Photo and Haiku – 28 October 2021

Petroglyphs of birds

Many hundreds of years old

Can you find Big Bird?

This is a detailed image of petroglyphs at the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

It is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley of central Arizona, and one of the best-preserved. The rock art site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs in 13 panels

The petroglyphs were created by Southern Sinagua residents between about 1150 and 1400 AD.

The docent who gave a really interesting talk said that the petroglyphs of birds are believed to be Sandhill Cranes.  He said that the “Big Bird” petroglyph could depict a Sandhill Crane looking straight ahead with the feathers raised on the top of its head.  I’m not sure that a Sandhill Crane has enough feathers on its head to do that.  It could be a Snowy Egret and less likely a Great Blue Heron.  Any guesses?

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