Posts Tagged Pictographs

OK, Time for a Substitute

On Monday we hiked Pleasant Creek. I have wanted to hike the canyon for a long time and wanted to show the gang the petroglyphs at the top of the canyon. I think I’ve posted images of them on the blog before, and they’re pretty nice. Couldn’t find them this time. I didn’t spend a lot of time looking, but went to the exact place I remembered they’d be. No luck.

So today, Nick and i went back to find them. Nick has seen them, so knows I’m not making it up. We couldn’t find them, even though we searched the area where we were certain they were and quite a bit on either side of that location. I dunno, you can’t really erase pictographs without leaving a significant mess, so they’re probably still in place. It’s just a matter of looking the right way or holding my mouth right or something.

Anyway, there’s a great place called Sego Canyon that has a stunning mix of pictographs and petroglyphs on the same panels. That’s pretty unusual. Another unusual thing is the condition of all the rock art.

I’ll use a couple pictures from that panel as substitutes. I’ll let you decide what they’re really all about, but I have a few thoughts.

First is the snake guy. It seems there are a lot of scenes with someone dancing with snakes (interesting movie theme?), and, again, these are guys I would stay away from.

Snake guy

Snake guy

Then there’s this alien. Or a Harry Potter predecessor. Or something. Take a look at what seems to be a hooded figure on the right side of the big image and I see a hooded wizard. Look on the big pictograph and you’ll see some figures that could be on Harry Potter’s robe. Or he’s an alien. That’s another story I picked up in the Navajo Nation and one I’ll share over a beer.

Alien?

Alien?

More to follow,

Bob

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Is that really a Basset Hound?

Went to a few new places today. One was not really new, I’d been there before about 30 years ago. Long story: buy me a beer and I’ll tell you.

Hog Springs is a small rest area between Lake Powell and Hanksville. Just to the south of the rest area is a very nice Barrier-style pictograph, which is called, for some odd reason, Cleopatra. Cleopatra has another creature next to her. I think it’s a turkey, Tom thought it might be a Basset Hound. Another long-ish story. Buy me a beer and I’ll tell you about it. All I can say is that cast in stone is a fine place for a Basset Hound to be.

In the wash above Hog Springs is a waterfall. Well a falling trickle, anyway. We went up the canyon, fought our way through typical thick growth one finds in a permanently-running desert stream and found the ‘waterfall.’ Actually, I think my bathtub flows more freely than that did. Add to the mix that the light was awful and the place was infested with people and it simply didn’t lend itself to photography. Oh, well, sometimes you eat the photons, sometime the photons eat you.

Here’s Cleopatra:

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

And Here’s Cleopatra with Allie, er the turkey.

Cleopatra and Allie

Cleopatra and Allie

More to follow,

 

Bob

 

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It’s always good to go back

Went to Cold Spring Ruin today. I wanted to be sure Nick got to see it and, of course, I don’t mind seeing great places like that. Imagine my amaze when I started seeing pictographs and petroglyphs in a place I thought I had photographed thoroughly and had see it all.

Turns out I was so fixated on the spring room that I didn’t really look at anything else. I made up for that today. There’s some cool stuff:

Hands were the big theme. Can’t believe I missed them last time, but I got them this time. Hands were all over the place. Like this:

 

Hands, Cold Spring Ruin

Hands, Cold Spring Ruin

And like this: It’s a little hard to see, but I’ve got some ideas on how to enhance the image. The hand with a spiral in the palm has been made into jewelry, tee-shirts, etc. Here’s a real one.

Spiral Hand

Spiral Hand

 

Spirals were all over the place as petroglyphs, too. Here’s a sample:

Spiral

Spiral

And because the spring is still kind of active, the cacti grew huge. This is the biggest barrel cactus I’ve seen in Southern Utah:

Cactus

Cactus

More to follow.

Bob

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Monument Valley Tour

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally got to Monument Valley. We took a day-long trip through both Monument Valley and Mystery Valley. Mystery Valley is only accessible to non-Navajo people with a guide. We had a great guide, Don, who had a good sense of humor was courteous and shared a lot of information with us. Of course, when I asked some questions that I probably shouldn’t (about Navajo culture and beliefs), Don just chuckled. What a great way to handle a stupid question.

Mystery Valley was the highlight of my day. I believe we saw some very ancient ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs. As an added bonus, they were pretty pristine because the grave robbers and looters have been kept out of the valley. Here are a couple images from there.

The first is an anthropomorph similar to the ones we saw in Horseshoe Canyon, but, I think, much older. As we looked at the panel, we could see more and more glyphs and this one finally kind of showed up. I’ve done very little enhancement on this image and you’ve got to look at it a while to see all the goodies.

Pictograph, Monument Valley, 1

Pictograph, Monument Valley, 1

 

I thinks glyphs like the hands are just fun. I can see a couple of explanations for them: first, the kids fell in the paint bucket and simply dabbed the paint onto the rock. Or, the kids decided that if Dad could paint a person, the kids could play finger paint. Or, it’s the artist signing the work. Any way, the hands bring a real sense of who was here waaaaaaaaaaay back when.

Hands, Monument Valley

Hands, Monument Valley

More to follow,

Bob

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Ghosts

Well, they look like ghosts. They’re the Barrier Canyon pictographs. They’re hard to get to when you’re as out of shape as I am, but it’s well worth the effort to schlep a 30 pound camera pack 300 feet down into a canyon, then a couple miles upstream. Nobody really knows what these pictographs are all about, and I sure can’t add any enlightenment. All I can do is photograph them and show you the results. Hope you find them as enthralling as I do.

 

Barrier Canyon Pictorgraphs 1

Barrier Canyon Pictorgraphs 1

Barrier Canyon Pictographs 2

Barrier Canyon Pictographs 2

You may have noticed that these posts are text short. That’s OK. We seldom have time to do all the stuff that’s necessary to prepare a blog and then write an opus. I’m tired, too. So there.

More to follow,

Bob

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