092216: Goodbye Summer

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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).

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Thanks for the visit.

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090916: A Strange Landscape

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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.

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How anything can grow here is a wonder to me.

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

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

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

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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!

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

Thanks for the visit.

082516: Maine Moments

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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.

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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.

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

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Lichen on the rocks.

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

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

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

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My thanks to Eric and Betty for their hospitality.

Thanks for the visit.