My friends! I want to share something very special with you. We came to visit my parents for a few days, and my dad led me around the old stomping grounds. He dropped me off at Molen’s Seep in Emery County and said, “Look around. Find yourself some rock art.”
Oh. Oh, it was beautiful. There’s nothing like looking around and finding that tell-tale red iron oxide on the rocks. This is how I grew up. This is what I used to do all of the time, with my family or friends or by myself.
I’ve never been to Molen’s Seep and it was gorgeous! I’m so excited to show you some pictographs and petroglyphs. A great way to tell the two apart are to remember that pictographs are painted on like pictures and petroglyphs are pecked in with rocks. Never touch rock art because you don’t want to destroy it. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
Here’s a video of my favorite panel, which I simply cooed over.
This is my home area, and I write about it quite a bit. This is Bryony’s Desert from Pretty Little Dead Girls. This is also the backdrop of “Sand and Salt” in Shadow Atlas and “Cactus Flowers and Bone Flutes” in Animus Mundi.
I was made to live by the sea, but I was born from the desert, and it’s deeply a part of me. It’s a pleasure to return.