Giant Echidna, Arnhem Land, Australia, c. 40,000 BC
This rock painting of Zaglossus hacketti, a sheep-sized Echidna from the Pleistocene era, was found alongside depictions of other extinct megafauna in Australia’s Northern Territory—giant Emus, giant Kangaroos, and Thylacines. Since some of these animals have been extinct since 40,000 BC, these cave paintings must date to a similar era.
I have been exploring ancestral Native American rock art images of shamans, re-interpreting some of the forms using scratchboard techniques. Ritual snake handling was apparently in the job description for these ancient holy men.
Thanks to @cynrk for the note about Arizona’s birthday!
While younger than Oregon (statehood in 1912), equally amazing in very different ways. Our post highlights some of the most interesting things about BLM Arizona public lands - petroglyphs, unique wildlife, cool cactus and other plants, out-of-this world geologic formations and so much more. A lot to love about Arizona on Valentine’s Day.
For endless solitude and stargazing, plan a visit to Whitney Pocket in Nevada. Whitney Pocket is located at the intersection of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway and Whitney Pass Road. It contains a cluster of sandstone outcrops with cultural resource sites, including prehistoric habitation and rock art. Makes for amazing day and nighttime views.