|The dancing man|
|A "maybe" glyph in Mushroom Canyon|
Yes, since finding a fantastic panel (really a large individual petroglyph) in Flying V Canyon last year, I'd been hoping to make lightning strike twice and find some more rock art in my several explorations of the Selden Hills this year. I'd been unlucky so far but that changed on Monday.
I was delighted as always to oh so casually come upon the first panel on a gray boulder, as if it was meant to happen.
I had refrained from a lot of fruitless searching rocks on the hillsides,because as I looked back in my mind, the odds come down hard on the rock art being along, or in the arroyo itself. Now,this isn't true in every instance, but it almost always has to be the place to start.
I didn't find a lot of petroglyphs, but what I did find struck me as odd, because of the seemingly wide disparity in styles. Someone out there with the experience and knowledge is welcome to explain.
Seamus and I returned to our car going up several little ridges and plateaus, and down into their intervening arroyos, always on the look out for any signs of the people who went before, the ones who left behind the art on the rocks.
Note: I must, as I have before, tell everyone that this is NMSU property. Although, the area is not posted, enter with the knowledge that you may be considered a trespasser. Railroad property may be posted as well. It can be easier walking along( not on, please) the tracks,but I don't recommend it. Walk in the river bed or up and down the brushy ridges like we did and cross where you need to. It's harder ,but more fun and less dangerous.