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15 March 2016

Timberville

Join Callan for a virtual field trip, as he shares dozens of photos from a recent ‘field review’ of a new geological map in Virginia’s Valley & Ridge province. Highlights: graptolites, trace fossils, geopetal structures, folds and faults.

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3 July 2014

It’s a fungi-eat-fungi world out there

Spotted in the yard this morning: One fungus (yellow, cracked like a breadcrust) being consumed by another (whitish, hairy wisps). Close-up portraits…

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3 October 2011

Lichens on Morrison sandstone

Picking up from Saturday’s post about ripple marks and cross-bedding in Morrison sandstone from north of Shell, Wyoming, let’s scoot away from the purely geological content for a moment, so that we can appreciate some beautiful orange/yellow radial lichens growing on one rippled sandstone slab: You can make that one bigger by clicking on it, or you can look at these close-up lichen portraits below: I love the delicate fading …

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9 May 2010

Bouquet

In honor of Mother’s Day, I offer up an unusual bouquet of flowers… These are not really flowers, of course, but an odd form of lichen that I found in the Crazy Mountains of Montana last summer, growing on a spruce tree. Freaky little things, eh? All shots are with the macro function on: the black circles measure about 0.5cm across. Happy Mother’s Day!

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