Ancient rock art found in a hidden spot in the US Southwest. Places like these needs to be kept a secret as there are people who do not have a lot of sensibility for ancient art or like it so much that they try to remove it and take it with them. In this case latter would be impossible as this is a rather big panel (about 1.5m tall).
Several things are to be noted:
1- To do such a work requires high skills and a lot of patience. It takes a long time to chisel such a figure into the rock. The creation was made with a rock tool which makes this even harder.
2- The meaning of this petroglyph is unknown. It clearly shows a crane and hence the name of this panel to be “Big Crane”. But, why was it chiseled there at great expense. What is the round figure. A lake, a egg, the sun … ?
3- This is a petroglyph as it is chisel into the rock. There are also pictographs which are painted with organic and mineral pigments.
4- “Big Crane” was created some 700 - 1.000 years ago.
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I do not know either the signification of this but it is really nicely done. And yes this should be preserved. What is surprising (for me ) is the high level of contrast between the rock and the chiseld part. A little like if it was recent. We would expect having it turning black or grey with the time.
incredible that people are so egocentric that they would like to take or destroy this 1000 year old art form. This is the best way of having a little bit for yourself, take a photo and leave the art untouched.
The b/w looks wonderful, timeless, yes adding a docu style to it. The drawings are almost modern despite its impressive age.
I love Bluff :-) A gal that owns a campground in the area she has some of these spots in a photo album and draws maps if you ask. I hope she does not spread this too much around although her drawings are not precise and she gives only further help I think to people she likes. Some are quite big hikes. In the Colorado National Monument someone drew "I love Bev" (or whatever) to a stone so the park management had to remind everybody that this is not allowed and gives high penalties ... even if it is "only" stone.
I like the conversion to B&W as it focuses attention. I do hope this is contained within the NM and not outside so it can be preserved. It sure does look like a crane and maybe an egg. I am sure the birds were more plentiful when this was made.
It's the nicest rock art I have seen. Do you know how the white was produced? The lines almost look elevated. Glad you're not posting a location!
plimrn (2018/12/18 22:20:33): Thank youPB-Photography (2018/12/17 01:03:01): Petroglyphs are etched into rock covered with desert varnish. The contrast between the black covered stone and the etched in and exposed rock makes the art work pop out. In this particular case I opted to go with B&W conversion and I increased the brightness of the etched part to provide an even greater contrast.
There are certain places that I do not reveal its location online, but if someone asks me to take him/her there I usually grant his/her wish. I took Kent to this petroglyph twice. It's an easy 30 minute hike up a hill.
na minha região não temos, ou pelo menos jamais soube, de alguma peça de arte rupestre. mas me lembro de ter visto algumas no oeste americano. esse painel está bem nítido e a simplicidade do desenho tem algo de encantador.linda opção pelo B&P. uma composição magnífica, acho que quase todas as suas fotos o são..
abraço e feliz natal