080218: August

Seems like summer has barely begun and all of a sudden it is August, to me at least. I’ve been so busy in my studio that I’ve barely been outdoors. I thought of that as I was putting this post together. I started off with some fresh fossil images but soon veered away toward images from past forays in the car and on foot – simply put, I needed to remind myself that there is a world beyond the studio!

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So here we go outdoors – from an old locomotive to a hummingbird et al.

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Thanks for the visit.

072816: Abbreviated

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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.

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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.

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Coral

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Two brachiopod images.

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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.

0107: A Fine Find

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We had a few uncommonly warm days right before Christmas that got me back to the local quarry. Bonus days as I like to think of them. Even better, I discovered that the quarry owner had recently uncovered a fresh wall of shale – one that was thoroughly stained by various minerals – iron among others.

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The variety of patterns and color combinations brought me back for several days of shooting. As grateful as I was to have those warm days it needs to be mentioned that, during that brief period, there were times when the temperature at the North Pole was higher than the temperature in parts of Texas! And, while I was able to take advantage of the circumstances, those circumstances were were not something to be happy about.

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In this part of the quarry the rocks break apart easily, often crumbling in your hands as you pick them up. Exposure to the elements further speeds their breakup.

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More precisely, as I am just now researching, oxidation is a type of chemical weathering that weakens and causes the subsequent disintegrating of rock:

Oxidation is the reaction of rock minerals with oxygen, thus changing the mineral composition of the rock. When minerals in rock oxidize, they become less resistant to weathering. Iron, a commonly known mineral, becomes red or rust colored when oxidized.

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Eventually it all  becomes crushed shale, good for driveways and construction fill. The color just gets broken into the mix and disappears into the gray/black pile. But until that happens…

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Rarely do I ever find fossils in this rock. So it was a nice surprise to run across this group of crinoid stem segments.

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Each are an inch to two inches long. The individual rocks were found very close together.

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Of course I went back several times to search the same area but no more were to be found.

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Winter did finally arrive and it seemed like all color had completely vanished. Color may have left but interesting forms and shapes continue to appear. These two images are taken from my tire tracks in the driveway.

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Thanks for the visit.

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