Dragonfly Panel & Blue-Eyed Moqui Queen

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Today I spent an awesome day hiking in a beautiful secluded canyon to some seldom-seen and exquisite rock art panels. I have been wanting to visit the Dragonfly Panel pictographs for quite a while and they did not disappoint. It’s not a large panel, but the details and uniqueness of the figures found here are just amazing!

This is a nice overview of the main portion of the Dragonfly Panel.

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The Dragonfly Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the two larger anthropomorphs in the scene. There appears to be a very elongated dog, a rabbit-like figure and one other smaller zoomorph (maybe a bird?) here.

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Dragonfly Twins by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another of the larger anthropomorphs found here with a faint white one to the left.

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Fringed Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

At least two dragonflies are in this photo. I’m not sure if that larger figure in the middle is another dragonfly or something else?

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Dragonflies by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

These small figures are found on the right side of the panel. It kind of looks like this dragonfly is carrying a snake as a bird flies above? Very cool and unusual!

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Dragonfly Detail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a look at the full panel.

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Full Dragonfly Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This is the lower portion of the panel that contains many very small but detailed paintings.

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Lower Dragonfly Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After visiting the Dragonfly Panel for a while I continued hiking to another panel nearby. This one is known as the Blue-Eyed Moqui Queen after the large anthropomorph on the right that has blue eyes. Here’s an overview of the site. These pictographs are a little more faded than the Dragonfly Panel.

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Eyes & Ribs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The large anthropomorph on the left appears to have ribs painted on it’s torso and a faint bird off to the right. It also has one eye painted blue and one painted green.

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Blue-Green Eyes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

An overview of the figure known as the Blue-Eyed Moqui Queen. There’s also a small figure painted to the right of this one.

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The Blue-Eyed Moqui Queen by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at some of the details of Blue-Eyed Moqui Queen, including the blue eyes.

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Blue-Eyes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The weather was perfect for hiking in a beautiful and secluded canyon.

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Nice Hike in a Secluded Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Before starting my hike back to the Jeep, I made one last stop at these two deep alcoves.

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Two Alcoves by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The first alcove I explored had a few old storage cists, but no rock art to be found.

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Storage Cist by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There’s still some mortar holding this one together, which I haven’t seen in a storage cist before.

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Cist Mortar by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Two of the cists along the back of the alcove.

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Old Storage by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As I explored the second large alcove, it didn’t appear that I was going to find anything in there. Luckily I scanned the walls thoroughly, because I managed to find this one tiny Barrier Canyon Style anthropomorph that was incised on the low ceiling of the alcove. This figure is only a few inches tall and very detailed, but it was also very difficult to photograph in the darkness of the alcove.

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Tiny Anthro by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A straight on closer look at this incised anthropomorph.

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Tiny Incised Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

By the time I reached the Jeep again, my GPS reported that I had hiked over 12.5 miles for the day. It was an easy hike with many awesome sights along the way, so it didn’t even feel like I had hiked that long. The scenery was awe-inspiring, the rock art was amazing, and the weather was perfect…I couldn’t have asked for a better day of hiking!

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