The Petroglyph National Monument stretches seventeen miles along a series of basalt ridges created by an ancient lava flow west of Albuquerque. I went recently to a section of the monument that is infrequently visited and found some nice panels mid-way up the longest ravine. This kachina warrior probably dates from somewhere between the 13th and 17th Centuries. There are a few like this at each of the major sites within the monument boundaries.
The star face figures such as this one below are also found frequently. I did not see this one until I walked by it on my second visit when it was illuminated by the setting sun.
Most of the star face figures are depicted as simple four-prong stars, some with rudimentary appendages. The one below is the first I've noticed that is attached to a well-proportioned body. As with the kachina figure nearby, this one holds a war club in the right hand. The left grasps a bow.
Many of the rock art figures have gotten very dim from weathering the centuries. It often takes many visits to the same site to find just the right light to bring out design features for the camera. Now that our monsoon season is starting up, I hope to get back to the place again soon to see how things look under an overcast sky.
This set of pictures was made with my Pentax Spotmatic and a 24mm SMC Takumar lens. The wide-angle is helpful in framing shots when one is forced to shoot from cramped and precarious positions among the surrounding boulders. On my next visit I'll probably take the Kodak Reflex II, a tlr with a lens that is very helpful in sorting out the nuances of tone and texture of the petroglyphs.