Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rock Art

I'm back into the archives today - in two ways.

These shots are from a trip to central Australia last year, and they show some of the rock art that can be seem from the footpaths that skirt the base of Ularu.

These sites contain many paintings and symbols, the meaning of which is unknown to me.  But what it does show that the culture that produced them had a rich and varied understanding of what was going on around them. They were creating a symbolic understanding of their own world.   Humans are all story makers (why do you think blogging is so popular?) and even if I can't read the words of these stories I feel a kind of connection with the urge to communicate.

I have pictures of some of the more famous styles from trips further north - I think I need to go back to northern Australia - but they are as slides.  I feel an evening with a scanner coming on!






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17 comments:

Fun60 said...

I was not only fascinated by the art work on the rocks but by the stories of how the rocks became those shapes. The Australian Indigenous people must be some of the best story tellers ever.

Revrunner said...

I think I've seen that spiral motif before on rocks in the southwestern U.S.

Naquillity said...

these photos are great. it would be neat to understand what was said during that time. thanks for stopping by my blog. hope all is well. have a great weekend, what's left.

TexWisGirl said...

really neat.

thewovenspoke said...

Those are some really nice shots of hieroglyphics , I have seen some similar here in the U.S. Southwest. Someday I would love to see Australia.

Montanagirl said...

Those are really cool!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, neat captures of the Rock art. So each picture tells a story of what was happening many years ago? Very cool! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Sylvia K said...

I love the rock art and your captures are great, Stewart! I really find it interesting that there are similar drawings found here in the western US! Maybe it's an even smaller world than we think??!!! Have a great week!

Brian King said...

Very unique! And great that these are still around.

Roan said...

Enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading your informative post.

JRandSue said...

Australia is a Magical place,full of rich Folk Art,will visit one day.
Great post.
John.

Weekend-Windup said...

Looks great!

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of these rock stories.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this kind of stuff.

edenhills said...

What great photos of these fascinating relics. So glad you've shared them.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

These are so cool. I love stuff like this.

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks for posting these Stewart. Many of them are similar to what we see here in the Southwestern part of the U.S. Images made by Shamans, while in a dream state (translation: after ingesting peyote or other hallucinogens).