Through the Ages

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Fresh shale-fall.
Lepidodendron (Carboniferous Period, approx. 310-325 million years ago).
Small rounded granite stones that must predate the fossil, based on the amount of erosion.

A still life window into eons past, taken in the very present, and published on the internet, where it should last for quite some time in the future. Isn’t time amazing?

Primed for Erosion

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It is a different sort of tide line that presents itself at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and other pebble beaches. Where I usually look for compositions that prominently include marine life (plant and/or animal) on a sand background, pebble beaches do not offer this sort of tableau. Instead, a pebble-beach tide line is a puzzle of shapes and textures that almost require a refocusing of one’s eye and thoughts before focusing a camera lens.

Joggins is an evolving, shifting beach because of the constant erosion of the cliffs, coupled with dramatic high tides. The result is a beach (and tideline) that is littered with new-fallen shale, as well as with stones and pebbles that are well eroded. New fossils are revealed with every new cliff-fall, and can easily be found in many of the eroded stones.

This still life does not have any fossils that I can see, but the textures and colors in the shale and stones create a pleasing and somewhat dynamic photograph. I notice new things about it every time I look at it.

I *HEART* Joggins Fossil Cliffs …

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… and Nova Scotia, and tide lines of all sorts, and most especially days spent exploring nature with my beloved. This fossilized impression of stigmaria bark from the Carboniferous period says it all.

This photograph was taken along the tide line at Joggins Fossil Cliffs. Rather than a sand, or even small pebble tide line, Joggins is mostly a jumble of rocks, with sand and smaller rocks emerging at low tide. It makes walking the tide line a bit of a challenge, but the reward of watching one’s step comes with finding innumerable fossils along the walk.

NOTE: fossil was misidentified yesterday as lepidodendron. Corrected today as stigmaria.

Wave Action

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Whale Cove, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia
Bright sky, crystalline water, reddish sand, rainbow pebbles, and the most elegant and extravagant purple jellyfish I have ever seen. So much color on this small, isolated, and nearly empty cove. It was a spur of the moment, “Quick! Pull over there!” stop on our drive north on the west coast of Cape Breton from the Bay of Fundy area. So glad we did!

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