071317: An Unusual Time

Another day, another bombshell report. I turn on the news each day and think to myself that this political nightmare we find ourselves in will soon come to resolution. And each day I scold myself for my naivete. This is going to take a long time to get clear of.

So I immerse myself in my work, finding my photo libraries to serve as useful and important distractions from the news of the day. Today’s opening image started me off on the right path. This very lyrical (and even poetic) image of a partial gastropod, found at one of my most favorite places, Isle La Motte, Vermont, led me to piece together this somewhat disparate selection of images.

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This final image is a playful variation on the opening one. A partial mirroring seemed to provide an intriguing alternate image.

That’s it for today. Thanks for the visit. Enjoy this beautiful summer (it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye!).

062917: Back to Fossils

A surprise, last minute trip to Cape Cod pulled me away from the blog last week. Between that and my last two bw posts of NYC I found myself missing my fossils! So I decided to return today with a full body of fossil images. They seem to be gaining more drama lately.

For those of you unfamiliar with these 387 million year old former denizens of my neighborhood I’ll attempt to provide identification (as best I can). Above are several types of coral accompanied by an impression of a trilobite pygidium (center left).

Not exactly sure what this is. The pattern suggests to me some form of coral.

Coral.

Cephalopods. I count at least four in this cluster.

One lone cephalopod.

An interesting mix – resting atop a brachiopod is part of the head (cephalon) and eye of a trilobite. That long dark cylinder I believe might be a small crinoid stem.

I can only think this is a slice of a brachiopod.

Sitting atop a bed of coral is a small rock loaded with crinoid ossicles (the round things). They essentially stacked to form the stem of the crinoid.

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Another brachiopod with some coral in the upper left.

Yet another brachiopod! Actually, there were some 12,000 or more various types.

And these (yes, brachiopods also) are different – they are the only fossils in this post not from the Catskill area. I dug them up several years ago while on a trip to Nashville.

A mess of fossils sitting out on an old table.

And, last but certainly not least, are a group of tentaculites, something I seldom find around here. I came across these along Kaaterskill Creek. I particularly love this one as it reminds me of an old retro sci-fi rocket ship! Fossils and rocket ships put a smile on my face!!

Thanks for the visit.

042717: Settled In

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Some ten or twelve sets of wind chimes lay in a pile. Hanging them is one of my last tasks related to my move into the new studio. And today I’m happy to be back, working away in a wonderful new space. Everything has found its proper place, including the many, many fossils and rocks that I couldn’t bear to leave behind.

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It’s been refreshing to re-view the fossils I have accumulated over time. And, in their new location, I thought they deserved some attention.

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Cephalopod, Brachiopods

Trace Fossil, Crinoids, Lichen

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Gilboa Tree Stump (base)

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Generally speaking, our home (and studio), while only six miles away from my previous studio, sit in a fossil bare area. Yet these two rocks (that sit on an 18’x24″ surface) were found by Cindy and me in the woods out back. Full of fossils, I believe they are known as “erratics,” delivered from further north by the last receding glacier.

And below are images of fossils found on or in this pair.

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Hopefully, I’m back on schedule now.

Thanks for the visit.

040617: Busy Days

Several friends and regular viewers of this blog have written, asking about its seeming “disappearance.” “Where’s my Thursday fix Art?” Well, as I had written previously, output would be sporadic for a while as I proceed to move to my new studio. I’m happy to report that that time is near. But the process has left me without any fresh work to share.

I did, though, recently wade through many of my previous posts over the past several years looking for common threads. And one that I could clearly see had to do with design elements that unite the various projects of mine, however disparate the subject matter.

So, with all that in mind, and a strong desire to nudge myself back into the habit of a Thursday schedule, here is today’s selection. The first two images are different views of the rocks on the Maine shore, followed by a recent image of ice on a local creek bed.

Maine Beach

Lichen

Loose Geometry

Abstract/Concrete 1

Crinoid with Lichen

Old Wallpaper

Abstract/Concrete 2

Abstract/Concrete 3

Brachiopod

Quarry Rocks

Kaaterakill Creek Bed

Two new ones here – on top is from a pile of props ( tree bough, wooden table legs, and the face of an old gas pump) in the back of my car on the way to their new home. Artist as hoarder? Someday I’ll use them again!

I’ll be back again soon.

Thanks for the visit,

011917: The Fog

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Several days of fog allowed for these opening images. There is a deepening and long lasting fog setting in that will require a sharpening of the senses. It starts tomorrow. All I can say is “Eyes wide open.” Don’t be fooled by the smoke and mirrors.

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I continue to move my seemingly endless piles of fossil rocks to the location of my new studio. And, in doing so, the only thing that slows me down is rediscovering so many worthy subjects for exploration.

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I set these pieces aside to provide some fresh fossil images for this week’s post.

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My thanks to the folks at the GCCA Gallery in Catskill for putting on a wonderful show last Saturday. It looked great and was well attended. For those who were unable to attend I include here the remaining three pieces that I contributed.

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Thanks for the visit.

011217: Thin Ice

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Before I get to the ice let me remind you of the opening of “Fresh,” an interesting show that I will be a part of. It opens this Saturday (the 14th) at the GCCA Gallery on Main Street in Catskill (5-7pm).Today’s opening image is one of four prints, all part of my “Galileo” series, that will be displayed in the show. All the work shown by all the artists involved has been created since October, thus the name “Fresh.” Please join us if you are in the area. The show will run through February 25.

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And now Thin Ice

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Last week, on one of the colder days of the year so far, I accompanied my friend, the enormously talented photographer Moshe Katvan on a hunt for rocks – not just any rocks, mind you, but just the right ones necessary for an upcoming shoot of his.

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So I took him to a few of my favorite spots to find some variety, one of which is a small dry creek bed that has interesting rocks and some extraordinary fossils.

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This particular day it also had pockets of ice where water pooled following the last rain.

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In many cases, the ice was paper thin…

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…with great details…

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…and some wonderful shapes.

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Just another example of the wonders of nature…

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…and the beauty of it all!

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I decided to round out this post with four images from last year’s work I did at La Specola, the Natural History Museum of Florence. I was thinking of delicacy, following the “ice” images, and was drawn to these particular images taken in the Entomology, Enichoderms, and Ornithology Sections.

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These proved to be fun to work on and they allowed for experimenting with some new techniques. What a joy it was to have been given such an opportunity.

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For those interested, from top to bottom – moth, heliaster, bird eggs, butterflies.

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Come say hello on Saturday at GCCA Gallery.

Thanks for the visit.

120116: Recent Pics

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Several days of much needed rain has kept me inside, leaving shooting plans on hold. I’m never at a loss, though, thanks to a library full of overlooked images.

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In reviewing image folders from the past few months, I came up with this selection – a mixed bag of objects ranging from plant life (above) to three more fossil images (at the end) from Isle La Motte.

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In between are a few local rocks and fossils and this unique artifact (above) – a “smudge pot” holder from a Tuscan vineyard where we dug for fossils on a previous visit. Yeah, most people return from such a trip with objects of beauty. Me – I come back with interesting junk!

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These are the three new images from September’s visit to Isle La Motte.

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I close today with a creekside view of a wonderland created by my good friend, Harry Matthews, the Renaissance Man of High Falls Road!

Thanks for the visit.

110316: On Edge

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Restless, edgy, anxious – that sums up my feelings lately. I assume that many of you are feeling it too. Will the ugliness and nastiness of this election season end next week or will it continue unabated? Democracy, decency, and the common good are very much at stake. A carnival barker con man has captured the attention of many who hope and wish for a return to the days of Ozzie and Harriet (and worse!). Please vote and vote wisely.

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Fortunately for me, my restlessness is always eased when I get out and walk the surrounding forest and creeks. Today’s images are the result of one of those strolls along Kaaterskill Creek. There are always new things to discover. And Tuesday’s walk was an exceptional one in that regard. The image above was a puzzler to me – a crinoid stem with a curl to it. My thanks to Dr. George McIntosh, Director of Collections at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, who suggested it to be a crinoid subset called Melocrinites. The little “button” below is a crinoid ossicle, a crosscut of a its stem.

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These next three images show a Zoophycos trace fossil, burrowing made by a marine worm. Four hundred million year old designs in nature! Thanks to my friend Dr. Chuck ver Straeten from the NY State Museum in Albany for that information.

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A gastropod followed by a variety of brachiopod bits rounds things out.

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These two are puzzlers to me – nothing I’ve seen before. Any ideas on these two images would be welcome to hear. Please let me know.

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I even managed to find some old graffiti – hard to read. But I was able to read the date as 1879.

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I’ll end with this image of one of the large rock slabs that make up the creek bed. I was struck by the play between the rippled pattern in the rock and the rippled water passing nearby.

Thanks for the visit. Don’t forget to vote.

102716: More Autumn Color

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While I’ve been out trying to capture the last of autumn color I have also run across more lichen. It is everywhere in the forest and therefore an ever present source of images for me.

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Aside from its beauty and variety, I have become intrigued, but confused, as to what exactly it is. Part fungus. Part algae. It’s been a tricky thing for me to grasp. And it turns out that I’m not the only one.

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A recent article in The Atlantic magazine tells an interesting and entertaining story of a scientist, Toby Spribille, who, after years of study, has cast a new light on just exactly what lichen is. It appears now that there are more than two players in this symbiotic relationship.

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Give it a read if you are so interested. If not, I hope you enjoy the samples of lichen, along with the moss, fallen leaves, and fading colors of autumn, that I have for you today.

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Let me close with this final image – three cephalopods peeking out from under a blanket of leaves. I uncovered these fossils a few years ago and always enjoy the occasional visit.

And here is a last minute postscript – This is what we awoke to this morning here in Catskill:

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So much for Autumn color!

101316: Creekside

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Last week I mentioned the “low water” conditions we have been experiencing in the Northeast (nothing compared to the severe drought conditions out west). Close to home, Kaaterskill Creek is at a severe low point, which makes it a fine place to explore. Much that is never accessible now is. What is usually underwater now is either above water or just below, making parts of the creek bed more plainly visible.

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So, above and below the water line, here is some of what I found over several days of exploration.

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There are always fossils to be found down there as well. Above is a mollusk. Below are a couple of brachiopods. All were found in rocks in the creek bed.

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I couldn’t resist adding this one from the side of the creek – tree roots dropping down a rock wall into the ground. This particular portion of root is taller than I am!

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Wrapping up this week’s selection are a pair of images that reflect the transition into Autumn.

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Thanks for the visit.