061418: My Kind of Exercise

I was playing around with different background ideas and thought this one might have ┬ápromise – especially when I placed randomly patterned fossils on top.

For a first, brief moment the fossils seem to fade right into that background.

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By now the background had my attention and I was curious as to what other objects might be compatible. That’s when I remembered the large box of sea shells hidden away on a back shelf. Actually, they were mostly broken pieces.

Even the pieces have nature’s graceful curves.

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By now I’ve become far more interested in the shells than I am with the background! The warmth of this background creates a very different feeling about these objects.

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It made sense to me that the course of this day’s shooting would have me finish with a few fossils sitting on background #2.

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This last one, a fossil grouping, was treated to a little photoshop playfulness. But it does have a certain charm to it.

Thanks for the visit.

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060718: Remembering Italy

 

My son called a few days ago, telling me about the wonderful first visit he and his family are currently experiencing in Italy. And I couldn’t be happier to hear all about their adventure. So, with all that going through my mind, and with a serious desire to be there myself, I have opted for the next best thing – my photo libraries! Today’s post scratched that itch (for the time being!).

I started off with some trees – the opener is from an olive grove near Assisi. The image immediately above is a very old tree in the garden surrounding Leonardo‘s home and birthplace in Vinci.

Doorway, Florence

Spello, Umbria

Street Shrine, Florence

St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Entryway, Trastevere

Vegetable Stand/Barge, Venice

Flowerpots, Trastevere

Private Driveway, Tuscany

Gondolas, Venice

Rome

Souveniers, Assisi

Dress Shop, Venice

Santa Croce Basilica, Florence

Thanks for visiting Italy with me today!

053118: A Rediscovered Folder

A year ago, as we prepared a party for the opening of my new studio, I threw a few hundred image into a slide show that looped on my computer screen throughout the afternoon.

Yesterday I ran across that folder – hadn’t seen it since then. I took some time to look through it and took a liking to this seemingly unlikely mix. I guess it’s an indication of the things I found interesting at the time – all things natural, I suppose.

Some things local and some things from far away, including “natural” objects from the Natural History Museum in Florence, Italy.

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052418: A Visit to the Quarry

I had an opportunity a few days ago to drop by my favorite local quarry. In earlier days I would dig there weekly. But lately my visits are few and far between. On these recent ┬áreturns I often feel like I’m visiting a fresh, new site.

The owner cuts into the side of the hill, taking ground fill and crushed rock away for his construction sites. Seldom are there any fossils in that part of the quarry. Instead, though, there are fine shooting opportunities as these first five images indicate. (By the way, the hill off in the distance is part of the eastern escarpment of the Catskills).

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Eventually, I made my way to the shelf that contains the fossils. There are always plenty to find. So today’s post is the result of that one trip – a nice selection of mostly ordinary 387 million year old marine invertebrate fossils, all dirty and broken but fascinating nonetheless.

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One surprise for me this trip were these gastropods I found – not particularly special but not often found at this site.

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051718: Leaves Left

I am constantly brushing leaves aside whenever I’m rummaging through the many fossil laden rocks that surround my studio.

Here in the northeast, these leaves bring us beautiful colors during autumn. The rest of the time we generally look past them as they blend (decay) into the forest floor.

┬áThis week, rather than ignore them, I decided instead to focus on a handful of last autumn’s leaves.

Even in decay, nature provides beauty!

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051018: #300

I just discovered the other day that today’s post is my 300th. I hadn’t been counting so it caught me somewhat by surprise. It seems obvious that I like creating this (mostly) weekly exercise. And I do. It has served me well – helping to keep a creative flow through all of the seemingly endless distractions we all experience. Let me take a moment to thank you for your many kind responses over years.

New images and reconfigured images are mixed together in this post. I hope you enjoy them.

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Just recently, LeScienze, the Italian edition of Scientific American, ran an article on their website that was taken from a recent post of mine. Six images of museum crinoids, some of my favorites. All done with fully proper request and reply – not something that always happens in the “free” world of the internet! So, my great thanks to Ms Priscilla Di Thiene for the interest. It is always an honor to have my work displayed on your site.

http://www.lescienze.it/news/2018/04/27/foto/crinoidi_art_murphy-3932586/1/#1

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042618: Finally Spring

I think it’s finally safe to say that we’ve seen the last of the snow for the season here in the Northeast. And that has allowed me to get out and dig around and familiarize myself with the many fossils surrounding my studio.

So today I have some fresh new fossil images intertwined with a handful of images from my recent infatuation with some interesting paperweights.

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