Friday, 8 May 2009

Camera Critters - Into The Desert ...



Camera Critters


Starring, Meesha, the intrepid fossil hunter and a couple of fish and some clams ..(you can click on any of the photos to enlarge)


" Mum, that's a lot of desert out there ! Are you really thinking we can find some fossils?? "


" I'm a hunting high and low, Mum. Running hither and thither. I'll find them fossils, you just see if I don't !! "


" MUM, MUM ... FOLLOW ME, I FOUND SOME !! "


" When you said you were going to find fish, Mum, I wasn't picturing this !! "


" I'd break my teeth trying to eat that fish, Mum !! "


" Hey, Mum ... those clams would make great chew toys ! "

Last Saturday, we spent the day, looking for fossils in the bed of what was, many thousands of years ago, ancient Lake Lahontan.

You can read a little about Lake Lahontan here

It's quite an incredible feeling to be holding in your hands, the fossils of creatures that lived 9000 or more years ago. I'm pretty sure that the fish fossils are Nevada Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus Doryssus). In the second photo, it looks as though the fish had been eaten by a large clam.

The third photo shows three of the clams that I found. The large one, in particular, has a lot of detail. I'm going to try cleaning it up a little with sandpaper.

Meesha, as can be seen by the photos, had quite a ball and actually found at least one clam. :-)

Now go to CAMERA CRITTERS and join in the fun.

48 comments:

Juliana RW said...

wow...cool you a fossils ;)

My entry this week: in HERE. I hope that you can stop by as well. Thanks

Martha (FL) said...

That must be an amazing place. Love your finds, and you puppy!

My Camera Criiters.

Snap said...

What fun! Meesha is a cutie and quite a little fossil hunter. Looks like quite a productive adventure!

Indrani said...

That is a precious collection. I have seen fossils only in museums.

Bruce said...

What a fun adventure Meesha! Too bad the fish were too old to eat:(

Sharon said...

A very beautiful place to explore.

srp said...

This looks like a lot of fun... and the pup looks very pleased with himself to have helped find that fossil!

Ladynred said...

That must a lot of fun for Meesha hunting for fossils. she is a cutie.
Happy Mother's Day!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

What an amazing series of photos!! I love the sky in that first one, and the fossil shots are wonderful. Your dog sure is cute!

VALKYRIEN said...

You have a clever dog! A very pretty dog as well! Lovely story!

Martha said...

How cool! Love your dog too :-)

Tammy said...

That is so cool!

marina said...

oh mu gosh: incredible and very cool!!
And Meesha is adorable!

Coca Cutie said...

Wow
a critter, a beeautiful sky shot, a fossil and an adventure!

b13 said...

Lucky you!!! Great fossil finds!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Karen

Meesha is lovely!
She is a such a wonderful hunter!Very smart and soooo cute!
My mommy Léia loved your blog.It is very cool!Many thanks for so kind visit in Luna's blog!You are so gentle.
purrs from Brazil

Luna and mommy Léia

Tricia said...

Beautiful photos - I love that 1st shot, I love the sky like that!

Kendris said...

Great pictures; wonderful detail on the fossils, and Meesha looked to be having a ball!

David said...

great trip- good post

Staci said...

This is amazing! What an adventure Meesha was on!

Oskar said...

Meesha, that looks like an awesome fun time. I hope you found some real fish bits to eat!

Sue said...

Wow that's cool. That would be interesting to find those fossils. Meesha seems like she had fun too.

Vicky said...

interesting post,Messha is very cute in the 3rd photo.

have a great week.

Mattyboy said...

That looks like an incredible experience. Your pup has an amazing nose to be able to sniff out a fish like that.

Mamapippa said...

Very beautiful !

Janie said...

Meesha's a cute little fossil hunter. The two of you came up with some great finds!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this interesting post! Fossils inspire me always. To think that these creatures lived long before we were born and still be there when we are no longer here!
Thanks for sharing!

John Deere Mom said...

What a great experience. Those are so awesome!

Tina said...

i never knew you could do this. i always thought the fossils would all be collected up by scientists.

very nice !

Melissa B. said...

What a great deal of fun y'all had! I love going on treasure hunts...and fossils are just so cool, don't you think? Hope Mum's Day is lovely out your way. I'm celebrating by cleaning the screen porch, trimming plants that are seriously about to turn into mammoth tangles of growth because of recent heavy rains, and, of course, hosting my weekly Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. Please stop by, if you have a chance!

fishing guy said...

Karen: What wonderful finds as you traveled back through time.

LadyBanana said...

Lovely doggy! I really like the 3rd pic down :)

storyteller said...

WOW ... what a fossil finder! Loved the series ... the clouds in the first would be perfect for Sky Watch too. Happy Mother's Day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Julie said...

Awesome photos! Meesha is so adorable :)

i beati said...

meesha the anthropologist sweet sandy

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Great finds, fossils are fascinating. It looked like Meesha had fun as well. :-)

ROSIDAH said...

Ow, what a wonderful post! It must be an incredible feeling walking in the bed of ancient Lake Lahontan. I felt very excited just by looking at your photos. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week and happy mother's day :)

Grace and Bradley said...

I can image how much fun Meesha had with the fossil hunt, you must also. Thanks for visiting out blog and comment.

Gattina said...

Meesha the fossil hunter ! what a useful (and cute) dog you have. The first picture you could also use for skywatch, what a sky ! I would love to look for fossils there too, it's an interesting place !

magiceye said...

wonderful post!

Ria said...

i especially love the first one...i wish i could let my bubba saunter around freely like that, but i live in the city.

Willard said...

A beautiful place to explore and it worked well to incorporate your pet into the story.

Ninnu, Finland said...

I am speechless! Fossils!

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

KB said...

Fossils - coooollllllll!

Nice dog too.

koala said...

Cute little fur ball and such helpful!

Denise said...

What an adorable little dog you have there, and that looks like an incredible place to visit. Enjoyed your photos very much.

Mrs4444 said...

very, very cool!!

Manz said...

Meesha has such a beautiful face!! So adorable...

What a day you had.

Loved this post - it's a great mix of photos with interesting content.