Moab, Utah 3

The preceding post ended with information and images of my visit to the Edge of the Cedars Museum and Ruins. I now continue where I left off with a few pictures of the museums treasures, the best of its kind in existence.

Ladder that provides access to the restored Kiva at the Edge of the Cedars Museum.

Poster for the Edge of the Cedars Museum. I spend most of my time exploring the desert on foot, but this museum is a special repository of pottery and other Puebloan artifacts.

The Murray Effigy Discovery Site is one of several discoveries made by private citizens, and reported to authorities.

Pots from the Howell-Ney Nested Bowl Discovery Site. All of the private citizens that found these sites, guarded the sites from looters that would have otherwise sold them to private collectors for substantial sums. The discoverers could have done the same, so having the site named after them is the most appropriate action that the land managers can offer. Seems that a fund could be established to offer good samaritans a little more incentive to explore new sites.

Bowls from the Halsey Site Collection: aside from the honor of having a site named for the discoverers, they have the satisfaction of having the bowls go to a museum where we all can see them, versus hoarded in private collections.

Corrugated jar from the Owl Canyon Site in Mesa Verde National park, along with soil and rock specimens from the formation in which they were found.

A prized intact hourglass shaped basket recovered by US National Park archaeologists from Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.

Varius projectile points collected from many different sites, with different attachment structures.

Several stone axe heads from an assortment of sites.

Miniature pottery; according to the interpretive signage, they may have been used for ceremonial purposes, made as toys for children or practice pots for training purposes(approximately 1″ tall).

One of the most treasured finds is the red sash in the upper left made from the feathers of the Scarlet Macaw from Mexico.

The following images of wildflowers taken from various sites in the Moab area.

Beavertail Cactus(Opuntia basilaris).

Unidentified blossom.

Desert Globe Mallow(Sphaeralcea ambigua).

Desert Willow(Chilopsis linearis).

Annual Yellow Sweetclover(Melilotus indicus).

Prince’s Plume(Stanleya pinnata).

Smoothleaf Penstemon(Penstemon Leiophyllus).

Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii).

Common Side-blotched Lizard(Uta stansburiana). The individual was not very responsive: it only began to move if you touched it. If one looks at its front left hand, its not exactly ready to jump.

Tiger Whiptail (Cnemidophorus tigris) This species comes in a plethora of color variations. I spotted this individual in Upper Butler Wash among the Horsetails(Equisetum Spp.)

Common Sagebrush Lizard(Sceloporus graciosus). Doing pushups, a form of territorial display.

Pictographs, native peoples wall paintings and petroglyphs, native peoples wall carvings can be found throughout the southwest. The arid climate helps preserve them and their often remote locations sometimes reduces vandalism.

Petroglyph, very probably a Desert Bighorn Sheep, which were abundant during the early Puebloan period.

A variety of petroglyphs chiseled into desert varnish. Sadly some contemporary graffiti has been added to this otherwise wonderful native peoples art work.

More Puebloan petroglyphs worked on desert varnish.

Many well preserved pictographs and contemporary graffiti.

Fascinating pictographs with a great variety of forms.

More pictographs from the same wall as above.

Detail from a previous image of Anasazi Puebloan pictograph rock art. Anasazi in the Navajo language means stranger or enemy.

The following images represent the diversity of land forms the area around Moab that I visited with Kathy.

From the Kane Springs Road looking toward the Basecamp area.

The Doctor Seuss-like rock formations: Kathy said that the one in the center looks like a Hershey’s Kiss!

Distorted rock soldiers marching along a ridge.

The dark areas, Desert Varnish, add elements of contrast and texture to the otherwise uniform red slick rock formations. Thank you, vast periods of time to fashion these elaborate and varied land forms.

One of canyons were we found native peoples rock art.

Published by sabaiedmsncom

I am a former park ranger, and coastal dune preserve manager, now retired and photographing the places that suit my wanderlust. I usually have a general idea of where I want to travel to, but once on the road I just follow my nose: it seldom steers me wrong.

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