May 22, 2016

San Rafael Swell Wildflowers

claret cup cactus
Many wildflowers were in bloom when we visited the San Rafael in mid-May.  I will attach my best guess at names, but I can't guarantee accuracy.  Please let me know if you have a better idea.
Fendler's Hedgehog cactus
Fendler's Hedgehog cactus flower

Penstemon Ambiguus ?

Penstemon ambiguus flower

Penstemon ?

Scapose Greenthread

Yellow Cryptanth


May 15, 2016

Buckhorn Wash Pictographs

The Buckhorn Wash pictograph panel is on a dirt road, easily accessible.  The slant of the cliff above partially protects the panel from weather.

This sign was under a slanted sun cover.  Sorry the light and shadow make it hard to read.  The picture shows the full extent of the panel and explains that 2 different ancient cultures are represented in the art.
 As you can see in examples to the side of the warning, much of this panel was vandalized.  The sign below explains a little about the painstaking repair efforts:
Here is some of the rock art followed by photos of explanatory signs: 

I didn't take a photo of an actual pictograph to go along with this sign, but it's interesting because snakes are commonly seen in rock art:
This last one is a petroglyph, pecked into the rock instead of painted on like most of the panel:
We can only guess at the meaning of this prehistoric art, but it does give us a glimpse into the life and times of the native people who once lived here.


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