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Rain Panel

Rain Panel

When I first visited this Barrier Canyon Style pictograph panel last year the light and shadows were pretty bad, so I didn’t end up with any decent photos. This time I made sure to stick around in the late afternoon for a better shot in the warm light.

Feet Panel

Feet Panel

Warm sunset light illuminates a petroglyph panel full of different kinds of footprints. Most of them appear to be sandal prints, although there is a bare footprint all the way on the far right side of the panel. There’s even concentric circles and zoomorphs thrown in for good measure.

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Wavy Arms Guy

Wavy Arms Guy

A fun little pictograph that I visited on a hike during a snowstorm in the San Rafael Swell. Luckily it was under a large overhang where I could get out of the snow and take a few photos.

Through the Tree

Through the Tree

This is one of my all-time favorite pictograph panels, and one of the reasons I originally became interested in rock art in the first place. When I took this photo I actually stuck my camera into a nearby tree to frame the pictographs with the out-of-focus branches. It took me a few tries to get something that I liked since I couldn’t use the viewfinder! I’m happy with the result 🙂

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Tiny Sheep

Tiny Sheep

I’ve posted a photo of the Ascending Sheep panel before, but I was going through some of my photos from last year and came across this one that I hadn’t touched. I liked they way it was composed so I processed it and decided to post it up here. I’m glad this one didn’t get lost on my hard drive never to be seen again!

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Sheep Whisperer

Sheep Whisperer

While exploring the San Rafael Swell last month, I came across this small but very detailed pictograph panel. It’s not the best preserved site I have ever been to, but there’s still enough detail here to see what’s going on. The figure on the left has it’s arms outstretched just like the main figure in the Ascending Sheep Panel. Looking closer, this figure might even have the same bighorn sheep head and snake tongue, too? The next figure on the right appears to be playing a flute and there seems to be a very skinny snake above them both. What a very cool site!

When I arrived at this site it was in direct sunlight and didn’t photograph very well, but I liked this panel so much that I hung around for about an hour until the panel was completely in the shade. I’m glad I did because my photos turned out much better.

Rochester Creek Petroglyphs

Rochester Creek Petroglyphs

There are many petroglyphs located above the confluence of Rochester Creek and Muddy Creek. This is a closer look of the main and most famous panel at the site. It contains Barrier Canyon Style elements, Fremont petroglyphs and probably some later Ute figures, too. There are also some very unusual creatures found in this panel that no one can seem to agree on who carved them! I have visited this panel a couple of times and I always notice something new on each visit.

45 Degree Rock

45 Degree Rock

45 Degree Rock is a well-known panel located at the base of Cedar Mountain in the San Rafael Swell. Most photos I have seen of this panel are of the complete boulder that they are located on, which sticks out of the ground at approximately a 45 degree angle. I went for a little different perspective here looking down the face of the rock. If you look closely, you can find the small hunched-over figure that appears to have a burden basket on it’s back.

Skeleton Shaman Alcove

Skeleton Shaman Alcove

Here’s another photo of the Skeleton Shaman which has got to be one of my all time favorite pictographs to visit. Not only are the pictographs interesting, but the condition of the panel is also excellent. This photo shows more of the shallow alcove that these magnificent paintings are located in.

Petroglyphs Over Pictographs

Petroglyphs Over Pictographs

This is part of a large panel found in Short Canyon that has more recent petroglyphs, that are most likely Fremont in origin, pecked over some unique pictographs that may be Barrier Canyon Style.

Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain

These three figures found on a large boulder at the base of Cedar Mountain in the San Rafael Swell are known as the Daisy Chain. There are a few other petroglyph panels found in the area that are easily accessible and very well known.

Spiral Arm

Spiral Arm

A unique anthropomorphic figure stands guard on a smooth cliff face above Buckhorn Wash in the San Rafael Swell. The spiral design under his raised arm is certainly unusual and I wonder what it could represent?

Transformation Scene

Transformation Scene

Let’s finish off the week with an overview of one of my favorite pictograph panels; The Ochre Alcove in the San Rafael Swell. Just amazing detail in this one!

Ascending Sheep

Ascending Sheep

The Ascending Sheep pictograph panel is another of my favorites. Many times I am awestruck at the size of some of these Barrier Canyon Style panels because they are so large. This panel, on the other hand, is completely the opposite. The figures here are actually very small. Even though they are small, the details found in this scene are just amazing! Take, for example, the central figure surrounded by the tiny sheep. It is an anthropomorphic figure with what appears to be a sheep’s head, a snakes tongue and possibly bird feet. It’s also holding a bird-like figure on one hand and a tiny snake dangles from the other. Click on the image for a larger view so that you can admire all the fine details yourself!

Three Fingers Panel

Three Fingers Panel

A view looking up at part of the large petroglyph site located in Three Fingers Canyon of the San Rafael Reef. This is another of those sites that I have visited a few times and always seem to find something new that I missed on the previous trips.