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.
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.
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.
I waited to post a new photo this year until I had taken some new photos this year. I wanted to start the year out right and not just post something I took last year. Since I was out searching for rock art near Moab on Saturday again, I finally have something new. This is a panel I have searched for on three different occasions. I knew the general location, but just could not find the route to the area I needed to be in. I guess the third time is the charm, since I finally made it there. Next time I will need to bring my long lens since it was located high on the cliff wall and I had to crop this photo pretty good.
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!