I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
Heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
… And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
… The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.
- Both excerpts from Bob Dylan songs, 1963. https://bobdylan.com/songs/
Does wind appear in rock art? Does rain? I don’t know. I do sense some petroglyphs as atmospheric. Certainly changing weather, influencing rain and snow, yearning to start or stop the wind, figures in many stories and ethnographic reports in the West, indeed, in all times and cultures. Cupule boulders are often viewed as related to wind and rain control. My testimony here with these four “abstract” images, below, is less reasonable.
Rain - hard or soft - doesn’t fall; waters are pulled by lusty Earth. Gravity’s desire. Wind - soft or hard - doesn’t blow; airs are twirled by the Sun. Solar whim.
Archaic petroglyphs bear witness to wind and rain, to gravity and solar. Deities of the Stone. Forces natural and super. Sensed here, now, soon to change, as the Weather.
Below: Four photos from the High Lakes region of the northern Great Basin