Human Memories Across a Landscape

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Human Memories Across a Landscape

This is an ancient petroglyph referred to as a waterglyph, they are estimated to be at least 1000 years old and found along the Utah/Arizona border.

This was my third attempt at this photo. I first had the idea about a year and a half ago when I was shown a picture of this glyph. So August a year I loaded up my van and headed down the long and bumpy road up the desert mesa, only to turn around due to the roughness of the road. My 30 year old vehicle was reminding me of it’s age and the remoteness…

A year later in July I returned with only to have the forecast change to torrential downpour!Not good for night photography and especially terrible when solo in the desert miles from a paved road without phone service… so I spent the night in the rain the drive home.

So this time I returned with my mountain bike. I discovered a shorter route up a MUCH rougher road. Loaded down with camera and camping gear I biked the 7 miles to the cliff’s edge.

After sunset the winds picked up, the clouds rolled in and the rain fell. I cowered in my bivy sac and sleeping bag for about 45 minutes as the rain pelted and the wind ripped branches from the surrounding pinyon.

When the wind stopped I crawled out and the sky cleared, allowing me about 1 hour to shoot with the light from the crescent moon.

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