31 December 2015

2015 through a geologist’s eyes

Posted by Jessica Ball

It’s the last day of my eighth year of blogging. I’ve had a pretty amazing year, and though I haven’t gotten to writing about every bit of it, I’ve amassed some great photos of my travels. So here are a few things you’ve already seen, and a preview of a few things yet to come!

One of my proudest accomplishments? I saw my first banana slug. It was magical.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Ariolimax californicus, Big Basin Redwoods State Park

I saw Yosemite for the first time (and at last!)

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

I spent some time in the Sierras, a lot of it on granite.

Yosemite National Park

Glacial erratics on Pothole Dome, Yosemite National Park

King's Canyon National Park

Mist Falls, King’s Canyon National Park

I spent time looking at slightly…cruddier rocks.

Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park

Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park

I modeled some safety gear for this year’s #distractinglysexy Twitter meme.

Mineral, California

Mineral, California

occasionally paid attention to the trees…

Sequoia National Park

Grant Grove, Sequoia National Park

I checked out a lava dome.

Panum Crater & Mono Lake, California

Panum Crater & Mono Lake, California

And some more lava domes…

Obsidian Dome, Long Valley, California

Obsidian Dome, Long Valley, California

ALL THE LAVA DOMES.

Lassen National Park

Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags, Lassen National Park

I did look at a few things that weren’t lava domes.

Mono Lake, California

Tufa towers at Mono Lake, California

But really, there were a LOT of lava domes.

Mono Domes, California

Mono Domes, California

I did field work in a very cold (and sometimes very wet) place. (The folks who worked there didn’t want me posting photos while we were doing the work, but I think it should be okay now…)

I wasn't too clear on where this was. Kind of cold, though.

An undisclosed location :)

I hung out on the coast.

Point Bonita, Marin Headlands

Point Bonita, Marin Headlands

I got up close and personal with a chunk of the sea floor.

Point Bonita pillow basalts

Point Bonita pillow basalts

And I got to spend this year’s Fall Meeting with some old friends…

Old friends...

The Twitter volcano ladies @Tuff_Cookie, @rockdoc11, @alisongraetting and @janinekrippner (photo courtesy of Janine)

…and a few new ones.

A special guest at AGU Fall Meeting!

A special guest at AGU Fall Meeting!

But everywhere I went, I got to share these amazing places with friends, family and colleagues, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. So here’s to a New Year where I get to explore even more!

Happy New Year from California! (Geologist for scale.)

Happy New Year from California! (Geologist for scale.)