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Metamorphosis (Ancient Pictograph)

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Metamorphosis (Ancient Pictograph)
This is a most important pictograph painted on the wall of a shelter I visited 2 weekends ago. This is the most northern and most western of the Pecos River Style painting and is on private land that has not been visited in over 50 years but very few of us were allowed as the first to visit and photograph the site. This pictograph is on the ceiling and I had to lie on my back in animal dung to get this capture. It is a one of a kind and shows a metamorphosis from the top right around to left.
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  lds color space using ImageJ from original
lds color space using ImageJ from original
Using special techniques to my digital photography I converted the original image into lds color space and you can more easily see the metamorphosis from small right top to left top. Also note there is a connection from the central zoomorph to the last two animal figures on the top left. We are in the process of trying to understand the significance of this very unique and unusual one of a kind pictograph. Any thoughts!!!
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Emile Abbott
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    Due to obvious reasons I can not reveal the location of this site as it is too important to preserve. I felt very lucky to be able to get to a place that no one has ever photographed.


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4/2/2011 3:12:30 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Emile,I can see why my friend.And great idea to keep it a secret.Beautiful capture,excellent detail and clarity.Of the 18,000 ancient sites recorded by the state of Arizona in the last 100 years.Half have already been pillaged by pot hunters!!!!


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4/2/2011 4:03:05 PM

 
Carol Eade
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An amazing capture, Emile, what an opportunity! The detail is wonderful and also like the enhancement in the Ids color space image.


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4/2/2011 4:45:25 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Emile, wonderful, as is all the art you photograph


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4/2/2011 9:13:06 PM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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How interesting!!! GREAT capture, Emile!!! I admire your determination in getting this shot!!! <><


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4/3/2011 6:49:18 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Bobby, Carol, Stan and Nadine


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4/3/2011 9:41:37 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Sensational and sooooooo well done, Emile!! They allowed the right person to go in. Fabulous!!


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4/3/2011 1:17:06 PM

 
John Connolly
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Brilliant work here Emile! Two amazing images, I hope these end up in your book!


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4/3/2011 3:13:13 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Now this is the kind of stuff I dig. Fantastic capture, Emile.


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4/4/2011 6:03:01 AM

 
Carla Capra
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Hi Emile;
This is fascinating. How was this discovered? Congrats.
;) CC


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4/4/2011 6:59:43 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Ellen, John, Karen and Carla. These painting are about 4000 years old.


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4/4/2011 7:14:28 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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What a fantastic experience Emile - wonderful capture....


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4/7/2011 3:47:15 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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What a fantastic experience Emile - wonderful capture....


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4/7/2011 3:47:23 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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thanks Karen


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4/8/2011 7:33:03 AM

 
Nancy L. Green
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BEAUTIFUL and interesting image Emile, VERY beautifully done!! <><


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4/9/2011 10:25:58 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Nancy


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4/9/2011 10:54:17 AM

 
Kaye Burazin
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what an outstanding adventure Emile.


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4/9/2011 5:28:25 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Emile, you are so lucky to shoot these scenes and visit them in person


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4/9/2011 9:19:05 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Kaye and Stan


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4/10/2011 12:19:29 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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WOWZA! Great capture Emile, it was worth the "dung" you went through to get this...a real treasure.

jo ann c.


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4/14/2011 10:00:45 AM

 
Gary Lange
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Very, very nice, Emile!! Glad you were able to access the site. Well done, my friend!


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4/18/2011 7:15:48 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Jo Ann and Gary


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4/18/2011 7:32:09 AM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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How lucky you were to find this pictograph, Emile.
And I am sure it's exciting to photograph!! Sounds like you are having some pretty cool adventures. Keep on doing this for us. I love it!!
kk


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5/25/2011 7:19:40 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Very cool!! Love them!! Did you have fun on your trip? Get to Maine? We were in Bar Harbor over Easter. :)


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4/15/2012 6:12:24 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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This entry goes way back, Emile, but then, the pictograph goes back considerably further!
Fascinating images and techniques you used. And what a true photographer, to lie down on dung to capture this insect in its many stages. Excellent work!


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2/4/2014 3:22:35 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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thank you Mary it was worth the effort.


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