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This woman appears to be asking the rock to pose for her photograph. It's a popular subject in a zen-like setting ... until the hoards arrive.

For the moment a weak stream flows at the Hieroglyphic Trail's end providing a rare opportunity to photograph the waterfall there.

Rumors of ancient Egyptians visiting central Arizona are unproven and the petroglyphs are attributed to early Native Americans. The petroglyphs (not hieroglyphics nor pictographs) have remained intact since before the 1400s. If you make this hike, please keep in mind that the rock art is protected by the Antiquities Act. Anyone who mars or destroys any prehistoric site can be fined and/or imprisoned. Let’s keep them intact for future generations.

Another thing to bear in mind is that there is no parking along the last section of the road that leads to the trailhead. When I returned from my hike on Saturday, a Deputy Sheriff was busy ticketing vehicles and then directing a stream of tow trucks to remove those that were illegally parked. I can imagine the distress, anger, and despair of hikers who return to find their vehicle gone. After initially thinking "theft," to they remember the prominently displayed sign warning those who park illegally that their vehicles are subject to towing?

ISO 200, 1/60 second at f/10, 24mm focal length

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