How and where does an image begin or end. To re-present a petroglyph in a photograph is always to contain. This re-imaging becomes imaginal, an interpretation. When the petroglyph suggests flight, or soaring, perhaps it is a moment to follow along, drift, look out, up, and away.
The three photos below offer aspects of this east-facing petroglyph-on-basalt. This petroglyph is one among the countless array at the well-documented, public BLM site called Chidago/Red Rock (MNO-8), located about 20 miles north of Bishop CA. (Photos Douglas Beauchamp, April 2018)
The image appears bi-symmetrical. Suggesting wings, feelers or streamers, antennae or pincers, extend from a segmented “body” with a three-part “tail”. Perhaps of a spirit-being realm.
The image extends beyond the stone, here in landscape-view looking south toward the Owens River Valley and beyond - the Sierras. One of many ways to see.
Another series of markings, perhaps a second petroglyph, is below the first image. A different time or different intent? Or related? If so, how?