Category Archives: Petroglyphs

If I Were a Caveman…

If I were a caveman, perhaps my “photos” of Great Blue Herons would have been rendered like the relics below.

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron overhead.

Even the ancient peoples tried to capture heron-like birds in their art. Without cameras they painted and carved likenesses on the rock walls of caves.

Does this first image look like the heron has caught a frog?

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USA, Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park, Cave paintings

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This image shows crane-like birds:

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Detailed petroglyph depicts snakes and cranes. Nine Mile Canyon, Utah.

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More heron-like birds:

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‘Carved Petroglyph’ (People, deers, elks, birds, boots and circles), 4th-3rd millenium BC. Russian Forest Cultures. Found in the collection of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

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I’m a big fan of ancient cave art, and was pleased to find a small number of images that portrayed birds similar to herons and cranes. Many of the cave paintings, carvings, and rock petroglyphs center on large game animals and hunting figures, and the large wading birds appear only rarely.

Because I can’t draw my way out of a paper bag, as the expression goes, it’s a good thing that I live in an era of modern cameras instead of prehistoric times – when my heron captures would only have had cave walls for their canvas.

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Thanks to Donncha and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Cave Art, Petroglyphs

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