Pictograph Fork & The Harvest Scene

The Maze and the Mesa | Day 2
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Our second day started out cold with plenty of wind. None of us slept very well since the wind was noisy all night. After some breakfast we bundled up and started our hike down Pictograph Fork to check out the Harvest Scene pictographs, which was my main reason for setting up this trip to The Maze in the first place.

Dave and Jared in the canyon ahead of me as we hike towards Pictograph Fork.

5639133870_fc6e7ac2b2_z.jpg
Hiking Pictograph Fork by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A panel of Barrier Canyon Style petroglyphs found in Pictograph Fork.

5639134594_d0d8128e3a_z.jpg
Pictograph Fork Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a closer look at a few of the figures.

5638554023_1cf0587d98_z.jpg
Pictograph Fork Anthropomorphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then we continued on down the canyon until we reached the Harvest Scene. This photo is taken in the canyon just before we reached the pictographs.

5639135190_935e3c9767_z.jpg
Near the Harvest Scene by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The sun was shining on the panel and washing it out pretty good, but luckily there were a few puffy clouds in the sky that blocked the sun for a few minutes at a time so that I could try and take some decent photos of the panel. Here’s an overview of the Harvest Scene Pictograph Panel.

5638840837_e62abe488e_z.jpg
Harvest Scene Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the part of the panel that gives it the name ‘Harvest Scene’

5639182246_5006cc71ac_z.jpg
The Harvest Scene by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These figures found on the left side of the panel are very elaborately decorated.

5638843413_1751b52f87_z.jpg
Tall, Skinny & Elaborate by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The figure to the right of the striped anthropomorph appears to be bowing.

5638840265_20b60196ee_z.jpg
Bow to the Stripes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the unusual striped figure.

5638842187_5364331dc2_z.jpg
Striped Man by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Jared checking out the panel and giving it some scale.

5638843855_2e526f6f60_z.jpg
Jared for Scale by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Both Dave and Jared on the ledge in front of the panel.

5638844613_ee880398f5_z.jpg
Dave & Jared by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Not a great photo, but the best I managed to get on this trip. If you look closely you can see what looks like a bird a rabbit and another smaller zoomorph on the outstretched hand. There is also what appears to be indian rice grass growing out of the middle finger on the hand. A very interesting panel.

5639418452_8738050bd4_z.jpg
The Hand that Feeds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There were plenty of other pictographs to be found nearby, including this small panel. The furthest figure on the right appears to be a very long dog standing up.

5639139284_cc38e8ec3b_z.jpg
Standing Dog by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These two pictograph panels are located just to the left of the main Harvest Scene panel.

5638841605_e9edf1d8b9_z.jpg
Two Faint Panels by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another of the faint panels found nearby.

5639420760_a591413c43_z.jpg
Faint Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These pictographs are found a bit upstream from the Harvest Scene and are actually the first panel you will come across when hiking down-canyon as we did.

5638944135_73743a5035_z.jpg
Pictograph Fork Snake Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We had some lunch before leaving the Harvest Scene and then continued on our loop hike. Another view of Pictograph Fork from near the pictographs.

5638857525_66f9bb7660_z.jpg
Pictograph Fork by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We took a detour towards the Maze Overlook trail in search of some more rock art and found this snake petroglyph, which might be the one Ed Abbey spoke of in Desert Solitaire when he descended into The Maze. This is an overview of the location where the snake petroglyph is found.

5638560677_d9c85efbdc_z.jpg
Snake Alone by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the simple snake petroglyph.

5638561671_073d471f6b_z.jpg
Small Snake Petroglyph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

It was a long hike back to camp and windy again once we climbed back out of the canyon. Hiking over the sandstone on our way back to camp.

5639136936_4b2a4f931e_z.jpg
March to Camp by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We passed this small arch along the way.

5639135652_7a93d22f05_z.jpg
Mesa Top Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A view of The Maze and the La Sal Mountains in the distance through the small arch.

5638561143_961e91bf47_z.jpg
Through the Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Can you spot Chimney Rock in the distance? It was a long hike back to camp.

5639133206_585f0fec5f_z.jpg
Small Chimney by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When we arrived back at camp, we had some dinner and tried to stay out of the wind as much as possible. Jared having some dinner and using my Jeep to block the wind with Chimney Rock in the background.

5639132704_131d7da8c0_z.jpg
Jared, Jeep & Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When the sun was getting close to setting, we grabbed our cameras and took some photos…

I love the layers of color in this photo.

5636447876_919ef7792a_z.jpg
Colorful Layers by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

5637129407_bf99c47c18_z.jpg
Another Chimney Rock Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Dave trying to keep warm.

5639132342_c5d59c8c61_z.jpg
Dave in Camp by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

5639131990_9fdc70abbc_z.jpg
View from Camp by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

5639131160_b00e1a1dfd_z.jpg
Canyonlands at Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

5637129135_1e69e6f357_z.jpg
The Maze and Canyon Rims by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Aside from the wind when we were up out of the canyon, it was a good day. I’m glad I finally got to visit the Harvest Scene and will probably hike down from The Maze Overlook next time I want to visit it.

>> Pictograph Fork & The Harvest Scene Photo Gallery


2 Comments

  1. Cody March 24, 2013 6:58 pm  Reply

    Really really lovely photography! Thanks for posting these.

    • Randy Langstraat March 25, 2013 7:51 am  Reply

      Thanks Cody

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *