Monday, July 30, 2018

JTNP - Lost Horse Valley Area - Petroglyphs 1

Although this post is about a small and obscure petroglyph site, most of the photos relate to the scenery instead. 

The general area is called Lost Horse Valley. I'll pipe down now, hope you enjoy the rest of the photos.














It's not much of a petroglyph panel, but I love it just the same.





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65 comments:

  1. Some interesting looking trees in that area.

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    1. I agree Alex. How they got their name is pretty interesting also.
      Legend has it that some Mormon settlers were crossing the Mojave desert way back in the day, When they first saw these trees. Somebody remarked that they reminded him of a biblical story in which Joshua raised his arms to heaven and prayed.

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  2. ...the rocks look like BIG muffins! Neat area.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that Tom. They do!

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  3. I imagine those rocks with petroglyphs were like early, early art museums for people of the time. Lovely photography.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Your guess is just as good as any other. Nobody really completely knows.

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  4. I couldn't keep it out of my thoughts ... scrotum rocks.

    Just saying.

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    1. HA! That's funny Mac..
      First time I've heard that one.

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  5. Those are so big and so amazing too!

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    1. I agree Brian. These are the kind of scenes that make JT my favorite national park.

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  6. Awesome area ---and perfect for a photographer.... I love all of those interesting rock formations... One looked like a great big heart....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I saw the heart also Betsy. There is so much to see (and photograph) here. I certainly don't consider myself a photographer, but I can't even imagine how many photos I've taken in JT.

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  7. Such a pretty place - I love those mushroom rocks.

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  8. I love JT -- I miss the high desert (although chances are rather small that I'd ever again be able to hike far enough to see this particular part of it). The shadow of the Joshua Tree on the boulder in picture 1 is perfect -- and any petroglyph is a small miracle. Thanks for letting us enjoy the beautiful hike virtually.

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    1. You are welcome, and thanks right back at you for being here.
      You have some wonderful high desert up there in Oregon. I hope to be able to spend some time there sometime.

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  9. Where is this Pat? Near Joshua Tree? I apparently missed a lot on my visit there a few years ago. Hope you're well.

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    1. Hi Mike! It is actually in the park, and you were probably pretty close to it at some point. I am doing well, and hope you are also.

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  10. What a grand site. I love those big rocks, they are definitely amazing to see.

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    1. I agree Bill. I've been there more times than I can remember, and am always amazed by what I see.

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  11. This is such unique scenery and I loved the post you did with ol' Spare Parts. I haven't heard about fires ever getting to Joshua Tree and wonder what it could even burn. The rock shapes really kick start the imagination.

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    1. Hi Jeanna! Thanks, I had a great time on that hike.
      Joshua Trees do burn, and there has been some pretty large fires there in the past.

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  12. Well done Pat - in finding that. Very cool. And great shots again. Many of those shots, especially the first ones remind me of many an old Cowboy and Indian film, or 50s sci-fi. Must be those trees. That first one looks like a movie set. Really cool shot.

    Thanks for sharing your passion.

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    1. Thanks Anthony! Oh yeah, there have been a ton of movies and videos filmed out there. Sharing this stuff is my pleasure. Thanks for hanging around all these years.

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  13. As ever, wonderful landscape and wonderful photographs of it.
    Mentioned your blog on today's post on Loose and Leafy - tinyurl.com/y8t5xxzf
    Hope that's ok. Can change it if not.
    Lucy

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy!
      Also, thanks for the mention on your post today. I just read it, and now I'm going to go back and comment. Hope you have a great week.

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  14. Wow -- such amazing and beautiful scenery (and shots)!

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona! It is a beautiful place.

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  15. Hello, I have never been to Joshua Park, it looks beautiful. I love the rock formations and the plants. Beautiful skies. Great sighting of the petroglyphs. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen! I also love all of those things.

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  16. Those big rocks look a bit like misshapen bread rolls! And I wonder what happened to the horse after he got lost in Lost Horse valley. Very unhospitable country for a horse I should think!

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    1. Well it seems the horse wasn't really lost. It was stolen. It's a pretty interesting story. I'll do a post on it sometime.

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    2. Yes. please do. I would love to hear it (I mean read it obviously!!!).

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    3. And so you shall!
      I try to get it done soon.

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  17. Those rocks are an impressive sight, Pat. Very nicely photographed!

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  18. Thank you for your comments on my blog. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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  19. You made the desert look inviting with your photos, Pat

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    1. Thanks DEZ! I hope they are inviting enough to have you visit them someday. Not during summer...

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  20. Those rocks are impressive.
    Very nicely photographed!
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma! Best regards to you also.

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  21. Hi Pat. Great photos and a cool petroglyph panel. I'm certain I would have hiked right past it and missed it altogether! Looks like some really interesting rock formations in this area.

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  22. It looks like the set of a Western movie.
    I like how you mixed in black and white photos with the colored shots - nice touch.

    Stay well, Pat. I always enjoy my visits here.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I enjoy your visits also. It seems like some scenes scream out to be photographed in black and white.

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  23. What a cool place. Some of the rock formations remind me of Aliens from outer space. Great scenery here for sure.

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    1. It sure is Ida! You wouldn't believe how many rock formations there are there.

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  24. those rocks looks very "friendly" like a loving amily careing for each other :)

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    1. They seem friendly to me. Most of them anyway...

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  25. Those large rocks make me think of a giant's teeth - in desperate need of some dental work! Fabulous shots of a gripping landscape.

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    1. Thanks Angie! Some of them do look like giant teeth. Some like people, some like animals, and some look like everything else.

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  26. Oh my gosh Pat! What an incroyable series of images, j'adore! The rock 'sculptures' are too amazing and you have found all the very best angles to show them. This is a pretty fabulous piece of work you have shared with us, merci beaucoup ✨

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    1. Thanks so much Grace! I truly appreciate the nice words. The rocks really are amazing in this area. The sky on the other hand, can be brutal at times.

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    1. Thanks Kelleyn! I really appreciate that you took the time to read and comment on my post.

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  28. Pat, these photographs are FANTASTIC! I LOVE those trees (or perhaps they are catus?) The rock formations are stunning. I especially love the black and whites because of the shadowy contrasts. And the fifth image down is incredible. I love the angle.

    Once again, I thank you for sharing the beauty of where you live.

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    1. Thank you Ron! Joshua Trees are a type of Yucca (many people think Yucca is a cactus of some type). For the fifth image I had to lay on my back between those two rocks.

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    1. I agree Bob! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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