Real 'Rock' Stars!

CLOSEUP FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF TIME. . .

Forgive me. I couldn't resist the play on words from among the categories of this interesting photography challenge presented by our AustinStar! My "Rocks" really are intended for the "Extreme Closeup" Category, not for the "Potential Rock Album Cover" one; - though, - with such a zany bunch as this, - who knows?

The following photo is of an ammonite fossil imprint on a limestone rock which I found on my SW Texas ranch. There are many such fossils there, including full size whole fossilized mollusks. There are occasional dinosaur footprints in the deep bottom of Big Canyon.

Speaking of big, this is a large fossil!

Large Fossil

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Little Fossil ~

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This next photo is of an Ordovacian fossil imprint on a limestone rock also found on my ranch. There are countless of these little fellows there, an even some whole intact fossilized little Loxonemes. These are small fossils. The rock it is on is a baby compared to the first one.


If only I'd known there would one day be a Killer Contest!


There are arrowheads, fossils, amazing things I could have photographed! But no, not me - I was too busy snapping pix of jackrabbits and desert flora! But there is still hope. But don't give up on me, my ranch and more of the great West to provide star-worthy sights!

There are many sources of interesting objects!

Read on. . . .

Ancient Chinese Temple Tile my Mother Found Among "Junk"

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At the Grand Canyon This Brave Flower Inspired Me!~

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CLOSEUP RANCH FLORA AND FAUNA!

The next one is not a fossil. It was a live moth clinging to the wall of the little cabin at the ranch my George and I built. I was amazed at Nature' cleverness to disquise the creature so that it looks like a tabby cat's face!

In the Early Morning Light, I Beheld ~

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Never a dull moment in the desert!

Below is an anomaly in a desert setting, so delicate a flower is it!  But it hides except in the cool shadows of a canyon, among the mesquites and junipers for shade.

Discovered on Another Early Morning Stroll in A Canyon ~

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One of Many "Natural Bouquets" In the North Pasture One Day ~

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While Walking in A Draw, I Surprised This Jackrabbit ~

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After a Rain, the Spiderwebs Are on Every Wire and Stem ~

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I picked the moth! I loved all the photos, but I thought the moth/cat's face was the coolest. It is now live on my contest hub. The other competitors will have a high standard with this one!

Lela


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Fossils fascinate me. Finding a new one means I am looking at a unique something from long ago that no other human eye has ever seen.

Good stuff, as always.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Austin - thank you! I'm honored!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Will - I'm leased that you enjoyed this. I'm no "real" photographer, - but ever since my "Brownie" camera in my teens, I love to snap pictures of interesting things! This contest brings out my underground love of it.

Fossils are truly fascinating to me, too. That and the mineral and crystal displays at the Smithsonian fascinated me above all else. I would love to spend a week or more just in those areas there! Thanks for the visit and comment!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nellieanna that is so cool, to find fossils like that right at home! I love the large fossil. The Earth's history is right outside!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Nell, can you take another shot of the dinosaur footprint? This on is a bit blurry. Could be my eyes, of course. But I think the earth moved a bit when you snapped this one!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Those fossil photos are awesome, Nellieanna. And the moth that looks like a cat is remarkable. I also saw an Indian with feathers squatting down covered by a richly designed shawl. Maybe we could use this graphic for an updated Rohrschach test. Whatcha think? :)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dolores - well, the ranch is 500 miles from my residence in Dalas. The Earth's history is always right outside when I'm there. And at night - the entire universe seems as close as a neighbor, though admittedly neighbors are miles apart down there! :-)

But there's no light pollution, the air is rarefied and one can almost count the individual stars in our own Milky Way galaxy! I grew up thinking it was that way everywhere. It seems to be in perspective from where one stands on our remote little planet on its far outskirts!

Thank you for the lovely comment!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Austin - That photo you refer to isn't a dinosaur's footprint. It is a fossil print of an ammonite mollusk which lived at the same time as dinosaurs, to be sure. It is here in my den so I will do another shot of it with steadier hand, in case you want to use it. I'm tending to it shortly.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Austin - That photo you refer to isn't a dinosaur's footprint, though. I did see a dinosaur footprint in a canyon when I was young but unprepared to preserve it on camera. In fact, at that time, giving credence to dinosaurs was greatly frowned upon, if you know what I mean. I knew I'd seen it and I had read about them and that they had trod in the shallow sea which had covered the land where the ranch is, but I didn't much expect to be believed when I told people. As it was, there was no great response one way or the other, but I can still see it in my mind's eye.

But the picture you refer to is of a fossil imprint of an ammonite mollusk. I found on the ranch and knew it had lived there at the same time as dinosaurs. I did bring it home to Dallas so it is here in my den and I will take another shot of it with steadier hand, in case you want to use it. The rock itself is quite weathered with the eons, but I can get a clearer shot of it. I'm tending to it shortly.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Isn't life fascinating. Fossilized or alive, life jumps out as us from all angles. I especially loved the moth one clinging to the cabin as well as the spider webs on the barbed wire fence. You took amazing photos on that Brownie:0))

To think of all the creatures that walked before us thousands of years ago. It just stuns the mind and dwarfs us as humans. Thank you Nellieanna for these wonderful shares, you now can spend more time looking down as you walk your ranch, never know what you may find, he he he.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

How awesome - I so loved the photos and of course great title.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - ah - wish I could claim I took these with that old Brownie. Some were taken with a 35mm Nikon, some with a Nikon digital. The Brownie was what I'd have used when I was a teenager if I'd thought to bring a camera when I was down in Big Canyon exploring that day with my family, when I wandered off and found the dinosaur track!

By the way - I changed out the fuzzy Ammonite photo for a clear one I just took and added one of an interesting ancient Chinese temple tile. Mother had a lot of antiques - family heirlooms, etc. and she was always "collecting" and poking around in "antique" or "junk" shops and she ran across this in the process. She gave it to me and I've had it in a box all these years, thinking to frame it or something. It's interesting so I thought I'd include it in the "close-up" category here.

I keep finding things to include. I may be making another hub. LOL.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

acaetnna - thank you! That was tricky of me to title it that way, huh? hehehe. Glad you liked!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Austin - as I just told Ken - and also posted on your Killer Contest comments - I changed the Ammonite photo out for a clearer one I just took - and added the Chinese temple tile to my hub. Just so you know. . . .

Thanks!


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I love fossils, and when I worked on the railway I was always finding them in the ballast. Heaven knows where they originally came from.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

christopherA - Fascinating! And it forced me to find out what "ballast" is as it relates to railways. I knew what it is relative to boats and ships, but I'd never encountered it in regard to the gravelly material used in the laying of railways. Yet, I've had a little association with them all my life. For one thing, the father of my best friend in my childhood was a conductor on the Southern Pacific many years, and then became the head of the regional Conductors Union. I used to go with her and her mother to get him at the station when he returned from a trip. I loved to go to the railroad station.

And - my ranch country is where the first southern coast to coast railways were laid. My deed goes only back one owner - my Dad - before it was the property of the RR.

Many fascinating stories associated with laying that railroad, too. And the first-hand memory of the tiny communities every 30 or so miles along hundreds - thousands of miles of its course for replenishing the water for the steam engines. Now there are "ghost towns" every 30 or so miles, including the one closest to my ranch by road, Pumpville - and the next within view at night when their searchlight is turned on, Dryden. It's actually the closest but a network of deep canyons impedes travel except on horseback or ATV. My country is quite remote but the RR is just south of my southern fenceline and I can hear the train at times as it is passing through, though now it's all streamlined and very fast and quiet. It's not unusual to have to wait for one to pass before getting out of Pumpville and on down the gravel road to eventually get to the ranch, either! Those always seem to be the longest, slowest frieght trains, too! Good to have a cold beverage in a cooler to help wait it out!

Anyway - that is most interesting that there were fossils in the ballast. I suppose, though - if it is composed of natural rock, it is not too surprising that some of it might have been in a riverbed or other body of water and some hapless creature would have lain in the wet sand and died there, only to be encapsulated for some one in the 20th or 21st century AD to discover in some ballast! :-) I guess it is that kind of coincidence which fascinates me the most, Chris.

In the walls of caves along the The Pecos River Canyon, not too far from the ranch, there are pictographs which far predate any historical account. Of course - some of those show signs of having been updated from even earlier art work by a bit more modern humans, who were still pre-historic on this continent. Amazing stuff!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ok, got the new stuff. I hope you're not the only one to enter! But that will put you up there for first place. No competition! :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha - well - At least both your and my hubs about it are getting some traffic and interest. If I'm the only entry, though - I refuse to accept a prize as a default. LOL.

Thanks for posting some more of them. I need to give it a rest! Maybe that's what's keeping folks from entering. I didn't expect but one or two of mine to be chosen to be used! I just don't seem to know how to make a very brief hub! hahaha!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Nellieanna,

I have only 15 mins to spare before I've got to get the bus into town but as soon as I return I will give this hub the attention it deserves.

Take care

Eiddwen


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Tinsky 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

Great Fossils! Wish those two were in my display cabinet. I found a fossil of a shell once while walking through cow paddocks in Bubwith in England. My father also gave me a fossil once of a what he said was a dinosaur tooth... of that I'm not sure, but he is missing quite a few teeth.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I thought I saw just a slight image of Mick Jagger on that fossil pic...just slight though. Okay, perhaps that's not very nice of me. But it was an engaging, and pardon the pun, rock solid hub.


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

Thank you for this interesting and unusual article. Linda


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Wonderful! I love the spiderweb picture. While I really don't like spiders, they are quite the architects.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Wonderful photos - mine are on their way! Hub coming up!

Thanks for these Nellieanna! This is fun!

Love and peace

Tony


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

They are fantastic. Thank you for the pleasure of seing them.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen - I'm flattered that you chose to spend a bit of your 15 minutes dropping by my hub! Thank you! Hugs!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Tinsky - LOL - your father sounds like a man with a good humor! Fossils are fascinating. In fact all the evidence of the Earth's history is fascinating! Thank you!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Springboard -how nice to meet you. If this silly hub brought you here so I could, it has earned its right to the space. However, I will confess I didn't' see MIck Jaggers in the old fossil, though there may be that semantic resemblance, now that I think about it! Glad you enjoyed the thing! Thanks! (well - maybe that fossil DOES look a bit like Mick!)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

lindatymensky - I thank you most heartily for visiting my hub and I welcome you on HubPages!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Truckstop Sally - Yes, those little creatures are not only tenacious, they are quite creative! Amazing to think that they not only design but manufacture the material for their edifices, which serve to trap their diet, too. I wish I knew why they were so prolific after the rain though. Seriously - they were everywhere. Somewhere I have a picture of a wider view of their handiwork. The ranch compound was almost encased in spider weavings! (rain is relatvely rare down there; - perhaps that is a clue. . . )


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh Tony - Good! I look forward to your entry! YOU are a real photographer!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, hello - thank you for coming by and enjoying it! Hugs!


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azure_sky 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Great pictures, Nellieanna!! Isn't it wonderful to step out your door and see all of these wonderful things that Mother Nature has to show you!! Thoroughly enjoyed this hub!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hello, azure_sky! Thank you so much for the visit! I am pleased that you enjoyed this! By the way, I've been over at your hubsite and left a few comments - one to your SuperBowl poem. You see, I live in Dallas - the ranch is way down on the border - West of the Pecos, Just Shy of the Bend. I don't get to step outside into it nearly often enough!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Well I have actually popped back to read your hub .

As always brilliant!! I have made a promise to myself that in the next couple of days that i am going to read more of your hubs.

You are very talented and I'm so glad that you are sharing this talent.

I also hope that you are enjoying yourself on your own special day.

take care and lots of love birthday girl

Eiddwen


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

These are beautiful photos! I, too, love the fossils the most! Although, the moth is wonderful to look at and imagine different scenes. What a great camouflager she is!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen - How good of you to follow up and return to peruse! I'll be thrilled if you choose to visit other hubs. Thank you!

It is a good birthday, though we're in a record cold & iced-in siege for several days. It's OK with me. I planned my outside stuff before it hit. But I feel badly for those who must be out in it. Actual temperature got down to 7 degrees F, but with winds, the windchill has been several degrees below zero-F and these temperatures haven't improved much, plus they are expected to drop much more before there is any sign of thawing. Many folks are without utilities. Hospitals are struggling to keep things going. So I am very lucky to have mine and to be comfy. I don't keep my house too warm and I'm used to dressing warmly - so I'm in good shape.

Downtown and beyond, stoplights are not functioning. Imagine! Dallas is not as used to this and our metro road system includes stacked overpasses, which of course, freeze more quickly - they refreeze as fast as they're treated by the street department -IF they can get to the trouble spots. So traffic is hindered. What a day!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sueroy - Thank you, dear lady. It's so - that moth is fascinating. Glad you came by and enjoyed the pictures!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

DRBJ - how amazing. I remember writing a reply to your comment about the possible moth/ Rohrschach test. It is a vivid memory because - just like now - I had to copy and paste your word! I was and am in full agreement that this moth would stir all sorts of buried psychological visions! hehe. Sorry I apparently wrote the reply but then - being psychotic in my own ways - I didn't get it posted. Y'see, - I have to write offline and then copy & paste or else the Mac-Hubpage standoff tends to whisk my replies away. I've learned to beat the system - but it doesn't work if I neglect to paste, which must have happened here! Thanks for your, as always - provocative comments!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Nellieanna...Your photos are awesome! Besides your photography skills, which are great, your ability to notice is phenomenal. So many people go through life simply not seeing the wonders of nature or even people-made delights that are right in front of their eyes. JAYE


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well after all is said and done - many many many years from now - when there are only fossil remains of Hubpages - a future generation will learn of our reigning Poet Queen of the Hubs by seeing your likeness

in stone and reading these hallowed words in a sacred poetic inscription below: Hello my name was Nellieanna - and I was here!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I do value being able to see and notice the amazing beauties and interesting things all around me. It's a source of constant pleasure. I've been known to nudge perfect strangers to call attention to some wondrous thing being overlooked! I guess I "come by it" naturally. Mother would be so excited when her night-blooming cereus bloomed in the middle of one night a year, she would go get neighbors to come and behold it! LOL. And - miracle of miracles - they would get out of their warm beds in December and come to behold it! LOL.

I truly admire folks who have the knack of seeing and capturing the fine-tuned detail or the thing so big it is overlooked. Thank you, Jaye - I love that compliment!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

hahaha - Epigramman (I see your name is Colin, and it's one of my favorite names -so may I call you that?) What a picture you paint! One thing is definitely so, though - I was here! Thank you, dear heart.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well, I am so envious that you are able to find fossils on your property! Thanks for sharing your adventure Nellieanna!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Fossillady - I have just been on a whirlwind tour of some of YOUR magnificent work. Your photo-essay of the imagery by nature of the snowfall and its sculptures, wispy paintings and poetry in white - simply breathtaking! I also enjoyed your remarkable poem-tribute to our epigramman! (I am beginning to suspect that several of my fans were directed to my hubs by his kind spirit & literary largesse!)

So thank you for visiting my hub and your most kind comment!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well it's true - I did send Fossillady your way and I am so very glad that you both met ...... and this is the true spirit of Hubpages!!!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

I agree wholeheartedly, Colin! And thank you for that!! Hugs.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

I love your pics. The fossils are amazing!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

It is wonderful meeting a fellow Texan here all due to Austinstar's photo competition. One of my earlier hubs was about rocks also. I love collecting them and have some with fossils in them. Like you, my first camera was a box Brownie and I have been taking pictures ever since. Enjoyed your photos immensely!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Habee - thank you! Your visit is a pleasure! I'm pleased you enjoyed the fossils!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS Author

Peggy - that is wonderful! I'm thrilled to meet another Texan. I just looked into your profile and am quite impressed with your talent! Your linoleum cut art prints are just lovely. I can't wait to investigate the other artistic creations you mention.

I worked in Houston as a Bridal Consultant at Sakowitz downtown for a time after graduating from SMU here in Dallas. It was many years ago but yes, Houston is a dynamic and cultural city. A tragedy in my family shortened my Houston stay, however.

I was saddened when Sakowitz closed. It was a beautiful qualiy store.

My father graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin, by the way. But I'm a native Texan, both in Del Rio, though I lived in Southern Indiana & Kentucky for a number of years before returning to my beloved Texas. I can well imagine what a change it was for you, moving from up north to South Texas. Whew!

I'm pleased that HubPages has provided the opportunity to meet you! Thank you so much for visiting my hub and I look forward to reading some of yours. I'll look for the one on rocks. Seems we have several things in common!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Each time I visit the canyons , the rivers , the magic of the southwest I swear I feel the presence of the ghosts of the past , the natives , the wildlife , the prehistoric sea life. The more I go there and listen to the ..Geologists , anthropologists .....well , its like story time for me!.....awesome as usual my friend!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh yes - there are spirits hovering in those places and artifacts. The Grand Canyon is the most amazing place for experiencing that, but some of my own are, too.. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, horseback.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Nellieanna, I have come to have a look and a wander. I love fossils. I am always amazed that the most delicate things become fossilised... perhaps just a footprint, or the stem of a flower.

When I bought the house I now live in (in 1977), there was an old coal bunker which had contained coal for heating the house. No central heating; just a couple of "working" fireplaces, and the bunker was empty... or so I thought.

There was chunk of black coal, as black and as beautiful as if it had been varnished or oiled. I picked it up, and as I did, it sort of "scraped" against itself. Do you know what I mean?

I realised that it was cracked and as I held it, it broke, laterally, into two and the break opened to become a perfect fossilised (Is it called a fossil if it's coal?) fern.

This perfectly preserved fern is about 80mm long and about 65mm wide. Two halves, one concave and the other convex. How beautiful!

I love the spider's web between the two strands of barbed wire. Imagine; that thing of delicacy and beauty is stringer inch for inch, weight for weight, than the barbed wire.

Get ready for a poem entitled 'Arachne' that will arrive chez vous very shortly. Ha ha!

Ian

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Ian - welcome here to look and wander - and to add your marvelous comments! I could not be more pleased!

That was such a lovely discovery - the chunk of coal with the fossil inside! Indeed it is certainly a fossil. There were layers and layers of ancient forests trapped in the primordial sediment which were pressurized into beds of highly combustible coal among the more inorganic strata of common rock formed from the sediment of decaying matter buried by earth's ancient turnover. Not surprising that there are many fossils trapped in the coal layers. It's even called one of the 'fossil fuels'.

But I've never seen one. - Of course, my entire life is almost totally devoid of any exposure to coal itself! For me, there's still something mysterious and amazing about its existence! This part of the world is familiar with petroleum instead. :-)

Yes, the spider webs with a few remaining rain droplets were amazing. One had to see the absolute profusion of them to fully appreciate the entire phenomenon in progress! There was not a single part of the fence around the 3-acre compound or a single mesquite branch without these architectural wonders suspended between the sections!

But that morning was before digital photography. I am sure I used up a roll of 35mm film on it, though. So I need to find more of the photos!

Unlike the plethora of digital photos stored on my computers, though, the old-fashioned snapshot are in envelopes and folders stored in boxes in closets (or in drawers or under furniture!) so they're less speedily accessible when one's fancy turns to seeing them again! haha. I admit that I'm spoiled by being able to type in a key word of some sort to locate my stored digital pictures - provided I'm on the right computer where they're stored or have the right CD or other storage media at my fingertips. Does it begins to be as unwieldy as the old 35mms? hahahah! The natural consequence of hoarding, I guess.

Thank you and big hugs!

'Arachne' - my, oh my! :-)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

This is me showing off like a little child.

From 'Arachne'

You jewel of light and colour sparkling

Rainbow dewdrops in prismatic glory

Rivalled by the black gem you are.

Woven web, there centrally hanging

Clings to the axis of the web there

From dew drenched leaf to lichened fence post.

Morning web with dewdrops pulling

Your web with all its dew drops pulling

Each thread down towards the earth...

Makes them take on the aspect.

Of a luscious diamond necklace.

Multi faceted, dewdrop diamonds

In the early morning sunlight.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

You are justified to show off! This is so expressive. . . beautiful. . . Thank you for sharing it. I'm visualizing the satiny coal with its treasure of preserved primordial fern and earth's earlier memories - sparkling in jet-black glory. It's an experience!

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