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Summer Solstice Rock Art

Moab Area Rock Art XI
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Solar Snake 2011 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I’ve been anticipating the Summer Solstice for much of the year so that I could visit the Solstice Snake petroglyph. For about two minutes on the Summer Solstice a dagger of light shaped like an arrowhead appears on the head of this very large and well executed petroglyph of a snake. I wanted to be there to get a photo of the sun interaction and am glad that the weather cooperated. It was an amazing experience!

This is the photo I had been planning on taking for months. In the end I think it turned out pretty well.

Solstice Snake by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Of course, while I was in the Moab area I went out searching for some new rock art, too. Here’s a new panel of petroglyphs I came across. They are very faded, but there’s a lot going on if you look closely.

Faded Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the previous panel.

Faded Designs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A Barrier Canyon Style anthropomorphic figure found along the Colorado River.

Colorado River BCS by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This Barrier Canyon Style anthropomorph found high up in a shallow alcove looks like a turtle to me.

Turtle Man Up Close by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I also made a return visit to the Golf Course Panel for a few photos close to sunset.

Transparent Anthropomorph by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The well-known Moab Man petroglyph found on the Golf Course Panel.

Moab Man by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On my way home I made a short detour into the Book Cliffs. Over the weekend when I was hiking with Philippe, he mentioned that he had gone to visit the Robidoux Panel when he first arrived in Utah and found that it was now broken. I wanted to see just how bad the damage was for myself.

Time Takes it’s Toll by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I last visited this panel on December 18, 2010 and it was still in one piece then. Here’s a photo I took that day.

My Last Robidoux Photo by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Moab Area Rock Art XI Photo Gallery

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