Monday, October 20

Out There - Bishop Volcanic Tablelands

This weekend I joined a group of photographers on an outing in the Bishop Volcanic Tablelands, where longtime Camera Committee member Allan Der guided us to several sites of ancient rock art. These sites are under the management and protection of the Bureau of Land Management. They are very delicate and represent a slice of our human story that scientists, historians, and lay-visitors alike can speculate over. The scholars may have more data to work with than we do, but just being there makes a visitor imagine life in the rock-art age.

What were the motivations and messages of the ancient ones?
Chalfant Site

These photos represent just a few examples of the imagery found in the BVT. Click to enlarge any image, but especially this wide shot.  It's a bit of detail from a long wall full of petroglyths.
Chidago Site

This figure is found on the same wall, but it is several yards away. It probably represents a shaman or other important persona, but our group thinks it looks like a girl.  Sorry to trivialize this surely important image, but ancient Girl-POWER!

The "curling" rock formations below are unusual even for this striking volcanic landscape.
Fish Slough Site
I hope I find more, better photos in my camera.  Pulling good photos out of these files will be a Lightroom challenge - a spur to motivate my skill-enhancement.

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