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