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