Monday, July 10, 2017

Stirrup Tank Adjacent Petroglyphs JTNP

Although this isn't a large site, it is noteworthy because of the type of petroglyphs that are there. Plus, it is in an absolutely gorgeous and rugged area. 


From here it looks like a nice and easy hike across this valley. That thought ends in about a hundred yards...

...when you run into this! Climbing down into, and then up out of this is actually the easiest way to go. During major storms, water rushes down these little gullies at amazing speed. Not a place you want to be stuck in.


 Plenty of gorgeous scenery



 This rock is our destination

Although there aren't very many of them remaining, the predominant petroglyphs at this site are the "barbell" looking symbols.  


There are many opinions relating to what exactly the "barbell" symbols represent. My granny told me that it represents a meeting between two people, or two groups of people. If there is a third circle in the middle, it represents a third party acting as an intermediary, or mediator. I believe her...



 It's always nice when mother nature graces us with a few clouds for our photos.

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50 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That explanation makes sense.
Beautiful area. No, would not want to be in that gully if rain threatened.

Tom said...

...such beauty in a dry and barren landscape.

DEZMOND said...

some of them look naughty to me, but it could be just my naughty mind :)

visualnorway said...

The petroglyphs were nice (as always with you), but mother nature beat them this time. The natural rocks in photos two and three were amazing and can really set the fantasy in motion ...

Jimmy said...

Very nice Pat, I would tend to believe the explanation your Granny gave, it sure makes sense.

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous photos... It looks SO clear there... What was the temperature? We are having a fairly hot summer ---but the humidity here is what is so hard to take!

The Barbell Symbols sound interesting. Did your Granny visit there at one time --or study the Petroglyphs? How NEAT.

Hugs,
Betsy

Al said...

It does look beautiful. Anybody who's hiked in the American West knows that there aren't many easy paths unless somebody's made them!

robin andrea said...

It is so beautiful there. Love those gorgeous rocks. And what a journey!

William Kendall said...

What a stark tangle of an environment to hike in, but beautiful. Your grandmother might have had a point- I've seen similar figures etched onto an elk hide that would have signified people.

sage said...

Great photos. As you always do, you cause me to long to be back West.

Brian said...

Those rocks are amazing and we saw several rock critters!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The desert has such interesting treasures to find and petroglyphs are among the best to find!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is beautiful and while I enjoyed the beach excursion it's nice to be back in JT! My experience with mediators is as the go -between in Union/Management negotiations and I couldn't help but wonder if the circle in the middle of the two sides was sort of the same thing way back then. Probably a war or a marriage counselor though. Always conflict of some kind.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

This last picture looks so animated - like a big turtle or other innocent giant reptile is looking at your wife. Fun stuff.

Shammickite said...

The wild landscape and the sculpted shape of the rocks is so different from anything found near here. Quite fascinating! Are the petroglyphs scratched onto the rock face or painted with pigment of some kind? The area is so wild and remote there must be many of those petroglyphs yet to be found.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex - Thanks Alex. When those flash floods start, they becoming amazingly fast and powerful in a very short period of time.

Tom - I totally agree Tom! I love the desert so much.

DEZMOND - You can see just about anything in these rock formations.

visualnorway - Thanks Rune! Yep, they can't last forever. When I see a gully like the one in the second photo, I'm always amazed at the power it takes to carve and move rocks as large as those. The second thing I think of is to be VERY careful. If a person broke a leg while in that spot, it would pretty much be over.

Jimmy - Thanks Jimmy! She was wise, very knowledgeable, and knew the SoCal deserts as well, or better than anybody I've ever met.

Pat Tillett said...

Betsy Adams - Thanks Betsy! My Granny used to spend a ton of time here in Joshua Tree and knew a couple of people who worked there. I was lucky enough to be with her for much of that time when I was a kid. It is very clear, but not quite as clear as before. Based on how my wife was dressed, I'd say it was in the high 70's to low 80's. Lately, it's been as high as 120 something.

Al - That is so true Al. Going off trail out there is no picnic. Every plant trying to either stab you, or snag you.

robin andrea -I agree Robin! I love it and feel so good when I'm there. It never fails to amaze me.

William Kendall - Stark and beautiful is a good description. That is interesting about the elk hide etchings. Thanks William.

sage - Thanks Jeff! I hope you are able to come back out here sometime.

Pat Tillett said...

Brian - They are amazing! The longer you look at them, the more you can see (or imagine).

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti - The more I go there, the more I see, and the better I like it. The rock art is a great bonus!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) - I agree with you about the posts (and also in "real" life). I don't think we ever spoke about it, but most of my working life, I was on one side or other, of the Union/Management table. I was also a mediator. From what I've read, the Indians were much better at settling issues. Usually done by a tribal elder.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com - I thought the same thing Robyn! Like a big animated turtle!

Shammickite - The petroglyphs are scratched, pecked, or carved into the rock. Pictographs are painted. Yes, there are a ton of sites to be found out there. I know where a lot of them are, and I'm sure there are many more that I will never know about.

Sandy said...

Hi Pat! You're right, that is a gorgeous rugged area. Great pictures. You sure know a lot about petroglyphs. I know natha but I enjoy your interpretation of them. Have you seen Newspaper Rock in southern Utah?

ANITA said...

Beautiful place Pat!I wishcould be there..Here in Norway we have chilly nice summer..While people in elsewhere in Europe is dying of heat we have it really nice this year.Actually people immigrate from spain just to chill down in our cold mountains hihiihihih

Ok have a nice summertime sweet Pat

greetings Anita

jeannettestgermain said...

Thank you Patrick for sharing the beauty of rocks with All Seasons - really appreciate it! No prettier state than California!
Have you ever thought on going to Utah or Yellowstone Park - you would live it:)

Pat Tillett said...
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Pat Tillett said...

Sandy - Thanks Sandy! I know more than most, but not nearly as much as some others. Always learning. I think I went to Newspaper Rock a long time ago. Is it right off the highway?

ANITA - Thanks Anita! I wish we could have a bit of your nice chilly summer weather here right now. It is blazing hot. I will have a nice summer Anita, you do the same...

jeannettestgermain - My pleasure Jeannette! I have been to both of those places, and did love them! Hope to be back in Utah fairly soon.

Cloudia said...

Wow nice. Thanks Pat

Pat Tillett said...

Cloudia - Right back at ya! Thanks!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful series, great photos.

Icy BC said...

Hi Pat, just want to let you know that your desert photos are always amazed me and fascinating.

(My 91 years old mother was admitted into the hospital for infection and broken toe bone. She is waiting for surgery, so I am tight up with running back and forth!)

Be back again soon :)

Ron said...

I always click to enlarge your photographs so that I can see them BIG to get the full effect. As usual, outstanding photographs, Pat! The third one down looks like the face of a manatee.

Very interesting to read about the "barbell" symbols. I believe your granny as well.

What a gorgeous area of the country you live!

Thanks so much for sharing it, Pat. Always enjoyed!

Have a terrific weekend!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Great post, Pat, and wets my appetite to explore this area. Looks like a beautiful spot. Hope all is well!!

bettyl-NZ said...

The scenery is absolutely fabulous! I could stay out there for hours just taking pictures! I have to say, I bet your Granny knew what she was talking about.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful place to tour. S much to see here.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a gorgeous rugged area. The petroflyphs are always a neat find. I am glad you are out there hiking and finding them for us to view on your blog.
I think your granny could be right about the meaning of the barbell symbols. It makes sense to me. It is a pretty sky in the last photo. Happy weekend to you!

Kaya said...

Yes, yes this is a truly beautiful place. I like the rock and it's huge. I hope that clouds made your hiking a little bit cooler. I couldn't take my eyes from the third picture. it's a fantastic sculpture of rocks. Nature is an amazing artist.

Pat, these are great pictures and I enjoyed them very much.

Best wishes to you.

Nat said...

A beautiful, dramatic place... you have captured it so well Pat, as always!

Ida said...

I think it's amazing that you find the petroglyphs on the rocks like you do. Most people would just see a large rock and not even realize there was anything on them. Such interesting symbols. I agree the countryside is gorgeous and clouds always do look pretty in scenes like those. - I also think I wouldn't want to be caught in that gully during a flash flood.

Stewart M said...

I am in the Swiss Alps at present - which is just a wee bit different from the landscape in this post.

I think I need to organise a desert trip at some time.

Cheers - Stewart M - Grindelwald, Switzerland

Pat Tillett said...

Bob Bushell - Thanks Bob! I appreciate you saying that.

Icy BC - Thanks for the nice words! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by while you have all that going on.

Ron - Thanks Ron! I can see manatee in their. Although a lot of people wouldn't agree, I also think it's gorgeous out here. Hope you are having a great weekend also.

Spare Parts and Pics - Thanks Pete! It's a great area with lots to see for sure. If you can wait until it cools off some, I'd love to go out there with you. If you can't, no problema!

betty-NZ - I know what you mean. You wouldn't believe how many photos I've taken there. Granny was pretty knowledgeable about that stuff.

Rajesh - It sure is Rajesh! So much to see.

bill burke said...

Beautiful landscape and beautiful photos, Pat. Thanks for sharing your hike. There is always something new to see. Have a wonderful week.

Pat Tillett said...

eileeninmd - Hi Eileen! I'm really glad that you (and others) like this stuff. Hope you are having a great weekend also.

Kaya - Thanks so much Kaya! It's always a mixed bag with the clouds. If it's cloudy during the summer, it doesn't always make it cooler. The best skies are during the cooler months.

Nat - It sure is Nat! Thanks so much...

Ida - I have to admit, that I've walked right by some myself. My wife has a much better eye for finding them.

Stewart M - Oh yeah, a lot different! I'm sure you will taking a million amazing photos. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Pat Tillett said...

Bill Burke - Thank you Bill! Sharing is my pleasure. You also have a great week.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such weird and wonderful shaped rocks Pat.. I have absolute faith in your granny's theory, it's a fact that grans are always right 😀😀

Pat Tillett said...

PerthDailyPhoto - Those shapes are maybe my favorite thing about the area. I agree with you about grannies always being right. Mine sure seemed to be. Thanks Grace!

NatureFootstep said...

the third image, that rock is laughing :)

Pat Tillett said...

NatureFootstep - HA! You are right! I didn't notice it.

Marleen said...

What an amazing scenery! Hiking needs good preparation I'm sure. Great photos, Pat!
Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments :)

Pat Tillett said...

Marleen - Thanks so much for the nice words. The visit and comments were my pleasure...

Should Fish More said...

Great pictures, Pat. And so happy I wasn't there to witness them. Although it reached 82 today, it was 49 this morning.
Cheers, Pal
Mike

Pat Tillett said...

Should Fish More - Thanks Mike! That is a huge swing in temperature in one day. Have a good week!

John's Island said...

Hi Pat, Wow, you have some great photography here. What an excellent post! I came over thanks to your kind comment on my blog. I see that I've been missing a lot. I'm your newest follower! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to future posts!

Pat Tillett said...

John's Island - Thanks so much for the nice words John! I appreciate you signing on, and for taking the time to comment.