Petroglyphs

It took a while to find the petroglyphs on the Volcanic Tablełands. In an earlier post last fall: Volcanic Tablełands, Take Two, I talked about the petroglyphs that are on the tablelands and posted photos.

You can drive miles and miles over washboard dirt roads and see only sagebrush, rabbit brush, rocks, lizards, mountains, an occasional hawk, heron, or raven, wonderful light and awesome sunsets. Since the temperatures this summer hovered around 102 (in the shade) it really wasn’t the time to explore the desert. But one evening recently after driving for several miles over the washboard, I discovered that I had given up my earlier search too early by making a right turn off the road instead of continuing. Had I kept going, the first big batch of petroglyphs was just past where I turned off.

In trying to be factual about the petroglyphs, I found a great article written for the Sierra Web – Guide to the Eastern Sierra. Click on this link to read all about the local petroglyphs (and it has pointed me to more places 😉 ): Sierra Web Petroglyphs The long and short of the story is, no one knows for sure what the symbols mean, they are thousands of years old, and the recent theft of priceless petroglyphs is a crime, particularly for the Paiute-Shoshone people. It is a very spiritual place.

horned lizard (2 of 6)

I very nearly stepped on this horned lizard after having just read about their species on a signboard several miles back on the hard-top road.

heron (1 of 1)

This Great Blue Heron’s favorite spot for viewing the valley is this rock. Water is nearby in the grasses.

Farm report - denoting field planting scheme?
Farm report – denoting field planting scheme?

petroglyph theft (1 of 1)

I believe the lighter rock is one of the spots where petroglyphs were stolen. Big sheets of rock face are missing from this area.

Spaceman - on the left, I see a helmeted (with antennae) spaceman in a spacesuit!
On the left, I see a helmeted (with antennae) spaceman in a spacesuit!

petroglyphs spaceship (1 of 1)

A spacecraft and picture showing propulsion?

The colors of the desert aren't just brown! The first group of petroglyphs is near an oasis in the desert where cattle graze - hence the fence.
The colors of the desert aren’t just brown! The first group of petroglyphs is near an oasis in the desert where cattle graze – hence the fence.
Looking south, the brown wall is one of the last walls of pumice and dust that was blown by the volcano 35 miles north.
Looking south, the brown wall is one of the last walls of pumice and dust that was blown by the volcano 35 miles north.

3 Comments

  1. The Devil’s Postpile is like the basalt cliffs that we saw in Iceland. They so inspired an architect that he designed a famous church in Reykjavik. It is massive and you can see it from all over town.

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  2. I love the way your blue heron is standing watch or pointing the way towards the road/waterway in the background!
    Yes, what a crime to steal or deface petroglyphs! I can’t understand people!
    Love your photos!

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