092216: Goodbye Summer

dsc02063_01v1_lr_12

Thanks to the world of moss and lichen some otherwise bland looking fossils take on a whole new appearance. Today’s opening image shows a shard of coarse sandstone filled with broken pieces of brachiopods, coral, and other denizens of that inland sea that covered this area 387 million ears ago. Moss has grown thick on parts of the rocks while some strange little (I believe) lichen appear like some bright blue pinheads.

dsc02063_01v1crop_lr_12

This extreme close-up gives a better sense of them. If anyone can confirm just what they are I would be grateful to hear back.

dsc02044_01_lr_12

Here are several more images of the moss creeping up on some soon to be covered marine invertebrates.

dsc02075_01_lr_12

*****

dsc02079_01_lr_12

*****

dsc02085_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01058_01_lr_12

Those images got me back into my routine. I haven’t had much time for fresh shooting lately, being sidetracked with other matters. So I continued aiming the camera at other fossils nearby and found my groove again. Here is what was near at hand.

dsc01006_01_lr_12

*****

dsc02033_01_lr_12

*****

dsc00591_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01009_01_lr_12

*****

dsc02051_01_lr_12

_______________

dsc01100_01a_lr_12

Goodbye to Summer and all that goes with it, including butterflies.

dsc02018_01_lr_12

I’ll close with these two variations on circles! Above is a nest within a nest. The large one came from a visit last Autumn to Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks. The small one, found by Cindy this Summer, we believe to have come from a ruby-throated hummingbird.

And below – the  second piece of my Galileo series. The first one, which was posted a month ago, is currently on view through this weekend at the Woodstock Artist Assn. and Museum (WAAM).

dsc01992_01_lr_12

Thanks for the visit.

090916: A Strange Landscape

dsc01975_01_lr_12

I walked into a strange landscape the other day. Adjoining my local quarry is a secondary one I seldom visit, mainly because it has so few fossils. It is also a place where some of the locals go to play with their deadly toys. Shell casings of every various size litter the ground along with their obliterated targets – like the one above, the tabletop of a child’s highchair.

dsc01834_01_lr_12

How anything can grow here is a wonder to me.

dsc01869_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01900_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01883_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01831_01_lr_12

There is, though, one large rock, rapidly disintegrating thanks to the elements, that contains some surprises.

dsc01840_01_lr_12

Closeups of the rock’s surface shows the emergence of brachiopods from within.

dsc01864_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01922_01_lr_12

I brought this one to the studio where it seemed to sit comfortably on a bed of colonial coral.

dsc01888_01_lr_12

I returned from the quarry to my studio via a path through the woods. And it seems that the timing was fortuitous. Fungi popping up everywhere!

dsc01787_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01791_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01776_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01821_01_lr_12

*****

dsc01955_01_lr_12

And, on that same walk, I couldn’t resist this detail on a large tree trunk.

Thanks for the visit.

090116: On the Shore

DSC01692_01_LR_12

Almost everyone I know who vacations at a beach has a bag or box full of sea shells as souvenirs of the visit. There is something special about them. Perhaps it’s their seeming delicacy despite surviving the battering of the waves. Or maybe they are just kind of cool!

IMG_0286_01_LR_12

I feel all that as I walk along the shore – captured by the seashells that wash up. The images I have for you today alternate between some of the shells that I found in Maine a couple of weeks ago and other fossil shells from my last visit shooting at the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy. These ancestors of today’s seashells, if I recall correctly, range on age from six to twenty million years old!

DSC01685_01_LR_12

And, aside from the quality of the individual specimens, it seems on the surface that not much has changed for them.

IMG_0299_01_LR_12

As a point of reference, the earliest manifestation of humans, the first hominins,began to appear approximately 2.8 million years ago.

DSC01700_01_LR_12

Personally, I love these references to time. It helps to see with a bit of perspective.

IMG_0275_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01362_01_LR_12

*****

IMG_9099_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01739_01_LR_12

*****

IMG_9174_01_LR_12

_______________

DSC01193_01_LR_12

When I walk along the shore I simply cannot ignore the rocks.

DSC01202_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01273_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01437_01

*****

DSC_0006_01_LR_12

Thanks for the visit.

082516: Maine Moments

DSC01441_01_LR_12

If there were only just a few fossils to be found in Maine I’d have no need to go anywhere else to explore with my camera! Wherever I walk, from the shore to the lush woods, there is just so much to focus on. DSC01471_01_LR_12

With each successive annual trip I expect my enthusiasm to wane – only to be happily surprised by the contrary. The coastal rocks continue to mesmerize me, as does everything else.

DSC01435_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01453_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01420_01v2_LR_12

Among the shore rock formations are small pools of water left by the tides, made rich and colorful thanks to various chemical and biological brushstrokes.

DSC01246_01_LR_12

The designs in nature are everywhere. The ocean deposits a myriad of interesting subjects.

DSC01306_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01311_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01331_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01659_01_LR_12

Lichen on the rocks.

DSC01584_01_LR_12

Lichen in the forest that butts right up to the shore rocks.

DSC01142_01_LR_12

And, of course, fungi and various detritus on the forest floor.

DSC01158_01_LR_12

Beautiful sunsets, visiting geese in the hundreds, crab rolls, blueberry pie, and the ocean!

DSC_0040_01crop_LR_12

My thanks to Eric and Betty for their hospitality.

Thanks for the visit.

072816: Abbreviated

DSC01037_01print15_LR_12

July heat, way too much time spent watching the conventions, and a new project all have played a role in this being a shortened, somewhat abbreviated post this week.The new project, a drawing/mixed media effort, has me pretty excited over possibilities. The opening image, which I have titled “Galileo’s Dream,” builds upon my recent drawing efforts over the past few years. More to come as time goes by.

DSC_0016_01_LR_12

I have a handful of new fossil images to fill things out today and start with two versions of a mollusk fossil I found in central New York last year.

DSC01001_01_LR_12a

*****

DSC01051_01_LR_12

Coral

DSC01048_01_LR_12

Two brachiopod images.

DSC01024_01_LR_12

*****

DSC01014_01_LR_12

And last for today, a pair of crinoid stems from my favorite neighborhood quarry.

Posts might be spotty for the next month or so, what with vacation and drawing competing for my time with the fossil process (finding and photographing). I am most fortunate to have these as my daily options.

Thanks for the visit.

072116: Returning Home

DSC00984_01_LR_12

Back from my trip to Vermont – the show looks good and will be up for a while. My studio, on the other hand, was a bit of a mess – something that always happens when preparing for a show.

DSC00955_01_LR_12

During the course of the cleanup I ran across a small pile of flat rocks I pulled from the creek a long time ago. These rocks were pancake-like slivers that sat on a low shelf like a stack of magazines.

DSC00951_01_LR_12

I kept them originally to use eventually as backdrops or as a ground upon which I could set other objects to shoot. But the more I examined them the more I saw them as worthy subjects on their own.

DSC00972_01_LR_12

So here is a small suite of images that resulted from my discovery. Perhaps I should do a bit more cleaning – never know what I might find!

DSC00975_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00970_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00993_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00996_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00988_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00990_01_LR_12

_______________

DSC00829_01_LR_12

It was a pleasure to return to Isle La Motte this past weekend for the opening of my show. The opening went well. We got to see many friendly, familiar faces and spend relaxing time sitting on the shores of Lake Champlain.

DSC00854_01bw_LR_12

I took only a small number of pictures this trip. These first few are regular subjects for me. I’m always amazed when I see these trees that wrap around the the rock outcrops.

DSC00848_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00873_01_LR_12

Sunday Tea before the crowds arrived.

DSC00827_01_LR_12

I have to throw this image into today’s mix. On the way to Isle La Motte we sought out this wonderful little shack. Prompted by a PBS show about the country’s best pies (what can I say – it was a very late night when I found the show). Poorhouse Pies in Underhill, Vermont, was spotlighted. Self serve, 24 hours a day, in a small town on the road to nowhere in particular – on the honor system! What a wonderful thought and idea in a world so twisted and jaded. And the pie was great!!

Thanks for your visit today.

071416: Two Communities

IMG_1926_01_LR_12

As promised, here are the remaining images from my show set to open on Sunday in Isle La Motte (on the shores of Lake Champlain). It’s always a favorite destination for Cindy and me, not only due to the natural beauty of the surroundings but also to the wonderful community that calls Isle La Motte home.DSC00157_01_LR_12

These days there is so much chatter about the fear and insecurity plaguing the country at large. One would think, if one follows news reports, that the land is in chaos, that decency is in short supply, and that daily life is under assault.

IMG_6409_01a_LR_12

It is true that there are many problems that currently befall us. Whatever injustice is suffered by any citizen, it is done as well to you and me. And there is much to rear up against and make our voices heard, hopefully at the ballot box in November.

IMG_1674_01a_LR_12

So, at a time when the negativity seems overwhelming, I’d like to tell you about two communities who reflect so much of what is good.

img_0955_01_lr_12

In the case of Isle La Motte, it was a group of local citizens who fought a battle, lasting years, to save a part of their island. The Chazy Reef Formation is the oldest known fossil coral reef system on the planet – a place of worldwide scientific significance and local pride.

img_1470_01_lr_12

When the reef was threatened by plans to reopen a long abandoned quarry, the local residents banded together to prevent it from happening.

DSC00191_01_LR_12

They succeeded but then took it further. Thanks to their efforts, the Isle La Motte Land Preservation Trust was established. Under the leadership of resident Linda Fitch, money was raised to purchase the two primary parcels of land that are now deemed National Natural Landmarks.

img_1479_01_lr_12

Fund raising is an ever ongoing effort. The new barn and education center, general upkeep, etc. all fall on the shoulders of the local volunteers.

IMG_6736_01_LR_12

The folks on Isle La Motte are proud of their natural wonders and cultural heritage and celebrate it together.

IMG_7368_01_LR_12

________________

DSC00744_01_LR_12

Community and cultural heritage are the key factors in the joy and celebration I witnessed last Sunday in Gilboa, NY. Gilboa is home to the oldest known tree fossils in the world. In fact, in the past few years, scientists plotted out some of this earliest known forest floor.

DSC00816_01_LR_12

In another example of local residents keeping alive local culture and history, an open house was held to celebrate the opening of the History Center at the Gilboa Museum. A beautiful addition was built thanks to the donations made by Mr. Nicholas J. Juried ( seen above with Ms Kristen Wycoff, chairwoman). Son of immigrants, Mr. Juried grew up in Gilboa and returned to fund the museum’s addition in honor of his parents.

 

DSC00755_01_LR_12

A large crowd turned out for the event. My friends Bob and Johanna Titus were present as well (above). Bob took a crowd out for a fossill walk along Schoharie Creek following the formal presentations.

titus book

Their new book, the 25th anniversary edition was also on display on Sunday. It gave additional meaning to this gathering  – The cover painting of the Gilboa Forest (as assumed by the scientists) was done by the aforementioned Kristen Wycoff!

DSC00737_01_LR_12

I’ll end with this image – a 5′-6′ length of tree bark from the Eospermotopteris tree, the one seen in Kristen’s painting. It was donated to the museum just last week by a Gilboa neighbor, just in time for the celebration..

Thanks for the visit.