0903: Maine Color

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I’m sure this is not what usually comes to mind when thinking about Maine colors.

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Usually, it is Fall foliage or maybe blueberry patches in the fields – all of which are certainly beautiful.

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As you can see, mine is a completely different take.

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These images are the result of my climbing around on the coastal rocks and rock walls on the shores of the northernmost coast of Maine.

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Footing was generally slippery and rather treacherous, but in the end well worth the risk!

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Since the topic is color today, I thought I’d add some images of New York fossils set against a rapidly deterioration metal can that survived a fire.

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A fresh look at some of the usual characters that often inhabit this blog!

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Thanks for the visit.

0827: Chazy Reef Revisited

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On our recent trip to Maine, Cindy and I stopped first in Vermont to visit friends on Isle La Motte, a beautiful island near the top of Lake Champlain. We were first drawn to the island a few years ago when we sought out the world famous, 480 million year old Chazy Fossil Reef. That visit, which resulted in a show of my Chazy Reef fossil images, also began several friendships that grow warmly with each passing year.

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So it was time for a visit. Dinner with friends, old and new; a visit to a terrific exhibit “A Walk Through Time” at the Goodsell Ridge Preserveand,of course, another chance to photograph some of the oldest fossils I’ve ever had the opportunity to encounter.

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The Preserve, one half of the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust, is an 81 acre reef site with a Visitor’s Center and Museum. Also, there sits a newly revived and revitalized barn that will soon formally open and serve as a nature center. It’s an old beauty brought back to life by the skilled hands, strong commitment and deep love of the local folks. They are as much a treasure as is the actual reef. For it is only due to their efforts that this world-important science site remains preserved as a National Natural Landmark.

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The formal dedication and opening of the Goodsell Barn is set for September 19. I have been asked to produce a show for that opening. It is an honor and a pleasure to take part in the event. I’ll have more information on the show and related events soon. In the meantime, this is a selection of images, all taken at Chazy Reef, that I am busy printing and prepping for the show.

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And now, on to Maine.

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A few more images taken of the rock walls – those that are assaulted every day by the ocean tides.

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It seems like every day I was drawn to these rocks…

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…and every evening to our favorite place at sunset.

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We’re already planning for our trip next year! Thank you Eric and Betty!

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Once darkness fell we had company! They were no problem. They hid in the dark and didn’t eat much!

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Thanks for the visit.

0820: Maine Rocks

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I’m just back from a week on the Maine coast, an absolutely stunning setting. Point the camera or, better yet, point your gaze in any direction and it’s instant visual nirvana.

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My camera focused on the rocks – all the rocks from paving stones…

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…to art on the beach…

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…even to an abandoned granite quarry.

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But it was the shore rocks, the rock formations that meet the ocean, that left me awestruck!

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I’m not the first person to have discovered their beauty.

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I certainly won’t be the last.

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But I do find them compelling.

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Many more to come in the weeks ahead.

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And the trees often grow over and around the rock bluffs creating amazing root systems.

Thanks for the visit.

0805: Taking Off

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I was remarking to Cindy the other night that we had not seen any luna moths this year. And then I remembered that she found this one dead in our driveway last year. So I retrieved it from the baggie I had originally placed it in and set it against one of my many rocks.

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This week I’m mixing a few things I’ve been playing with. We are leaving for vacation tomorrow so I’m a day early with this post and not real focused. These three images involved the fossils I  found on my last trip to Tuscany.

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I’ve been drawing a lot lately, so the old weathered pastel box seemed to fit the mood.

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Whenever I can’t focus I can always go to my default place – hammer and chisel in hand – cracking rocks open.

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All three from the same rock from the quarry.

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And, last for today (and until I return in a couple of weeks), a few shots of the neighborhood.

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Thanks for the visit.

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0730: Out of the Woods

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Lately, just about every turn I take I run into another story about Lyme disease ( and the stories get worse and worse). These encounters leave me less and less prone to engaging in my usual summer activity of hiking stream beds in search of fossils. Those same stream beds will be there when conditions change. Fortunately, the thousands of rock and fossils I have carted here over the years give me ample material to work with.

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Combine that with the various props, surfaces, etc. that have also accumulated around here and I realize that I have more than enough to choose for subject matter.

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So, some of today’s images are the result of visits to the prop pile and the curiosity cabinet for inspiration!

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(Yes, that’s the same shrunken mushroom that appeared in the last two posts – can’t seem to get rid of it!)

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A heavy fog slowly lifted the other morning. This was some of what I saw.

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Spider webs appeared on the ground, helping to create this vignette at my rock pile. The Mexican religious artifact had been lying there for a while. You never know what might be laying around at this place.

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Tomorrow night (Friday), take a look up. It’s a blue moon!

Thanks for the visit.

0723: Hot Summer Days

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I thought last week’s mushroom pics were enough on the subject for now. That was until Cindy eyed this one near our home. Aside from its horrible odor, these first three images show that it was definitely worth some attention.

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This last image is from one of last week’s mushrooms – a week later, sufficiently shriveled and taking on a very different look.

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The big story this past week was the heat (No, not Donald Trump). Here in the Hudson Valley we were spared the worst of it, compared to those to the south of us. I even saw that Italy and much of the Mediterranean were dealing with 100+ degree days.

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Nonetheless, it was plenty uncomfortable around here. Whenever that occurs my escape route usually leads to the nearby creek where the difference in temperature can be as much as ten degrees. But, instead of a relaxing reprieve, I found myself running into fossils wherever I looked.

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These all appeared on the rock surfaces along the creek and all have been long exposed to the elements (including an often overflowing creek).

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This last fossil did not come from the creek. Rather, I just this morning broke it out of a rock. A small edge was exposed in a very dense rock that I had found a number of years ago, and I thought it inpenetrable – that is, until today. A couple of carefully placed hits to my chisel and the whole thing was exposed. I think it is a dipleura (a Devonian trilobite) – Anyone more knowledgable than me (and there are plenty of you out there) please feel free to weigh in. It is approximately 2″ wide and 2.25″ long – somewhat larger that the field guide suggests. Either way, it was a real treat to uncover this one.

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Finally, this picture was released yesterday by NOAA. It is the first time the planet has been photographed since the iconic “Blue Marble” image was taken from Apollo 17 in 1972. This one was taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory from one million miles away. It’s another fine space story – science at its best. Follow the links to read the story in full.

Thanks for the visit.

0716: What the Rain Brought

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Thanks to the recent rains (and other various conditions present) the signal went out that it was mushroom time. Seemed like everywhere I looked I saw them – all different types and shapes. And while I know very little about mushrooms (hell, I don’t even like eating them!), I must confess that they can be very interesting subjects. I have a few new fossil images at the end of this post. In the meantime I’d like to share these mushrooms with you. I found all of them at home and at my studio. No searching was involved.

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I found this one growing in a mulch pile. These first five images are the same mushroom – the above image at the mulch pile and the others back in the studio.

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Here are some of the others.

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And now, some new fossil images.

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I know you have probably heard by now about Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft and its adventures. I can’t find the words to adequately describe the brilliance and commitment of those at NASA who were responsible for this feat. They are the same brilliant minds, the staff at NASA, who are constantly threatened by ignorant elected officials in Congress. Their crime – the desire to turn their attention to issues of climate change.

So, as we formally say hello to Pluto (above) and its moon Charon (below), let’s hope that good sense might prevail here at home.

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Thanks for the visit.