Driving into the high-altitude city of Bishop on more than one occasion, I had always wondered if there was anything of interest between Hwy 395 (the main north-south Eastern Sierra highway) and the White Mountains to the east. Bishop is the town most photographers stop at or pass through on their way to the Bishop Creek area lakes for Fall Color photography. After some quick research, I soon realized the plateau is called the Volcanic Tablelands, teeming with hundreds of ancient petroglyphs at dozens of sites. While we were able to see a few dozen petroglyphs at one well-known site, there are still some “holy grail” locations we just did not have time to explore and find.
With the sun setting on the White Mountains, we viewed a stash of petroglyphs highlighted by this lone stick figure on a rock and a set of 3, possibly, bear claw glyphs the next rock over. With the sun fading and our stomachs seeking actual food, we reluctantly headed back to the car and city of Bishop, vowing to come back the next day or the following. Unfortunately, with the approaching storm and the possibility of mountain pass closures blocking our direct route home, we will have to explore this area during our next trip. Then we can see firsthand Sky Rock and 13 Moons petroglyphs.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 19mm, f/16, 1 sec
Bishop (CA), Stick Figure Petroglyph, White Mountains, Sunset. Volcanic Tablelands, Bishop, CA. November 27, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.