Monday, May 22, 2017

Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach

The central coast of California is one of the most beautiful coastal areas anywhere. 

Dinosaur Caves park is in the little City of Pismo Beach.

Most city parks are set up around sports and recreation. However, you won't find any baseball diamonds, tennis courts, or even a swimming pool in this one.

What you will find is an amazing coastline. Cliffs, coves, and lots of gorgeous views. The little town of Shell Beach is on the other side of the park.

 I have NO IDEA why they call it Dinosaur Caves. I didn't see any of either.

 Okay, kayaking qualifies as a sporting activity.

 Also fishing! Hope she doesn't slip. It's a long way down.

 This was a pretty cool sight

 There's that kayak again. Is it safe going through that "dinosaur cave?"

Okay, so it wasn't very thrilling at all. Pretty much all I have for this post is photos. So I had to play it up a bit. Umkay? I'll shut up now.

 Hey, I think they're following me around...

The photos really don't do this place justice. Hard to get the smell, the wind, and the sounds of the ocean in a photo. Hope you enjoyed the photos...


Monday, May 8, 2017

Hidden Valley Area Pictographs - Joshua Tree National Park

Although the pictographs at this site aren't spectacular, the site certainly is.
I first saw these pictographs more than 50 years ago. Since that time they have faded quite a bit, and have suffered some vandalism. I think that you will agree with me that the site is pretty cool.

I wonder where the pictographs might be? 

Yes, that is a mortero (mortar) in the foreground. In this case however, it is likely to be ceremonial in nature, rather than for preparing food (or maybe used for both).

 This is a pretty cool boulder. Right?

 For scale.

Not much to see with the naked eye. 

 I believe that the symbol in the middle is a stylized human (anthropomorphic)

 The rest of the photos have been enhanced a bit with DStretch.

A nice little sunburst and what looks like initials and phone number. That part sucks.

 See the number in bottom middle of the photo? At least I think it's a number.

This site might not be visible at all (to the naked eye) for much longer. This is part of my problem with "saving these sites for future generations." Pretty soon, there will be nothing to see. It's time to figure out ways to share some of these sites, while still protecting them from vandals, and unintentional damage by viewers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We Already Have a Wall. A Big Ugly Wall...

California already has a wall on our border with Mexico. A wall that stretches as far as the eye can see (and further). If you don't live near it, or have never seen it, I guess how it looks doesn't matter much to you. However, if you have seen it, it looks like a big long scar across the landscape. Politics aside, it is ugly...

This scene was just screaming to be black & white

What does that sign say?

HA! I got closer than 100 feet...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Another Amazing Unknown Pictograph Site - Joshua Tree National Park

I've never heard so much as a peep about this site. It is obscure to the point that it isn't even a secret.
It also contains some symbols that I've never seen anywhere else.

This is not in the same area as the pictos in this post. I just liked the photo and needed to work it in somewhere.

There are a lot of boulders that look similar to this one in the area. After sticking my head in several of them, bingo!

It was partially hollow. 

 The other side of the boulder.

 A new symbol to me. Something to do with females and fertility, me thinks. 

Two layers of pictographs. The first and third symbol are solid, while the second and fourth are totally hollow, including the vertical parts. All four of them are attached to a horizontal bar on top.  I wonder if this is related to the Red Diamond chains hanging from the horizontal bar in the next photo?

The four symbols in the previous photo, and the three diamond chains in this one, are representative of "female." So maybe both are part of a female puberty initiate ceremony. If you do follow this LINK, it will take to my post relating to that subject, and this photo. If you don't, no problem...

 This spot clearly had old pictos in it.

After DStretch

A third panel in the hollow boulder