103119: More From the Quarry

I must admit that I have been captured by the random beauty resulting from the mineral oxidation of shale at my local quarry.

It’s pretty easy to spot the colors amidst the blue grays and blacks of the piles of broken shale.

Generally, the red, orange, and yellow stains clearly stand out. And, like most anything else, some of the stains are pretty ordinary.

But, upon closer inspection and with some discrimination, some of the stains create visual delights!

I keep saying to myself that I’ve found enough and may have played this one out.

But then, as I review some of the recent images, I look out the window, notice that the sun is shining, and I’m out the door for yet another trip to the quarry. We are already in mid Autumn and there will be fewer opportunities before winter sets in.

And, when the colors begin to fade along with the onset of dreary gray winter days, I’ll go back to picking fossils from the other layers where they primarily reside.







I’ll close for today with a shot from my perch in the quarry. Piles of rock everywhere, fall colors and the Eastern Escarpment of the Catskills.

Thanks for the visit.

0114_Old Neighbors, Old Markings


As I began to explain last week, my local quarry has, at least for me, two significant parts to it – the bulk of it is shale that breaks down rather easily (Rarely a fossil here, but great for the colors I’ve been shooting lately). Above that is a ledge of different stone that contains the fossils I find.


Today I have images from each section – starting with some brachiopods found in the ledge and capstone. The first few I find to be rather gnarly. They seem to have a strong look of the primordial while the last two seem to have a bit more grace about them.


All are from the same time period – roughly 385 to 387 million years ago. All are brachiopods – in part or whole.


It is estimated that there were more than 12,000 recognized types, a small number of which still exist today.


Amazing since the earliest brachiopods first appeared over 500 million years ago.




And now, from the other section, here are more images of the riot of color produced by the chemical weathering of the shale.














Thanks for the visit.

I’ll leave you with an image of Christmas 2015 in Catskill NY.