70-200mm IS lens, Canon 50D, Climbing, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

A few weeks ago I was rock climbing in Utah.  Close to the area were these petroglyphs:

ISO 2000 70mm 0ev f/8 1/125

ISO 2000 70mm 0ev f/8 1/125

These symbols are examples of Fremont Rock Art and date from 450-1300 A.D.  Also close by were examples of Archaic Rock Art dating from 6,000-1000 B.C. and modern graffiti.  Personally, I find the modern graffiti on these rocks annoying, but looking at the Fremont period work, I was wondering if there would have been people in that time who found it annoying that their contemporaries were putting “graffiti” where the older Archaic art was.

This photo was taken outside Arches National Park on Utah Highway 27 near the climbing area called Wall Street.  I was using my 70-200mm lens, but as this example of the petroglyphs were not that far up the rock, the zoom wasn’t really necessary.  I edited this image in Photoshop using curves to make the colors in the rock pop a bit and make the art stand out.

Bonus points to you if you find the critter in the photo.  I also have posted this photo on Flickr.  What do you think of this type of art? do you also like graffiti?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.



25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

  1. Lovely shot. Can’t believe there is graffiti not far off from where you took this shot. Bit too close for comfort. I think I see the critter. Looks like a lizard near the end of the last leg 😀


  2. Amy … Love your petroglyphs. I took some photos of petroglyphs when we were in the Valley of Fire in the Mojave Desert – about an hour from Las Vegas. But I’m betting your photo is much crisper than mine. Love the photo.


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