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The Golden Granary

The Golden Granary

A small and little-known granary hidden on Cedar Mesa. The afternoon light reflects off the sandstone below and bathes this well-preserved ruin in golden light.

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Bighorn Ruins

Bighorn Ruins

Last weekend I probably took my last trip to the desert for a little while until things cool down a bit again. While I was out exploring some remote canyons of Cedar Mesa I visited these interesting ruins with a few pictographs of bighorn sheep nearby.

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Remnant Ruin

Remnant Ruin

Here’s an interesting ruin with the remnants of a pictograph panel above that I visited this last weekend as I explored more of Cedar Mesa. Not shown in this photo are two other small parts of the pictograph panel to the right that still remain on the wall. That could mean it was possible that the pictograph panel above this site was much larger than the remaining sections. I wonder what it looked like when it was still fully intact?

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The Birthing Panel

The Birthing Panel

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.

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Duckhead Man

Duckhead Man

I finally got to return to this amazing petroglyph of a duck-headed man this morning. The last time I visited this panel was a few years back…before I even owned a DSLR. At the time I just took a few snapshots with my point and shoot camera and then moved on. I have wanted to return for quite some time so that I could get a better photo, but it just never seemed to happen…until today!

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Painted Granary Ceiling

Painted Granary Ceiling

It’s been a little while since I have updated this blog, so I’m sorry about that. Things have been crazy these last few weeks but are finally getting back to normal…which means I can start getting out and exploring the backcountry in search of rock art and ruins once again. As a matter of fact, I just spent the weekend on Cedar Mesa in search of the specific ruin featured in the photo above. As you might have guessed, I did manage to find it!

This well-preserved ruin is nestled in the back of a deep alcove which has helped protect it from the elements and kept it in good shape. The most unusual part of this ruin is the painted pictographs on it’s exterior. I can’t recall seeing anything else like it which makes this one pretty unique. Because of the photogenic alcove this granary was located in, I had a lot of fun taking photoso of it from all different angles, so I’m sure I’ll be posting other photos of it in the future. This photo was taken to emphasize the curved lines and golden color of the smoke-stained ceiling of the alcove above the ruin.

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Handprints & Torsos

Handprints & Torsos

The Green Mask Alcove in Sheiks Canyon contains many fine basketmaker pictographs including the well-known Green Mask. It also contains a large panel known as the Breech Birth Panel. This is a section of that panel containing many handprints and a few large-sized anthropomorphs.

Shield Bearers

Shield Bearers

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.

Horsecollar Ruins

Horsecollar Ruins

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.

White Man Alcove

White Man Alcove

A few weekends ago I went down to Natural Bridges National Monument with my friend Jackson so that we could search for some rock art and ruins. This particular pictograph was one of the main sites I was looking for on this trip. We actually ended up finding everything I was hoping to find while we were down there. It was a great trip!

Kachina Bridge Ruin

Kachina Bridge Ruin

It’s been a little while since I posted a photo of a ruin on the blog, so here’s a photo I took this past weekend while exploring Natural Bridges National Monument. This small ruin is located near Kachina Bridge and there are some pretty cool pictographs and petroglyphs nearby as well. If you look closely inside the ruin, you will see small anthropomorphs painted inside.

Striped Roof Granary

Striped Roof Granary

Let’s finish up the week with another ruin that I came across in the spring while hiking in Mule Canyon. While most people are familiar with the House on Fire ruins located in the same canyon, there are plenty of other ruins to visit….and even some that can be pretty photogenic, too. While exploring this ruin, I noticed the sun reflecting off of the sandstone above the granary accentuating the different colors which is what I wanted to show off in this photo.

Big Man

Big Man

The Big Man Panel is a large Basketmaker pictograph panel found within Grand Gulch. The largest two figures found on the panel are the Big Man and Big Woman. This photo is a closer view of the Big Man.

Fallen Roof Ruin

Fallen Roof Ruin

The Fallen Roof Ruin is one of those iconic locations on Cedar Mesa that every landscape photographer seems to have a photo of in their portfolio. That distinction is well deserved since this ruin is built in an amazing setting and is very photogenic. It’s a very nice hike to visit this ruin and there is so much else in the area to see and explore!

Great Hands

Great Hands

I spent Memorial Day weekend exploring some new canyons of Cedar Mesa in search of ruins and rock art. One of those canyons was Fish Creek Canyon where I found this well-preserved set of reverse-handprints just above a large ruin. It was a great weekend of hiking and exploring!