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Monday, November 19, 2007

New Painting & Fossils

Just finished this 8x10" painting (since gifted to a friend,) "Sunset at Cedar Bay," which was inspired by a picture I have from my favorite hangout back in Canada. It was my virtually private retreat on the shores of Lake Erie, where I spent many pleasant hours. Predominantly oak trees with the slightest smattering of hickories, there's not a cedar tree in sight. Scoured ages ago by the glaciers that eventually became the Great Lakes, the beach is also littered with coral fossils. I always thought I'd be blown away if the fossils were a million years old. After further research, I discovered that they're over 500 million years old, from the Ordovician period of the Paleozoic era. The tabulate & rugose coral fossils I'd found were among the earliest life forms on Earth.

9 comments:

Julie said...

The light communicates brilliantly on this. I'd love to dive in and chase through the links to the fossils you mention.

- Lost the thread last night. I meant to ask if you'd thought of putting one of your paintings on the profile pic slot so it appears near your name! sorry! Type too fast...

We have visited a number of bird sanctuaries. Place where I spent much of my childhood was noted for its off-course passerines.

Lana said...

Julie; When I went back for a visit this past August I even skipped visiting Niagara Falls (another old haunt,) so I could spend more time at Cedar Bay. Now that it's no longer a mile from my house, I realize it's one of the best places in the entire world...
I'll get around to taking some pix of my better fossils soon, so you can see exactly what I'm talking about.
Gotcha on the painting for my pic. I actually had a pic from my wedding I wanted to use for that, but it seemed more of a pain in the rear than it was worth, so I didn't bother. Maybe I'll try again in the future.
By "off course" passerines, do you mean irruptive species? (See http://www.birdsource.org/ibs/irruption.html )

Julie said...

lana - That page is currently down for maintenance - I was referring to migratory birds which are blown off course over the North Sea and end up on the exposed area of Spurn Point in Yorkshire.

Sir Peter Scott (son of Falcon Scott) set up a bird sanctuary there -he used to have a beer in the local when I was a child.

I posted about collecting fossils in that rich cretaceous area as a child.

Seen Niagara 20 yrs ago, and went up into the Muskoka (sorry spelling?) lakes where older family used to live.

If the pic is already on the blog its easier to upload to profile.

Assume profile N/A is a deliberate choice?

Shauna and Candice mentioned how hard Katrina hit writers in terms of the disruption on Shauna's blog today - all we see over here is how slow the clear up has been if its mentioned at all - though granted I've seen very little news for a couple of months.

ps - there's a link to Guardian Art on the bottom of my site you might like to have a look at, and a few stunning screen savers on Nat Geog (and jigsaws...) which I got to through one of your links.

Have a good day (night?!)

J

Julie said...

PS

Have a smile at poem 'Icarus' in my second blog if you're passing.

Charles Gramlich said...

This is a beautiful painting. I think it's one of your best ever, baby.

Lana said...

Julie; Gotcha on the "off course" birds.
"Muskoka" is spelled correctly. ;) Beautiful area there.
My wedding pic isn't already uploaded & my N/A profile is indeed by choice. I may change it in future.
We're coming along after Katrina. It's a slow process, considering the bureaucracy & corruption involved (not to mention the scope of the initial disaster!) People are still in FEMA trailers, though--we still have quite a way to go.

Charles; You're too kind, as usual.

Julie said...

lana - quick one -

how are you inserting hyperlinks into the text? Using HTML?

(Which is a bit beyond me!)

Lana said...

Julie; Yes, HTML. Here's a good site on it; http://vzone.virgin.net/sizzling.jalfrezi/iniframe.htm

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