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A plant fossil.

January 26, 2013


Sitting in front of my sunny snowy studio window and contemplating this Alethopteris sullivanti. How long ago an impression was made… and the thing which caused it is long gone. Forever fossilized. Someone could look at this and think it was just an old rock. I look at it and see an amazing story.

I think of the beating this rock has taken…

how many times it has been kicked to the side…

how many times it was stepped on.

My fingerprint rubs up against this rock and I connect with a garden from long ago which contained a plant that never was consumed only immortalized forever.


This little Alethopteris lays quietly tone on tone .

It is not shiny like an agate or fiery like an opal.

It doesn’t have the same brilliance of color like the amethysts which catch the light on my windowsill.

But I run my thumb over the little leaves and think again…never consumed only immortalized.

~ sharing with Jennifer at StudioJRU and PPF.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2013 6:33 pm

    Love your painting of the fossil!! I always get so excited when I find a fossil and wonder what it’s story is and how it came to be layered between the rocks leaving it’s finial impression,

  2. January 26, 2013 6:40 pm

    Wow this is so cool!! Very nice print the fossil made!!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. January 26, 2013 8:31 pm

    Two awesome s! Real fossil and your painting! From one who has hunted and unearthed a few fossils herself!

    • January 27, 2013 7:43 am

      oh wow cool! My great grandfather was an avid rock hound. His whole house was filled with things collected from all over.

  4. January 27, 2013 10:57 am

    Buenos fieldwork and research.. Saludos

  5. studiojru permalink
    January 27, 2013 5:32 pm

    Oh this is so beautiful and amazing and fascinating! I think plant fossils are gorgeous. Did you find this one yourself? I would love find one so beautiful! xo

    • January 27, 2013 6:34 pm

      This one was recently gifted to me.. but I have ones my great grandfather found. Actually there is a place very near me that these are readily available.

  6. Stacey Campbell permalink
    January 30, 2013 12:34 am

    You are such a gifted writer. I love the way you think!!
    Brilliant and beautiful and thought-provoking.

    • January 30, 2013 7:25 am

      Good Morning and Thank you for your compliment. So good when you drop by! I did think about this Alethoptris a long time before actually writing about it.

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