>> Jones Hole
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.
There was a beautiful sunrise a few weekends ago as I was on my way to hike and search for some new rock art and ruins in Southern Utah. I just happened to be near this large boulder with Ute petroglyphs at the time and thought it might make a nice image. As the early morning sunlight bounced off the clouds above everything was bathed in a red glow for a few minutes. The storm clouds in the background were nice, too.
>> Fable Valley
Happy Thanksgiving! I went on a local hike this morning in search of this petroglyph and decided to post this photo since I’m sure many of you feel this way right now after your large Thanksgiving dinner.
While searching for rock art in Montezuma Canyon last year I came across this nice panel of petroglyphs depicting a group of buffalo and elk. Following the animals are a few riders on horseback that appear to be pecked in a Ute style similar to the Wolfe Panel in Arches National Park.
There are plenty of unique petroglyphs found within Nine Mile Canyon, and this one depicting a pregnant buffalo is certainly among them.
Here’s a photo from a new petroglyph panel I visited on Saturday near Montrose, Colorado. I’ve been wanting to visit the Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park for a while now, but never followed through in obtaining permission to go. Last week a got a call from my friend Greg who was planning on visiting the site so it was the perfect time for me to finally get out there. We met up at the site around sunrise (which meant it was a very early morning for us) and spent a few hours exploring and photographing the petroglyphs. This is certainly one of the better petroglyph sites I have visited in the area and the bears in this panel are very cool.
This past Black Friday I got up bright and early but I didn’t head to the mall or to our local big box store. Instead I took a drive through Nine Mile Canyon to find some new rock art. I’m sure I had a much better day than anyone out trying to get a deal.
One of the highlights of my day was finally visiting this awesome owl petroglyph panel. I’ve wanted to get to this one for a few months and am glad I was able to make it happen this year. The details in this petroglyph are just amazing!
One of the many Ute petroglyphs found along the road in Nine Mile Canyon. This historic scene features a rider on a horse being led somewhere by someone with a rope. I wonder where they could be headed?
Happy Labor Day! I thought it would be fitting to post a photo of The Birthing Scene petroglyphs found near Moab 😉 Even though this panel is commonly known as The Birthing Scene, it is believed that the main figure that appears to be giving birth might actually represent a woman with an enormous vulva which is found in proto-historic Ute rock art elsewhere.
An interesting figure found in the Book Cliffs of Utah that appears to be waving. This panel is located high up on the canyon wall and is on private property, so you cannot get up close without permission from the owners. This photo was taken from the road at 400mm and then cropped some more. I have seen this figure referred to as Barrier Canyon Style before, but I’m not so sure I would classify it as such? This section of the canyon contains many different styles of rock art in close proximity, including Ute and/or Paiute, Fremont and Barrier Canyon Style. It must have been an important place! Below the waving figure there is a band of horseback riders that were most likely painted by the Ute or Paiute. The figures in this panel were created by wetting chunks of red ochre and drawing directly on the canyon wall.