Modern American Petroglyphs

We went camping on the coast last week.  A walk along the beach was filled with fascinating artifacts–not just fossils and seashells, but also faces . . .

 

. . . art on the sandstone bluffs!

 

Some were naturally formed.

Some were less than eloquent and original.

Some told a story (we had fun with storylines for this one, located about 60 feet straight up the cliff, via a very steep sand dune)

Some were simply clever and entertaining.

Sure, most of them were technically illegal–defacement of a natural feature?  But unlike road-building or commercial development, etc,  none caused any real or lasting harm, and they carry forward an ancient tradition of self expression and creation of art from the earliest days of humankind.

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About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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5 Responses to Modern American Petroglyphs

  1. Biltrix says:

    It’s not quite the same but it reminds me of the Catacombs. You find this sort of thing all over the world, from cave art to graffiti. Italy is full of examples.

    Once I was exploring some cave with some friends outside of Rome and we came across some weird ancient-like etchings. A classics student who was with us was utterly flabbergasted and swore that they were Etruscan, to which I responded with a familiar Italian adage: “Se non è vero è ben trovato.” Translation: “sounds like a good story. Go with it!”

    Whether it actually was Etruscan or not, I liked finding it lost deep in some forgotten cave. The human spirit loves to leave signs of itself in the oddest of places, as if just to say “I was here!”

    • reinkat says:

      Yes! I watched the film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” yesterday night, about cave drawings in France. 35,000+ years old. It was amazing.
      A friend was spending some time at a convent in Italy, when a catacomb was discovered. She was allowed to go in and look, before the experts even came in. Old Christian frescos, a wonderful sight. I have no doubt that you could have seen Etruscan art.

  2. SR says:

    I loved this and thank you so much for sharing these. Is the dog yours? Beautiful!!! I love coming here and getting away to another world, as that always seems to me what your blog is. Art, nature, and simplicity. How I love it! God Bless, SR

    • reinkat says:

      Icons, monasteries, wilderness, and God. They are the Real World. Sometimes it is hard to return to town and my job, and have to struggle to find time for what is truly important. What a blessing a vacation is!
      Ivan thanks you for the compliment, SR–he has always felt that he is beautiful even when everybody laughs at his mohawk hair-do.

  3. reinkat says:

    Thank you so much for all the likes!

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