pretty accurately represents what you can see in person.