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updated: Feb 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

Painted Rock
By John Wiley

When I finally approached this sacred place on foot, a powerful feeling of deja vu washed over me. I'd never heard of it the first time I flew over Carrizo Plain and happened to notice a very strange rock outcrop. Friday I took this photo directly over the rock. Then we landed at a private and restricted (but very smooth) runway in California Valley. We got a ride to the Goodwin Center, where the fancy new museum sits next to artifacts like this shed and gadget from dry-land farming days. After a longer than usual walk (because of road closure from rain), I looked up and was overwhelmed by the Presence of the rock. I was asked not to post photos of the sacred rock art, so I'll limit it to this edge of one perhaps thousands of years old next to "George Lewis 1878." It's remarkable that almost no newer graffiti is there, though the ancient ceremonies are still held there and seem to leave behind new rock art. I spoke with a farmer who used to work fields right up to the rock and climb up onto it (now forbidden) for lunch breaks, and a pilot who sent me a photo of his plane parked on a dirt road in front of it. Somehow with all the people who've visited, almost none have spoiled any of it for future generations. The rock itself is a massive sculpture, presenting evocative views from every angle. Several species of birds use it for nesting, including every pilot's favorite bird the Peregrine falcon, which is why the rock is soon closed to visitors for several months. If you ever make the long drive or manage to fly in, be sure to go completely around the rock because the back side reveals an impressive geological sculpture garden.

As usual I'll be putting more and/or larger photos on my Photo Page. I have a lot more photos to go through, so it could take me a week to finish adding new photos there. I also created the wikipedia article for Painted Rock where you can find (and add) more info, by clicking the link on my wiki page. I'll be going back to see this year's wildflower bloom, which the recent rains portend to be spectacular.

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