I’ve been looking for this rock art panel for over a year and finally managed to find it over the Thanksgiving weekend. It took me three separate trips to find it, so I guess the third time’s the charm! I find it interesting that the petroglyph on the right is placed right over a larger pictograph which makes it really stand out. The texture on the ceiling of this overhang is just amazing, and I managed to visit this site at the right time of the day since there was some nice reflected light bouncing around.
While this is not a very large petroglyph, it always catches my eye and makes me stop and stare every time I hike by it. With one arm up and one down, it seems as if it is saying hello and goodbye to me at the same time.
Here’s a new photo of a petroglyph panel near Moab that I have visited before. I just love the unique setting of this panel in the corner with the lichen covered wall to the side.
This is one of my favorite figures pecked along the Hidden Valley trail near Moab. I have visited this site multiple times and look forward to returning again in the future. It’s a great hike!
Since I am not able to visit the Solstice Snake today for the summer solstice I will go ahead and post another photo from this amazing experience from last year. For those that do not know about the Solstice Snake, on the summer solstice for less than two minutes an arrowhead of light appears near the head of this very large and well-executed snake petroglyph.
Selective focus on an amazing line of sheep petroglyph panel found in Hidden Valley near Moab. There are a few different lines of sheep located in the area, but this happens to be one of my favorites.
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!
Since I’m home this weekend, I decided to re-process a few photos that I took earlier last year since my techniques have improved greatly since then. Here’s a photo I took last March when I visited the Yellow Comet Panel near Moab. I was really able to bring out the yellow pigment that is very hard to see even with the naked eye.
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!
Yesterday I headed to Moab again to do a little exploring and hiking in the Arches National Park backcountry with a friend. For a change I actually wasn’t looking for any new rock art panels on this trip. I just wanted to get out and explore a new area. Of course, I still keep my eyes open and look for rock art whenever I hike, just in case I happen to wander by some…which is what happened on this trip. As we were hiking down a small drainage, I noticed an area that looked like it might contain some petroglyphs. After hiking up to it, I was excited and surprised to find this panel containing many sheep and a few large circles. There are also a few long-necked figures in the upper right, too.