Monday, December 17, 2018

Newspaper Rock

The drive to the isolated Needles district - part of Canyonlands National Park in Utah- passes one of the largest and best preserved petroglyph sites in the Southwest. We visited back in June, on a morning full of bright sun and looming shadows from the surrounding sandstone cliffs. 

There are hundreds of carvings. Complete chaos. 

The image on the right looks like an alien!

Scorpion man.

Thank goodness we're beating feet back to Utah next summer - for more red rock adventures. I absolutely love red rock country.

I love this scene.

The shadow appears to creep into the scene, like a masticating fog. Watch out cows! Stay tuned for the rest of the story - our surreal visit to the strange, mushroom rocks of Needles. 

The name, "Needles" really triggers the imagination!

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DJan said...

Wow, Sharon, those are amazing! I could stare at them for hours and see different things each time. Thank you for introducing me to this incredible place. :-)

Linda Hensley said...

This must be fascinating to see in person. I wonder what the creators were thinking when they made them?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We loved that area too! It really is like being in another world -- so much to think about and wonder about. And so beautiful in such a different way from what we were used to.

Peabea Scribbles said...

Beautiful photos. I love traveling through your photography. Awesome carvings to see. Thanks for sharing with Pictorial Tuesday

Pisi Prkl said...

I just love those carvings. Instant time machine. Thanks for sharing!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Gorgeous photos Sharon. Happy Holidays!

Stanley Hattman said...

It's been 38 years since we stood in front of the rock...thanks for rekindling memories with these wonderful images!!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Absolutely amazing!! I've only seen photos of Newspaper Rock, but would love to see it in person. Happy holidays to you, and thanks for sharing these incredible photos!

Lady Fi said...

What a wonderful place!

DUTA said...

The hundreds of rock carvings by native indian americans are an amazing mysterious attraction!
The picture with the sandstone cliff walls, and the cows is mesmerizing!
Thanks Sharon, for taking us to such an unbelievable site!