Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Milky Way and Pictographs in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Milky Way and Pictographs in the Anza-Borrego Desert

"The native Kumeyaay of the area painted the Little Blair Valley pictographs hundreds of years ago. The pictographs are unusual for their well-executed yellow and red symbolic designs that include diamond chains and chevrons, typical of Luiseño rock art. The designs reflect the influence of this Indian group on the neighboring Kumeyaay that chose to use this style of rock art within their territory. As to their meaning, anthropologists are still conjecturing whether or not they served a specific purpose, such as part of a puberty ceremony or whether they simply reflect the inclinations of the artist. The pictographs are included in the 4757-acre Little Blair Valley Cultural Preserve that was created in December 2010. This pictograph site is the only one in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that is openly advertised to the public."

--San Diego Reader

Shot with a Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm EX DG at my usual settings of 25 sec f/2.8 ISO 3200. Warmly illuminated via Nichia 219BT LED strategically positioned and diffused.