However I look at this image — with intuitive understanding, respectful logic, or measuring calculation — it eludes. And that’s OK.
From minimal light marking of the stone, a complex figure emerges. A dot-dash vertical “body”; its base three-forked tail-legs-roots. Above, a thin mark above an intersection of left and right extensions. The figure’s left, a line spikes up then curves down ending with a loose circle. The figure’s right extension zig-zags and appears to terminate in a small natural opening. Below, loose oval shapes may be related. A lower double zig-zag appears older and may not be related to the figure.
This bi-symmetrical figure, executed with clear intention, evades interpretation. A possible bio-form; perhaps a spirit being. The elegance of this image lies in its sparse articulation and implied power. Minimal and complex.
Petroglyph on basalt boulder, Lassen County, photo September 2018