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!
While hiking near Moab in search of new rock art a few weeks ago, we came across this large and impressive panel just as we were running out of light and needed to head back to the Jeep. This is a very cool panel containing a few interesting figures including the bighorn sheep with the large spiral tail. However, I have no clue what the largest and most prominent figure in this panel is? My first guess was a large bear because there are a few others around Moab, but after examining the figure closely, I really have no idea what it is. Feel free to comment with any guesses as to what it might be.
Here’s a very interesting petroglyph panel my friend Jackson spotted as we hiked and searched for rock art near Moab on Saturday. This panel is located very high up on a canyon wall, well above the canyon floor. We did try to find a way up to it, but were unsuccessful, so this photo was taken with my long lens from the canyon floor. One of the more unusual figures found in this panel is the large bird-like figure found in the lower left that appears to have outstretched wings. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Above the bird-like figure there is another large four-legged creature that could possibly represent a bear?
Here’s a small Barrier Canyon Style petroglyph found near Moab in an area containing many newer Ute petroglyphs and pictographs that I visited on Saturday. The decorations on the torso are very interesting and so is the dotted circle around the top portion of this figure. It also appears to have one leg extending down from the torso.
Since today is Veteran’s Day I’m going to post a photo of a panel near Moab that I visited last year on the same holiday. The Intestine Man Panel is a tough one to get a good photograph of, but it’s also a very unique and amazing panel that contains a lot of fine detail. If you look very closely you can find many small birds that are painted at this site, besides all of the intricate details found within the Intestine Man figure.
Yes, I purposely posted this photo at 11:11am on 11/11/11
This is a very faded Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel that I stumbled across this spring while searching for rock art near Moab. The most unique part of this panel is where it’s actually located. This panel is painted underneath a large overhang facing straight down towards the ground. There is not much room to slide underneath and get a view, which makes it tough to take a good photo of. The location of this panel makes me wonder if the sandy ground underneath it might have been much deeper at the time it was painted? If you would like to see the orientation of this pictograph panel under the large overhang, check out this photo my friend Jackson took of me while I was taking photos of it. This was a really cool find for me that I did not expect to come across. It’s amazing what you can find if you just keep searching!
I don’t usually post photos to the blog on the weekends since I am usually out exploring, but since I happen to be home this morning for just a little bit I figured I’d post a photo I took last night on a quick evening trip to Moab. This is my second visit to the Moab Maiden at night, so I wanted to try something a little different from last time. The Big Dipper was hovering just above the horizon, so I framed a shot with the Moab Maiden just below it. There’s just something that appeals to me with this petroglyph and night photography…..so I’m sure I’ll be returning again sometime in the future. Click on the photo to get to a larger view on Flickr.