Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ancient Art Galleries


Another road runs alongside the Colorado, just outside Moab, referred to as Kane Creek Road, It, too, has several petroglyph panels along it. Yesterday, the weather was a tad gloomy, so we revisited them. Up above the road, along a rock ledge, is the Moab mammoth, along with a few other images carved in stone. Whether these are messages left by travelers or the long ago local citizenry sharing their stories, writing in their journals, we will never know, but rock art it is, and in the finest gallery in the world, Mother Nature.











Dig that crazy necklace....







The photographs are mine.

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful, thanks! I've been watching the Moab webcam. It does look cold there. Have fun!!!

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  2. They are awesome. They do fill me with awe when I think of the people who made these drawings, what their life must have been like.

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  3. I like your words, "finest gallery in the world." Nature does seem to provide that. I'm happy for your interesting finds on a gloomy day. The best part..... then it's no longer gloomy.
    Love and peace, Manzi

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  4. Thank you all for your comments. It nice to share my excitement with friends here in Bloggerville.

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  5. I have traveled so many places in the West, but never saw any petroglyphs except those where a tour was required, how wonderful. Life must have been really hard for folks back then and yet they made time for art. What a wonderful trip you are having.

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  6. We almost moved to Hurricaine some years back but at the time housing was really expensive so we moved on, Gary still talks about it, nearby there, there are some sulfur hot springs and our RV smelled like sulfur for many days afterward.

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  7. Hi Linda, I recall Hurricane as being basically an extension of St. George. Nice weather, but not much for ambience. All places have their pros and cons, but sulphur springs definitely sounds like a deal breaker.

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  8. It's kind of hard for me sometimes to wrap my brain around these drawings, and the people who made them. Just amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing these!!

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  9. Hi Joan! It's so good to hear from you! I trust life in Nashville is unfolding beautifully for you.

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  10. Fine, fine gallery, yes. I never cease to be mystified by the rock art locations. Can't help but ponder how they accessed some of them. Dropping off cliffs, hanging from sinew/leather/rope strapping? Climbing log ladders taller than the word tall can express? Climbing rock faces like spider man? Wonderful to have their beauty available still, along with the mystery.

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  11. Hi Chris, I think that some changes in geology occurred, but not much could have, slow-moving that it is... :) Yes, they had to have been very agile. I am so amazed at how they even managed to reach some of their homes up on the cliff faces. I've seen where stone footholds were created in places. They had ropes, too, I suppose. All mystifying and wonderful to contemplate. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  12. I love petroglyphs. They are real, touchable pieces of the ancient past. You've got some fine photos of them, here!

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