0709: Revisiting

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Last week I brought you a series of images from the Thompson Street Cemetery in Catskill. Today I’d like to bring you more from that shoot. These images, though, are quite different from the others. I was particularly taken with the backs of many of the headstones and the wear they have suffered over the past 150 years. In a way, they remind me of the images I brought back from Maine last year – the coastal rocks and the patterns found there.

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The colors are not what you would expect to find in a cemetery – they actually seem to be full of life.

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This image, heavy on color and texture, should serve as a reasonable segue into some new fossil images. Over the years, several of these fossils accidentally fell from their places of honor on my deck railing and into a thicket of ferns that surround the deck. Who knows how long they were lost in that thicket (It was very thick indeed!). Having rediscovered them, I am happy to bring them to you today.

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I also found time to revisit the beaver pond to check on the waterlilies. Luckily, someone else had the same thought in mind (although I think fish were the object of this guy’s pursuit!).

Thanks for the visit.

Balance

I ran across an interesting article in the Times recently, one that continues to resonate and provoke thought. Entitled “Nature: Now Showing on TV” and written by Diane Ackerman, it speaks to our relationship with nature in the age of digital omnipresence. For all of the great benefits that the web provides (nature cams being a fine example), there is a tendency to retreat from first hand experiences in favor of the “…small, flat glowing screen.” Even worse, the article cites studies that refer to “…widespread ‘nature deficit disorder’ among children who mainly play indoors.”

It’s real easy these days to disengage –  curtail our activities and replace them with our various “entertainment delivery systems.” The diversions serve a good purpose often enough. (The world does seem a bit off kilter, don’t you think?) The concern, obviously, is all about striking the right balance.

I found a new creek to explore – well, new to me that is. I was told that fossils had been found there and it was worth a visit. It’s always something to look forward to – the possibility of finding something cool and interesting. That said, hunting for fossils is, to me, akin to “going fishing” – doesn’t matter how many you catch. Being out there is the real reason for it all. Shortly after taking the above image a beautiful bald eagle flew right over me as it slowly made its way downstream.

The fossil images above were the result of a trip I took to the site last week. I was very happy with the results. The variety of other shooting opportunities was just icing on the cake. These next five images are not fossils, just observations (although I’m not too sure about the “sea lion!”).

I started this post with an image of a skeleton (I believe it is a great blue heron) that I found on the side of the creek. I end it with a scene I found on my drive home.Subscribe at my homepage https://artandfossils.wordpress.com

Thank you as always for visiting. More images at www.artmurphy.com

Thanks again for the visit.