Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Petrified Wood

Petrified wood given me by a friend.

Friday, September 27, 2013


This is a piece of massive quartz from Graves Mountain.  Strange that it should show this unearthly blue/green in the scan as the color by room light is a pure white.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Other Side

I have been wondering just what the black bits are and today received an answer from a geologist friend

"The black pieces are mostly trilobite fragments.  They preserve differently due to the fact they are composed of chitinous calcium phosphate. This is a very common  preservation for trilobites in the Upper Ordovician in Kentucky."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Faux Bone

Picked this up on a beach on the sunrise side of Michigan.  It was one of the first beaches we visited and I thought it might be some sort of coral because of the covering.  Then, I was sure it was a dinosaur bone, it even has a crack running down the back and if you look closely on the left side, you can see what look like gnaw marks.  But I hit the end with a rock grinder, and, alas, it did not "bleed" red like dino bone and I saw no evidence of structure.  So probably a rock that was covered with some sort of marine life at one time.  But the shape....

Saturday, September 21, 2013

crinoid bits

pretty piece of Kentucky shell hash, lots of crinoid bits

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kentucky Shell Hash

I think this is going out to be a yard rock.  It is pretty fragile, so I thought I'd photograph it first.  What I like is the delicate shells which seem to still have a bit of shine to them after, what, 250 million years or so.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

small trilobite

A very small trilobite from Kentucky.  I almost missed him.  He or maybe she, I don't know about trilobites, is about 1/8 of an inch long.


You never know what you will find where or what adventure lies around.  It's what makes life interesting.  I found this today at a Humane Society Thrift store in North Carolina.  Just me and the dog, but we enjoyed our day.

streaks of color

Sunset from a South Haven neighborhood street.  Everyone came out drinks in hand to salute the day's ending.  It was a beautiful day.
Small crinoid fossil taken with my old cell phone in December of last year

Last of Summer, First of September

last of Summer, first of September ----- Cabbed, well, the upper left one is not finished, rocks picked up on the generous beaches of Michigan.  All the ones at the right contain fossils, the smallest one show a coral.  I'm not sure what the two middle dark ones show.  Bits of this an that, I'm sure.  Iron, I know which showed silvery, but "rusted" quickly.  If you look closely on the lower right edge of the cream colored one, you may see a trilobite.

I think the reddish one on the left is Mary Ellen Jasper, but that has yet to be confirmed.