Sculptures Climb Mountain

Silhouette of natural stone formations climbing mountain slope recalls Barrier Canyon Style of ancient pictographs.

Barrier Canyon style natural formation seen from Colorado River bank. Photo by Peter Neibert.
Natural stone formation (viewed from Colorado River bank) reflects 5500 year old Barrier Canyon style of stone pictographs in US Southwest. Henry Mountains often snow-capped in August.

The Holy Ghost Group is the seminal work of the Barrier Canyon style of rock art.  It is in the Great Gallery of Horseshoe canyon about 100 miles north of the photographer’s site on the Colorado river bank.

Anasazi and other archaic native Americans travelling along the river 5,500 years ago probably saw the natural stone silhouette as it appears in this contemporary photograph. The Holy Ghost’s painted pictograph, the work of archaic native Americans 5500 years ago, resembles this formation.

Post below shows my photographs of Barrier Canyon Style rock paintings.

Guardian ~ Sego Pictographs in the Barrier Canyon Style

The Sego Canyon rock paintings are new, perhaps painted only seven hundred years ago.

I’ve photographed them several times in morning and evening light.   This image is my favorite:

Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert
Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert

Under a clear Utah sky the noontime sun is so strong it washes out all the color ~  sometimes you can’t see anything in the stone at all.

Other times I get enough of the right light and shadow to pull out shape and color.  Red, yellow ochre and black.

These Sego Canyon  figures seem familiar.

 

 

 

 

Their style and shape recall the 5,500 year old Barrier Canyon paintings — just a hundred miles distant.  We don’t know who were the ancient Barrier Canyon peoples who created them.  Each new discoverer saw something different and profound in the oldest images.

Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert

 

 

Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert