A few years ago, I went out in search of this well-hidden rock shelter full of pictographs. It is the most decorated cave in
Joshua Tree that I have found so far. Pictographs cover the walls and ceiling of the interior cave. It was difficult to photograph them in such tight quarters. This is an amazing place!
If you find this little hidden gem, please respect it and treat it with great care. It is an irreplaceable and sacred place.
While hiking out to the cave, I spot a roadrunner.
Heading into the hidden cave.
The cave looks quite unassuming at first. It does have a couple of red pigment pictographs.
Note the smoke stained roof from fires of long ago.
A look at one of the pictographs.
White and red pictographs on the roof here.
Some of the pictographs are nearly impossible to photograph due to the soot. This enhanced color brings the red and white out.
I use my same false color process on this pictograph mixed in with the soot. You can see some faint white that is nearly invisible to the naked eye.
I go inside the main chamber. Wow, there are a lot of pictographs in here.
Enhanced color version.
Some of the various symbols in here. One looks like a sun.
Pictographs cover the walls and ceiling. It is hard to photograph them.
Long row of diamond chains and bisected circles above them.
The chains remind me of the San Luis Rey style of pictographs more common in coastal southern California. I’m not sure if this is the same style. Enhanced color.
Looking down lower.
Looks like a sun symbol on the left.
To the right.
Slightly enhanced photo of this panel.
This very interesting panel is fading away.
False color enhancement brings these out. Two central figures here.
This figure combines the circle, diamond chain and sunburst together.
Enhanced color of this one.
This one has a sunburst over a bisected circle with a center dot.
A vague pictograph next to it.
I try to bring this out by enhancing the colors.
A look at the first one again.
This is an interesting group too. One of the pictographs looks like a sun.
Almost looks like there is an arrowhead carved into the roof, just to the left of the upper pictograph.
Closer view of the sun.
I’m not sure if some of the granite has flaked off here on this bit of xenolith or the pictograph just went around it. I enhanced the colors. Almost looks like a fish!
Close-up of this isolated pictograph.
One last look at the many pictographs on the ceiling and walls.
This is an impressive place. Please respect it.