Sunday, January 26, 2014

California 1983

On a geology field trip in April 1983 led by Dr. Myron G. Best and myself I dug out these old pictures. Some of the old 35 mm slides are still pretty nice.

 Green hills of the Coast Range looking out over the San Jose valley.

 Tiburon Peninsula on a rainy April day with the occasional blueschist or greywacke knocker poking up through the grass.

Early morning along the Merced River gorge outside of Yosemite.

Agmatite – a mass of rock thought to represent the collapsed roof of a magma chamber.

 Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite Valley in the morning light.

Another example of agamite with numerous inclusions of different types in the granite matrix. Located along the Merced River gorge near Yosemite National Park.

Landslide on road west of Yosemite. The spring of 1983 was one of the wettest the west had seen in over 100 years causing many landslides.

The beautiful U-shaped, glaciated Yosemite valley.

Flow layering and folding in the rhyolite lava flows near Mono Lake, California near Mammoth, California.

Sedimentary dikes cutting across tuff layers near Mono Lake.

More of the flow folded rhyolite lava. Just spectacular.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Backyard Bird Feeder

Goldfinches and house finches clamor for the last of the seed in the feeder outside our kitchen window in December 2013.