More Fossils in the Desert

Another motivation to go to “The Twisting Staircase” again was that near its end, one can climb out and is in or on a wonderland of fossils, instantly.

On my first visit (when we left the big cameras behind) I only had my cellphone and the photos didn’t really work for me. The reason is that you can’t stop down the lens(es) on the phone. Up close, the depth of field is not enough to have everything in focus, and at the same time it’s too much for that look with a very shallow depth of field (not that I’d find it desirable for this kind of photo anyway)…

So here are some more fossils and I’m showing them not for their fantastic artistic quality ;) but because this kind of thing simply fascinates me — and somewhat unexpectedly too, I might add.

In a way, finding these relics of a distant and, geologically speaking, entirely different past is an experience not unlike hiking itself, in mountain and desert landscapes alike: a humbling reminder of one’s own rather insignificant existence in the vast ocean of time.

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5 thoughts on “More Fossils in the Desert”

  1. I love these and really enjoyed looking through them. Like you, I’d be absolutely fascinated finding these and all the thoughts they’d spark. In a somewhat related way, I’ve been photographing remains of older human settlement and activity in one of the parks I’ve been visiting. Not great photos but I’m pulled into capturing whatever I find. And what I find isn’t nearly as old as these fossils, but it sparks somewhat similar thoughts, imagining the area looking completely differently than it does now and all that’s come before. But these fossils take all that to the next level where you can truly look at our place in the scheme of life, and what humbling thoughts those are. Thanks much for sharing these, Alex.

    • I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed those, thank you Todd! I guess for the same reason that you enjoy finding and photographing the remains of old human settlements, I also enjoy browsing old maps. GaiaGPS, the app and web service that I use for planning and logging, has historic 1900s map overlays and I could spend hours just scrolling around in our area. :)


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