0703: Happy Fourth

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With a nod to the Fourth I dug up this shot from the recent past. The flag is set against the grille of an old tractor – where else but standing in line at the Fourth of July Parade a couple of years ago. I hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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Two things have kept me attached to the computer this past week. The quarry has been oppressively hot, for one. Fortunately I have plenty of images to catch up with ( a fresh selection to follow). But first, I have a few overlooked images from my time in Italy last Autumn.

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And that leads me to the second reason why I was attached to the computer – that seemingly instant crack-like addiction to World Cup soccer!  With the tv next to the computer …well you know the rest.

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It must have been that general aura of internationalism that led me to my Italy library in the first place. These are images of Pliocene Period fossils that we found in the hills of Tuscany, in a vineyard with our friends Elisabetta and Stefano.

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They covered the ground and the hillside – white specks everywhere.

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And now, to the quarry. These first three images have terrific detail – one of those features that always amazes me – 385 million years old and this well defined information exists – right at our feet!

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But then I’m one of those people who is still awed by the notion that scientists have developed ways to help figure so much of this out – life on the planet, that is.

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 (By the way, clicking on any image will bring it up in a fresh window. Just hit back arrow to return.)

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I’ll close today with a shot from Cooper Lake, just outside of Woodstock.

Thanks for the visit.

0403: Finally Spring!

IMG_0062_01_LR_12Seems as if Winter lasted forever. It really didn’t, of course. But, here in the Catskill area, the last few years of mild winters had left many of us a bit spoiled. That’s the past. Right now sun and mild temperatures have changed attitudes dramatically!

IMG_0134_01_LR_12Like seeing friendly faces after a long separation, my fossil garden has resurfaced after a winter of snow cover, much to my own delight. And the cephalopods are beginning to look more like exclamation points greeting the good weather.

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IMG_2718_01_LR_12For me, the good weather has meant my first trip of the season to the neighboring quarry. That’s the eastern escarpment of the Catskills in the distance – always a great view from up here. Directly behind me (from where I took the picture) sits a thirty foot tall pile of rocks – most of which come from a bulldozed layer thick with fossils. Nothing earth-shattering about these fossils from any scientific standpoint – but shooting possibilities abound.

IMG_0181_01_LR_10Plenty of brachiopods…

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IMG_0190_01_LR_10You never know what will appear in the next overturned rock…

IMG_0138_01_LR_10…and that’s the fun of it all. That and the joy of being out and about on a beautiful day in beautiful surroundings!

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IMG_0195_01_LR_10I also made a quick trip to a nearby road cut full of crinoid stems and ossicles (the little round things). I have shown crinoids many times in the past – they look like flowers on long stems. When the stems break down, what are left, essentially, are circular crosscuts of the stem. It’s a bit more involved than that but, for me, the random circles present endless creative opportunities.

That same trip led to this discovery:

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A couple of final notes – I’ll be gallery sitting at the bau Gallery this Sunday from noon until 6 PM. It’s the last day of my show (and our group show). So, if you are in the Beacon area please drop by.

Also, I just got back from hanging a show of my Devonian Drawer series at Oriole 9 in Woodstock. The opening is set for Saturday, April 12 at 5 PM. It will be up this weekend (hours are 8:30 ’til 4:30) for any of you who might be traveling to Woodstock for the Photo Now opening at the Center for Photography

I’ll leave you with Tuesday’s sunset from down the road. It was a special one.

IMG_0111_01_LR_10Thanks for the visit.