092817: The New Season

It’s a cool breezy day here in Catskill today. The recent heat has given way to what appears to be a perfect early Autumn day. And a brief trip to the farm stand at Story Farms confirms the seasonal changes that we are in the midst of. Gourds, pumpkins, apples and late corn fill the bins. It all seems to move quickly so enjoy this season while its here. “Tempus fugit” as my old Latin teacher would exhort!

I finally managed to get out the other day and explore a new fossil site (new to me, that is). It was a small limestone quarry just outside of town. Not much to find, it turns out, but just good to be out in the field again. These are a few of my discoveries: Above is a trilobite pygidium (always fun to find around here).

Next is a type of brachiopod named Leptaena. I generally don’t find to many of these so any time I find one I think it’s a pretty good day!

Here are a few brachiopods. Upon closer view, in the center of the image, there are small circular objects – crinoid ossicles, small segments of the stem of a crinoid.

These next three images show different views of a coral, Syringopora, that snake through the limestone. It’s pretty common around here. In this case, though, the definition and delineation is particularly noteworthy.



And here are a few more fossils (not from that quarry trip) that caught my eye starting with this impression of another coral type in sandstone.

Two brachiopods with what I believe to be the impression of a another trilobite pygidium.

And last, a group of various brachiopods sharing a very small space together



I’ll close out today with more Sci Fi art – covers from 1950s pulp magazines. All the recent events surrounding the Cassini Mission and its descent into the Saturn atmosphere has had me mesmerized! And seeing Saturn in the sky in the above image reminded me of it all the more. Enjoy!




Thanks for the visit!

January Ends

IMG_1891_Pano_01_LR_12aCrazy changes in the weather lately have given us some intense fog (along with coughs, colds, and sniffles). Forty degree temperature shifts also provide for wonderful shooting opportunities. These two, taken after snow had melted, are examples from nearby Story Farms.

_MG_1896_01_LR_10But rather than yearn for snow and cold, like this image from last winter…

IMG_6871_01_LR_10…I’d rather give thought to the eventual warmth of Spring and Summer. As the windchill plummets tonight I’ll take comfort in this image of the Vly, a flat, boggy area named by the Dutch centuries ago, and always a wonderful site for late afternoon drama in the good weather!


The other day, while attempting to organize some of my image libraries, I came across an overlooked series from a visit to an old city building in Albany. Like so many other municipal buildings in urban settings, this one’s glory days are long past. Yet, still, there remains echoes of those days – the luncheonette counter that hasn’t served BLTs or malteds in years…

IMG_2211_01_LR_10  The snowy mural, seemingly an afterthought at the base of a stairwell…

IMG_2232_01_LR_12…and entrances that arch, more like classical alcoves than framed-out doorways.

IMG_2228_01_LR_12IMG_2227_01_LR_12…all of which reminded me of this image from Venice – Tintoretto’s neighborhood, to be precise – where these architectural features were standard.


The trip through my libraries also led me to more images from my Devonian Drawer series and an opportunity to address that which had initially been set aside. I’ll leave you with this handful of new drawers.

IMG_7900_01_LR_12IMG_6343_01_LR_WPIMG_6421_01_LR_WP IMG_7942_01_LR_WPIMG_0135_01a_LR_12 IMG_8973_01_LR_WPThank you as always for visiting. More images at www.artmurphy.com

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