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Owens Valley Petroglyphs by Moonlight by Nolan Nitschke

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The Owens Valley has numerous petroglyph site. These petroglyph’s may have been made by the Paiute/Shoshone Indians but arrowheads that date to 10,000 years old have been found in this area, so it is difficult to say who really created them.

In the background is White Mountain Peak, the third tallest in California at 14,252 ft.

Owens Valley, Eastern Sierras, California.

All images are © Nolan Nitschke. You may not use this image in any way without written consent from artist. All Rights Reserved.


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  • Keegan Wong
    Keegan Wongover 5 years ago

    Awesome composition, what a beautiful place! I bet it must’ve been very peaceful waiting for the shutter to close-open and watching the stars :)

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldover 5 years ago

    Nolan: Shoshonean-speaking people created these 6-8 thousand years ago. Email me at and i’ll send you a chart to decipher and date your ancient art

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 5 years ago

    I have never seen these….and what a great way to shoot them. Super!!

  • GlennTunaley
    GlennTunaleyover 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Nolan!

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 5 years ago

    radically outstanding

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 5 years ago

    wow excellent image :)

  • Nick Johnson
    Nick Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Pretty cool I guess..
    Hi 5s for u nolan!

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    I would be completely transfixed to see this amazing sight, it is so extraordinary!!

  • Albert Dickson
    Albert Dicksonover 5 years ago

    Extraordinary Image. Great background info. I would be interested to hear the Meta on this. Nice work Nolan!

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitover 5 years ago

    Great petroglyph perspective. I love the contrast between the slate grey rocks and blue sky/mtns. Of course the stars are an added bonus! This is my favorite petroglyph image I have seen.

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