As you know, I try to keep the narrative to a minimum in my posts and it's not often that I ask you to read everything in them (and there usually isn't much), but this time I'm asking. So, please read the whole thing. Umkay?
We decided to finesse and/or bully our way through it. Unfortunately, the canyon was having no part of that.
Bright and early on day two, I came back by myself, prepared for a hike.
Here's a little closer look. See it now?
If you will bear with me, at the end of this post I'll tell what the (or is it?) part of the title means.
This part of the pictographs really doesn't need much enhancing, but I did it anyway.
This one doesn't need enhancing either.
This one is very hard to see.
It looks like a row of tic-marks. I'm not sure of the meaning.
This one needs some enhancing.
The view looking back towards the way I came into this alcove.
Same view, but enhanced, so you can see most of the pictographs in this photo.
I haven't seen or heard very much about this location either on the Internet or in books. However, every time I have, it was referred to as the "Diamond Solstice Cave" or "Diamond Solstice Site." I'm no expert, but I don't see anything in this spot that relates to it being a "Solstice" site. I've never read anything relating to that either. If you remember, I've said that most of the symbols drawn or scratched in the places I've shown you, were either done by Shaman, or initiates. These diamond symbols were likely painted by initiates, more precisely, "puberty initiates." I've read things about these red diamond symbols in a couple of places. The following quote is from one of them.
"The final event of the Luiseno Indian puberty celebration consisted of a race, called a "hayie," to a certain rock where a relative of each girl awaited her with a little pot of red ochre paint. On arrival each initiate painted a design on the rock. Indian informants indicated that these designs were always diamond-shaped and represented the rattlesnake." (Dolcie H. Vuncannon)
As with most rock art, there is little in the way of actual proof relating to any of it. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. In the 14th and 15th photos there is a known symbol that I said I'd explain to those of you who don't know it already. That symbol is called a "Yoni" and has been a part of American Indian rock art for thousands of years. A "yoni" is a female hoo-hoo. The symbol is not really a sexual reference, but one of fertility.
So is this solstice site, or is it a fertility related site? I may be wrong, but when you combine the red diamonds with the "yoni" in the same small place. I think the answer is pretty clear. Well, as clear as something like this can be anyway...
If you actually hung around and read all this, I commend you and I thank you...