@thatssorach takes in the view from an enormous cave in Comb Ridge. Shelters like this provided shelter for the first inhabitants of the South West. This cave is still littered with obvious evidence of human habitation hundreds of years after people have moved on to other abode. #utah#bearsears
Another day, another group of ancient handprints. These are from a site in San Juan County, Utah. An interesting thing is that there are both left and right hands recorded. These were not necessarily easy to make. Blowing aersolized paint across an outstretched hand takes some technological sophistication. More than any other forms of Rock Art, negative hand prints remind me of a form of spray paint graffiti. I guess it is because the method is the same. #bearsears#utah
Dawn at the summit of Comb Ridge. This is part of the new 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument. Besides the spectacular scenery the monument also holds over 100,000 archeological sites. It is the homeland of the Dine, Hopi, Ute, and Mountain Ute people. #bearsears#utah
Stars wheel above engraved boulders in Comb Wash, San Juan County Utah.
Comb Wash and Comb Ridge cut into the heart of the new Bears Ears National Monument. #night#utah#bearsears
4 negative and one positive handprint in a cave in San Juan County Utah. Handprints have to be the most ubiquitous form of rock art. I've seen them the world over. They are the original signature. The first sign that "I was here." #rockart#Utah
Comb Ridge, Utah
Rock art fascinates me. The images last thousands, sometimes tens of thousand of years. And even though we don't share the culture or even the language of the artist, the images still have power.
This panel is carved into the sandstone of Comb Ridge in Southern Utah. It's part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. The Bears Ears contain over 100,000 archaeological sites. Th e landscape is central to the Dine, Hopi, Ute and Mountain Ute tribes. Check out the support link in my profile to help as I work on a massive project documentation the deep history of art. #BearsEars#Utah
Petroglyphs in Comb Wash, Utah
Comb Wash runs through the heart of the Bears Ears National Monument. The floor of the wash is sprinkled with boulders that have fallen from the heights of Comb Ridge. Certain boulders seem to stand out within the landscape. Inevitably those rocks are carved with petroglyphs. Its a basic human instinct to mark our passage. I have an archaeologist friend who says that what people are doing with those carvings is making the landscape sacred. The landscape of the Bears Ears has thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs, it certainly feels sacred. The landscape is beautiful and open and empty. It also belongs to all Americans. Lets work to keep it that way. #standwithbearsears#bearsears#utah#ancientartarchive
Evening petroglyph shoot in Comb Wash.
The new Bears Ears National Monument is a cultural treasure. The land in the monument is central to the histories of the native people of the Southwest. Signs of their time here is everywhere. #ancientartarchive#keepitpublic#bearsears#utah
The top of Comb Ridge in the new Bears Ears National Monument.
The quiet here is so profound. Except for the occasional buzz of a fly or the trill of a canyon wren it's as if there is an absence of sound. The only other place I've experienced that is northern Namibia. The Bears Ears is stunning and belongs to us all. #keepitpublic#bearsears#utah
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The first time I saw Barrier Canyon Style rock art was in Sego Canyon. The figures intimidated me so much at the time! I still find them spooky but more enigmatic that frightening. Rock art is a window into the world view of its creator. The subject still fascinates me! #utah
Never waste a sunrise. Road trip continues. #wyoming
Entering Idaho with the best traveling companion. I do love a road trip! #roadtrip#idaho
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Dr. Marcos García Diez squeezes through a tight cave passage in Northern Spain while looking for the world's oldest art. Marcos is one of the world's leading experts on the paleolithic art of Spain. He was leading me deep into this cave to show me the different kinds of cave art. There are huge, sites like the famous Altamira and El Castillo caves. Those artworks seem to have been made for public consumption. Then there are small intimate sites. He was leading me to one of those on this trip. We climbed, crawled and squeezed our way into the back of this cave. Finally after what felt like hours we came to a tiny passage that contained an exquisitely carved goat. It is among the most incredible things I have seen in my long career photographing for @natgeo. The passage was so narrow that only one of us could be in it at a time. 20,000 years ago one of my ancestors (I am Spanish after all) carved an animal into this the cave wall in a place that no one would likely see it. Why did they do it? We will never know, but tracking down those questions still fascinates me.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo in #Spain
Barrier Canyon Style rock art is among the most beautiful and enigmatic in the world. Years ago, as a young photographer I used to roam the American west seaking things to photograph. At a teacher's suggestion I began looking at Barrier Canyon sites in Utah. The images simultaneously scared, inspired and enchanted me. 20+ years later I am still working on the subject! You can follow my progress at the Ancient Art Archive. There is a live link in my profile that takes you to the support page (@salvarezphoto) #utah#barriercanyon#rockart
Bison bison don't you just love the name? Genus and species are the same. These bison are part of a friend's herd in Southern Tennessee's Lost cove. We are well within the pre European contact range of Bison bison. Mason and DIxon write about encountering them as they surveyed their famous Mason-Dixon line. There is something wonderfully calming about seeing theses big shaggy beast roaming the eastern woodland. #bison#home
A delicate rhinoceros graces the wall of Chauvet Cave in France
Painted 36,000 years ago this is one of my favorite pieces of Paleolithic art. The images says so much about the world of Ice Age France. 36 millennium ago large, dangerous animals roamed Europe. There were lions, giant cave bears and rhinos. I photographed this image for a @natgeo story on why we became artists. That assignment grew into a massive project that I am still working on today called the Ancient Art Archive. It is a worldwide effort to explore and preserve humanity’s first stories. Some of the paintings and engravings that the Archive documents are so old that all of us are directly related to the artists. There is a live link in my profile (@salvarezphoto) that takes you to the project support page. #ancientartarchive#chauvet
The Butler Wash Panel in the new Bears Ears National Monument
These glyphs date from around 1500 BCE. The Butler Wash panel is one of thousands of pieces of prehistoric artwork in the newly created Bears Ears National Monument. The land, archeological sites and art contained in this national treasure without equal in the world. There are over 100,000 archeological sites in the Bears Ears. It is sacred land for the Dine, Hopi, Ute and Zuni peoples. I'm making plans to return to the Bears Ears this spring with my Ancient Art Archive project. We help people explore and preserve humanity's oldest stories. Its a global initiative to preserve our shared culture by recording the oldest art on the planet. The live link in my profile (@salvarezphoto) takes you to our support page. #BearsEars#keepitpublic
American Bison in Lost Cove, Tennessee
There is something so absolutely prehistoric about these animals. I can stare at them all day long in amazement. Just try to imagine a world where they roamed the a large a mount of North America in massive herds. It's estimated that prior to 1800 60 million animals roamed a rough triangle of land bounded by Canada's Great Bear Lake in the North, the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon in the South and the Atlantic Seaboard in the East. Imagine that, 60 million animals... #buffalo#bison
My daughter makes designs with fire one evening at Lost Cove Farm, Tennessee
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A young green turtle swims through the blue waters off Hook Island in the Whitsunday Islands. The turtles are amazing. So graceful and serene as they fly through the water. #whitsunday#turtle
Road trip to Whidbey Island today. Even in February weather the Pacific Northwest is amazing!
The Butler Wash panel in the newly created Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
This panel dates from the dawn of agriculture in this part of North America. It is massive and beautiful. So happy that it is included in the new Bears Ears National Monument.
It is an awe inspiring sight, one straight out of the pleistocene, thousands of huge birds filling the sky. Spring is coming and the Sandhill Crane migration is coming through my home in Tennessee. I photographed these cranes at a wildlife refuge along the Hiwassee River in the eastern part of the state. Without a system of refuges these birds would likely have nowhere to go and this sight would disappear from our skies. The system of protected public land we have in this country is amazing. These sights and our public land belong to all of us. #crane#bird#publicland#keepitpublic
I photographed these paintings as part of a lengthy @natgeo story on why people became artists. Standing in front of images that old is an awe inspiring experience. Its like time collapses, 35 millennium drop away and the artist who made those paintings spoke straight to me. That experience made me launch the Ancient Art Archive. It is a global initiative to preserve our shared culture by identifying and recording the oldest art on the planet. We use photography and 3D modeling to bring the experience of the art to as many people as possible and also to guard it against loss. Follow the link in my profile @salvarezphoto for the project's support page.
Rachel keeps in touch with her friends while waiting for tonight's full moon and eclipse. #reflection
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Tito Bustillo cave in Asturias, Spain contains remarkable paleolithic paintings and drawings. I shot this 14,000 year old horse drawing on assignment for a @natgeo story on ancient art. That assignment grew into a massive project that I am still working on today called the Ancient Art Archive. It is a worldwide effort to document, save and share the world's first artworks. Some of the paintings and engravings that the Archive documents are so old that all of us are directly related to the artists. There is a live link in my profile (@salvarezphoto) that takes you to the project support page. #ancientartarchive#spain
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