These Indian petroglyphs are found in The Valley of Fire State Park near the Atlatl Rock. There is a staircase one climbs to reach them and there are quite a few on this rock.
The Valley of Fire state park is about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. According to Andrew Alden, "The park displays red sandstones exposed beneath the Sevier fold-thrust belt, where older rocks of Cambrian age (about 500 million years old) were pushed sideways on a thrust fault over younger rocks (Jurassic, about 160 million years old) of the Aztec Sandstone."(www.about.com/geology.com)
I loved this park and want to go back again because there is so much to see there. there is also a very nice campground if you like that kind of travel.
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EstudioChispa (2076) 2013-06-03 8:38
It is always difficult to convey "relief" -- stone carvings, for example -- in a foto. You've done it well here. Care to share any techniques?
abmdsudi (44974) 2013-06-08 21:50
Wow, very fascinating art works and it gives it something else and what a fascinating place too. This leaves the mind a boggle in those that put them there, but surprisingly the 'carved drawings from outer space' have lasted so long!! Thank you for providing that insightful and narrative of such an interesting rare subject. Excellent recording, very good contrast to show this outline, so clean and crisply. I think we are so lucky to be able to see today, what they were trying to leave for posterity. Very well done, TFS
delpeoples (54193) 2013-06-14 4:19
I had to look twice at your location here, as I was struck by the remarkable similarities of these petroglyphs with those of the Australian Aboriginal. The definition and compo is spot-on. it's not always easy to make a striking photo out of this type of subject, but you have achieved it. Nice work, thanks for sharing.
have a great day
photoray (12984) 2013-09-02 14:52
I am especially attracted to the 'wheel' deign, perhaps symbolizing the sun?
And your view represents Atlatl very well,
PS: Be sure (if you have not already done so) to take the hiking trail to the movie set from the Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin and Claudia Cardinale. I really like the geology to be found here, many photo artistic possibilities as you have shared.
eldancer1 (30136) 2013-09-12 7:52
Very nice capture of those petroglyphs and I hope the state will preserved those ancient drawings. Unfortunately, some of those drawings at the Valley Of Fire were vandalized by some idiots. Good details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.