Sorry for the lack of updates to the blog in the past month, but February was very crazy for me. I finally managed to get back out and search for some more rock art this weekend, so here’s a new photo that I took yesterday of a very cool panel that has a large sheep and a number of lines carved next to it. It was good to finally get back out in the desert and do some hiking!
Happy Labor Day! I thought it would be fitting to post a photo of The Birthing Scene petroglyphs found near Moab 😉 Even though this panel is commonly known as The Birthing Scene, it is believed that the main figure that appears to be giving birth might actually represent a woman with an enormous vulva which is found in protohistoric Ute rock art elsewhere.
Here’s a unique perspective of the Owl Panel located near Moab. This photos shows the main portion of the panel that includes the precision-carved owl petroglyphs along with a much larger life-sized anthropomorph. There appears to be two smaller bird-like figures and, of course, plenty of your typical bighorn sheep, too. This is an awesome panel that I really need to get back to again soon.
Rock Art depicting owls doesn’t seem to be very common, but the few pictographs and petroglyphs of owls that I have come across so far seem to really stand apart from the rest. This amazingly preserved petroglyph of an owl is carved high above the canyon floor near the Colorado River and Moab. It’s hard to see from below without the use of binoculars. It’s a steep loose climb to reach this panel, which contains many more petroglyphs than just this owl, but it’s well worth the climb so you can sit back and view this great site.
I’ve seen many bighorn sheep petroglyphs while out exploring the desert, but for some reason this one has always seemed to stand out to me. I consider it one of my favorite sheep petroglyphs, and have visited it a number of times. It’s carved on a canyon wall along Kane Creek near Moab that has many other petroglyph panels nearby, including some that are quite large and impressive- but for some reason I always gravitate back to this precisely pecked petroglyph (say that three times fast!).