Searching for Sky Rock Petroglyphs

The Sky Rock Petroglyphs sit facing the sky in the volcanic  tablelands

The Sky Rock Petroglyphs are a set of ancient carvings etched onto a large boulder that faces the sky. They are located a few miles northeast of Bishop, CA, on the volcanic tablelands. I had long wanted to photograph these petroglyphs, and finally had the opportunity to visit the site. On my first visit, I spent about four hours exploring the area, climbing over boulders and skirting the occasional rattlesnake but eventually realized I was in the wrong location. Determined to see the petroglyphs, I returned the next day. On my way out, I noticed a field of wildflowers that I thought would make a subject for sunrise.

The Wildflowers

The next morning, we arrived before sunrise and made our way out into the field of wildflowers. We captured some beautiful shots with first light on the Eastern Sierra Mountains and a beautiful cloudy blue sky as a backdrop.

Heading back to the expansive tablelands, I eventually found the mesmerizing Petroglyphs. The intricate carvings and symbols etched into the rock surface were truly captivating. They prompted me to spend considerable time studying their details before capturing them in photos. With a collection of photographs to memorialize the experience, I made my way back to the car, cherishing the moments of discovery on the journey.

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