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Devonian Fossils


Imagine having ancient fossils in your own backyard. Henry Domke is the lucky person and has captured their variety and beauty in gorgeous photographs in his Devonian Fossils album. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy them.

The body of water that the fossils are found in is called Hiller's Creek, in central Missouri, USA. He has kindly allowed me to feature a couple of his photos here. Learn more about this multi-talented man from his websites:

Henry Domke
Health Care Fine Art
Prairie Garden Trust


Thank you, Henry, for sharing these amazing images of nature's art, what riches! A special thanks also to faithful reader Bill Knight for pointing me to Henry Domke's photos, saying: "They're Devonian.  The most common fossil is a type of Hexagonia Coral, the same genera that makes up the fossils known as Petoskey stones." Bill has frequently contributed blog ideas to me over the years, he really should be a blogger too!

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Marja-Leena | 21/04/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology


Extraordinary images. The second one looks like the back of a nude, strangely juxtaposing feelings of soft flesh with hard stone. Reminds me of the photos of Bill Brandt.

Marja-Leena, it's great to bounce things (rocks usually!) off of you. They return manifold, my interest whetted.

Wow - these are beautiful photographs. I wrote a post some months ago about 2009 as the mineral year, according to some shamanistic theory, and these brought that idea back to mind. Thank you for the beauty and inspiration, as always!

Never-before-seen (by me, anyway) beauty! I visited his sites, as suggested, and was rewarded with even more breath-taking images. Fine work, indeed!

Thank you, Marja-leena, for the links.

Olga, I thought of a nude too, in that second photo. Must look up this Brandt...

Bill, yes, and isn't the net great for bouncing!?

Lainie, the connection to the mineral year is most interesting! Glad you enjoyed.

Martha, yes, great stuff, isn't it?! Glad you liked it.

The top one evokes the skin of the croc that has figured in the Lucy/Plutarch poetic exchanges. I should add I'm a croc/rock fan (and now can't stop trying to rhyme).

Yup, I saw the reclining nude, too. The top is more like a handprint. Wonderful.

BB, yes, it does look like crocodile skin, and it's kinda neat that it was also a recent subject in Joe and Lucy's Questions (in case readers want to check it out). And it's great that you've been inspired to write poetry too.

Leslee, a handprint? Yes, I see that now!

I wonder if the fossils in the top photo are trilobites. There is a book by Richard Fortey which I read some years ago devoted to these very signficant creatures in the evolutionary chain. They are considered important because they are probably the first animals to have possessed eyes.

How is it that something so very old strikes the eye as new and noteworthy?

Joe, my knowledge is embarrassingly limited on fossil names, I just love their looks!

Rouchswalwe, such very old things make me feel small, like a speck of dust in time. Something so well preserved as these fossils being there for us to admire thousands of years later is pretty awesome.