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Big Elk Panelramic

Big Elk Panelramic

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.

High Fin Panel

High Fin Panel

Here’s a cool petroglyph panel located high on a sandstone fin. It was a little tricky to reach, but we were treated to an excellent view of the La Sal Mountains when we finally did make it to the top.

Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

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!

Exit Panel

Exit Panel

While searching Mill Creek Canyon near Moab for petroglyphs a few weeks ago, I spotted this panel high up above the canyon floor. After climbing up to it I found a way out of the canyon just beyond it. Sometimes I wonder if these panels mark travel routes in and out of these canyons?

Moab Rim Elk

Moab Rim Elk

While hiking the Hidden Valley and Moab Rim trails on Saturday we came across an excellent Basketmaker petroglyph panel that included this lone elk figure.

Spiral Tail Panel

Spiral Tail Panel

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.

The Hunter and His Prey

The Hunter and His Prey

Here’s a fun composition of two petroglyphs taken at the magnificent Owl Panel near Moab. It appears that this hunter is taking aim with his bow and arrow at the bighorn sheep at the other end of the petroglyph panel.

Out of Reach Panel

Out of Reach Panel

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?

Owl In the Corner

Owl In the Corner

Here’s a unique perspective that shows off the main figures found in the large Owl Panel near Moab. The largest figure is about five feet tall and all of these carvings are well executed and very well preserved.

Walking the Crack

Walking the Crack

A line of good-sized zoomorphs appear to be walking along the natural crack of this cliff face in Arches National Park. The first two figures appear to be bighorn sheep while the third one looks like it could represent an elk or a deer.

Decorated Anthropomorph

Decorated Anthropomorph

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.

Intestine Man Panel

Intestine Man Panel

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

Many Sheep

Many Sheep

This is a large petroglyph panel containing many sheep located near Moab. Aside from the ‘many sheep’ that make up this panel, there is also a very interesting figure located on the very left that appears to have a tail?

Face Down Panel

Face Down Panel

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!

Under the Dipper

Under the Dipper

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.