So, why another blog, and why a blog about geology and photography? Aren’t there enough blogs in the world already?
Well, like it pretty much says at the top of the page, a picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes you need words to tell the story of the picture.
Take this one, for instance – you wouldn’t know from the photo but it was at the start of an adventure and the start of a new career. It was my first field trip as a student, doing a science foundation course that I hoped would lead to a career as a biologist or ecologist. Little did I know that by the end of the year I would be hooked on Earth Science and changing tack towards a geosciences degree. What you can’t see from the photo is that the quarry was an absolute suntrap and that after taking the said photo I promptly retreated to the shade and sat on a rocky ledge fanning myself with my notebook while I was trying to take in all I was learning that day. You also won't see from the photo that the 'bird poo' you can just about make out in the photo is artfully faked, so we were gleefully informed, with white paint for a wildlife documentary!
Oh – and for those who are interested: The photo shows an exposure of cross-stratified sandstone, dating back to the Cretaceous Period, in a disused quarry at the HQ of the RSPB in Sandy, Bedfordshire. It was taken on a very cheap APS camera with a plastic lens so I'm really impressed that it came out as well as it did.
All in all, it seems an appropriate picture to post at the start of a new blog. I hope that some of the photos I post and stories I tell will interest you. Some may amuse you, and some may even spark a new-found interest in you.