032218: Fossils From the Neighborhood

Today’s first and last images are colorful bookends to the latest group of fossil images. This strange, lyrical image (above) is the result of playing with a glass paperweight. Contained within are various stringy objects that act as design elements. The fun in creating an image like this is in the use of various color reflectors and lights of varying color temperatures. A simple desk object now suggests other worlds – something that I plan to explore further.

In the meantime, enjoy the mix of marine invertebrates from 387 million years ago.

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This other bookend – a dragonfly’s wings – heavily infused with color!

Thanks for the visit.

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1217: Year End 2015

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I can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. The clocks tick at the same pace as always. The earth seems to rotate at the same speed (although I read somewhere recently that the increasing liquification of the world’s glaciers is having a measurable effect on that!).

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As is customary for me, this last post for the year revisits certain favorites of mine (out of the 600 to 700 fresh new images) that have appeared over this past year. While I have left out a lot, these seem to represent some of the directions and diversity that have occupied my time and efforts. They range from fossils and geology to the mushrooms and wallpaper images of recent months, as well as various other miscellany.

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Thank you for the visit today and thank you as always for your continued viewership. I’ll be back again after the first of the year. Please have a safe and happy holiday break.

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.