Aftermath

Life is slowly getting back to normal around here in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The downed trees that blocked roads and knocked out power lines have been shoved to the side. The roads and bridges that were damaged are being repaired at an amazing rate – all that thanks to the expert and compassionate crews of Central Hudson and Town of Catskill road crews. Neighbors helping neighbors showed that a very real and active sense of community is alive and well (a sense of unity amongst us “common folk” that our politicians could learn from).

Unfortunately, far too many have suffered greatly and will continue to suffer long after the news spotlight recedes. Many need help. Fortunately groups are springing up offering that help. Help them to help others. Go to:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/hurricane-irene-save-the-catskills/where-to-mail-or-drop-off-donations-in-the-catskill-region/252876888077054

I have friends whose property abuts some of my favorite fossil sites. It also borders the Kaaterskill, the creek made famous long ago by the painter Thomas Cole. It jumped its banks following the hurricane, quite literally ripping through the ground, bridges, and anything that got in the way. When it finally receded we saw whole large areas of ground gone. Eight to ten inches down lie the rock floor – exposed for the first time in who knows how long. The exposed rock, covered with varying amounts of fossils, and root systems of nearby trees are an interesting visual testament to the power and force of nature. Here are some early images of those new-found views:


And one final note – I have the pleasure of being chosen for a show opening tomorrow, September 3 (thru Feb. 2012), at the New York Hall of Science. Entitled “Digital 11 – The Alchemy of Change,” this international show is being sponsored by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., (asci.org), a most interesting group to which I belong. They have been around for a long time, working to bring artists (with scientific interests) together with scientists (with aesthetic interests). It’s a great group with many interesting projects – definitely for anyone interested in that confluence point between art and science. The full show can be found here: http://www.asci.org/index2.php?artikel=1167
Below are the three images of mine that were chosen:

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7 thoughts on “Aftermath

  1. very interesting post. I’m glad NY is starting to recover post-storm.
    On another topic, did you know those were beekite rings in the last picture? beekite rings are a type of silicification that occurs (probably) when there are low levels of available silica in the surrounding environment. cool! -susan from the peabody

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