Newspaper Rock. I am standing beside the National Historic Site to provide perspective. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
It’s Wednesday, so that means a quick photographic essay, selected from my 20,000 pictures. It would be ever so easy to spend a day selecting photos, which would seriously detract from my objective of freeing up time. So I decided to do random. I closed my eyes and scrolled down iPhoto. When I hit enter, I opened my eyes, and there was Newspaper Rock, staring at me.
Over 2000 years of Native American petroglyphs are found on Newspaper Rock.
Newspaper Rock sits on the edge of Canyonlands National Park up in the northeastern corner of Utah. It contains all of the news that’s fit to print, or at least all the news from the perspective of local Native Americans who have chipped away at the rock for over 2,000-years. Who knows what it all means. As the information sign says, “We do not know if the figures represent story telling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti or something else.” That means the figures are open to interpretation, right? So interpret, I will.
Food has been sighted. What’s on today’s menu?
Two flying squirrels were seen leaping between Ponderosa Pines.
A large buffalo is down at the wallow.
Three elk are up on the ridge.
A Big Horned Sheep with scrawny front legs is feeding up on the mountain.
And Big Bird is down at the pond. (Nothing scrawny about her legs.)
Stay out of the canyon. The tracks of Momma Bear and her cub have been sighted.
Hop on your horse and grab your bow and arrows. It’s time to get dinner.
Ready for the hunt.
Having been warned, Walks on Feet hiked into the canyon anyway. Now he is being stalked by Momma Bear. The trail ends here.
Success! Always Gets His Buck shoots an elk in the butt.
It’s time for a feast. All the cool guys will be there.
Scorpion Hat shakes a leg and Sheep joins in.
Ladder Man shouts “Woo hoo!”
And Horny Fellow practices a flying leap.
For after dinner entertainment, Stands On Horse will perform his amazing tricks.
And Antenna Guy will display his recently captured flying saucer. That’s it for today. NEXT BLOG: I start my essay series. First up: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places.