Farm Life, More Fossiles in the Garden

P1040515Spring is planting season.  Planting season, for new areas outside the established gardens, requires digging holes.  This winter we cut some trees down along the driveway, to split for firewood.  We wanted to replanted smaller fruit trees in their place.  That required digging holes.  Digging holes means digging up rocks.  

P1040514As we always have projects for rocks, this means collecting the rocks and moving them somewhere else, and replacing compost into the holes that the rocks had once occupied.  As long as we are collecting rocks from the holes, we look for rocks that happened to be scattered on the ground.

There I found this rock.  Another fossil appeared.  This time, rather than the fern stems that I found a couple of years ago, this fossil has well-formed scallop shells.  Ferns grow in marshy, muddy areas, fossilized in shale.  Scallop shells could be either fresh or salt water.  These are in sandstone.  Beach front property?


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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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4 Responses to Farm Life, More Fossiles in the Garden

  1. Magnificent! It really makes you appreciate how old the earth is, especially when you dig up the evidence in your own back yard.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      We are fortunately that “developers” did not strip our property of top-soil before building and selling us the property. We just bought a lot of acres of woods. I’ll let you know what else I stumble upon.

  2. Hmmm…. they are like works of art. Stone sculptures. How fortunate that you found them.

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