I love how the Weekly Photo Challenge works! So often, as I wait on Friday morning to learn what it will be, I’m amazed when that email comes through and I have been working on the perfect shot that very day! I spent this morning processing the HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) photos I took during our recent visit to Sego Canyon near Moab, Utah. This remarkable location contains rock art from three different cultures all in the same group of canyon walls. So what better way to interpret “From Lines to Patterns” than to share some of my shots of this beautiful and ancient creativity!
This photo shows the artwork of the Ute culture believed to be 200-300 years old. This panel contains images of hunters, horses and shields painted on the rock face.
This shot shows two cultures colliding on the same wall. The white figures come from the Fremont Culture who inhabited the Utah area from about 700-1300 c.e. Called petroglyphs, these were scratched into the rock. The red figures behind and above them come from the Barrier Canyon Culture. Radiocarbon dating has placed them to have been painted as early as 7000 b.c.e.!
Finally, these Barrier Canyon figures stand tall on their own rock panel – pictographs painted by humans (or maybe aliens?) seven to nine thousand years ago. From lines to patterns – ancient cultures left their marks for us to ponder…
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