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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Lucy Corrander - Rocks - 13th September 2008

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Kanak Hagjer said...

Many of your pictures, including this one, remind me of trips to the river, picnic spots, and everything pleasant, associated with the great outdoors.

Hermes said...

That is almost 3d. I want to touch them, and try and forget about the snow!

richard said...

Thank You for the comment u left.I ve found Your blog by searching the followers of my blog and their followers aswell.My blog is about educating my wievers about Romania,whose image has been long time a bad one.I simply let the country to speak for itself,of course,using my skills of cameraman :).
Best regards,Richard

Lucy Corrander said...

You are right, Kanak - have breakfasted while sitting on rocks close to these (slightly smoother ones!) from time to time in the summer.


Lucy Corrander said...

Hermes - I'm took this photo in September but, being by the sea, I expect they look much the same today as rarely will they be snowed upon.


P.S. I like snow!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you for becoming a follower of PICTURES JUST PICTURES, Richard (and of LOOSE AND LEAFY too!).

(I too sometimes hop from blog to blog in the way you describe and it can be interesting what treasures one can find on the way.)

I am one of those who know next to nothing about Romania and I really appreciate your wildlife and scenery photos - though I must confess I was nearly put off by the photo in your current header because it looks as if you (you or someone else?) is just about to shoot the wild fowl in the post below it - and that in a rather dramatic way!


Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

These are the kind of rocks I like, natural and not 'man made'. And because of that, I'd really like them for my garden. I'm building a wall (well, my husband will actually be doing it) and the rocks are very expensive around here. Do you think you can send me some:)

Collected said...

Sunita - thanks for your message on Blotanical.

The coastline where I take most of these photos is of great interest to geologists and palaeontologists and the particular area I tend to concentrate on is where several kinds of rock meet.

Many of the rocks along the stretch where I took this particular photo have been brought there by humans wanting to protect the shoreline from erosion. Therefore, although they are probably all 'local' stone, they haven't necessarily been located precisely in that spot since they were formed!

The white rock you mention is probably a bit of low quality Portland Stone. (If I had pointed the camera behind me, you would have seen the Island of Portland.)

I say 'low quality' because good Portland Stone comes in huge blocks and is used for building grand buildings - like St Paul's Cathedral! I think after the Great Fire of London (in the seventeenth century) quite a lot of central London was rebuilt using Portland Stone.

(Incidentally, Christopher Wren, who designed St Paul's was, for a while, Member of Parliament for Portland.)

Portland Stone is quarried in big blocks and sliced for paving slabs but there are so many fossils embedded in it, it tends to fall to pieces if you cut it too small so bits like this are either tipped into the sea over the edge of the cliffs or used in hard core.

I've been waiting for better weather (blue skies and sunshine again!) to go over to Portland and take some photos there. It is an incredibly dramatic place.

I think I'd better do a LOOSE AND LEAFY post about rocks instead of branches soon too!


Lucy Corrander said...

Sorry, Sunita - 'Collected' is me with the wrong email box open!



Lucy Corrander said...

Jan - send a ship and I'll send you some rocks!


(P.S. - Well, I would if it weren't against the law!)

Sunita said...

Wow! Thats so interesting! What kind of fossils do you normally find in it? Seashells?
I love reading stuff like this and that link to the distant past gives me goosebumps !
Thanks, Lucy!

Lucy Corrander said...

I'll take some photos and I'll let you know when I'm posting them.

I'll try to include a cast of the big ammonite Esther has in her garden.

Sometimes, you get the fossilised creature itself but, sometimes, the rock splits, the creature falls out and you find the impression of where it was trapped when the mud turned to stone. That's the bit she's got . . . saved from where workmen were building a path!

I've got a small fragment of ammonite in may hand as I type (for no other reason than that I can tell you!). I found it further west from here and it has the remains of a sandier coloured stone than Portland on it.

Sometimes, these ammonite remains shine and look like gold (ish) because of iron pirites.

I'm reluctant to say what came from which rocks - but we often come across belamites along the coast too (they look like bullets!) and once, a fossilised, prehistoric shark's tooth!

There are a lot of fossilised oyster shells as well - but I can't see much difference between them and 'modern' oyster shells - which we also find around the beaches.

And in some places there are the remains of prehistoric forests (the clear remains of wide stumps of trees). I had been planning to re-visit one of these during the summer (at Lulworth - white cliff, chalky cliffs) but the easiest way for me to get there is by boat but the weather was too bad for several weeks, then, when the rain stopped and the wind dropped, the harbour master had taken the temporary jetty in for the winter.

When I look at your posts, Sunita, I tend to think how incredible it must be to live somewhere like Mumbai but, as I write this, I'm realising how interesting England can be too(from time to time!).

Presumeably India has some fossil rich places as well?


P.S. Richard - if you are reading this, are fossils studied much in Romania? said...

I just love your photos. You have an eye for capturing the simplicity and beauty of nature and industrial surfaces. Well done!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you, blogger from 'Peacefulones'!


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