Labradorite

A rather lovely feldspar mineral – Labradorite. One of my favourites and it’s not hard to see why. In the sunshine it looks magnificent.

(c) K Wicks

Fossil Friday – Eocene Period Fish

It’s been really exiting over the last few years to actually indulge in my passion for geology and fossils. This one was a gift a few birthdays ago and has pride of place in my collection. And funny enough being a herring type, reminds of a song we used to sing in primary school and I still remember the words, My Jolly Herring. Oddly I have sung it to myself a number of times over the years as I remember it being rather a, well, jolly song. Despite what happened to the herring.

(c) K Wicks

Mosasaurus jaw

This is part of my fossil collection. The teeth have been inset into a plaster jaw to show what it would have looked like, so only partially a fossil really. But still I love it. One of the aquatic reptiles, the mosasaurs apparently lived between 82 – 66 million years ago and was said to be larger than the megalodon! Their remains were first discover in 1764 in the Netherlands while chalk quarrying. Amazing to think how much history and awesome things are hidden beneath our feet, lots of them found only through industry and destruction of what is there is now – so it’s hard to decide if things should be left or we should be looking? Some of them though will never to be discovered. Funny to think how many times we may have started digging, not knowing that two foot to the left there was something incredible…

(c) K Wicks

Megalodon

Despite my overwhelming and sometimes irrational fear of sharks as a child (thanks Jaws), I am fascinated by them, current and past. I guess I thought if I learnt about them then I would be less fearful. I am not less fearful at all, they are fantastic killing machines when that is their purpose, so I determined I should be fearful. If I am in the sea of course.

I did continue to watch the other Jaws films, deep blue sea and of course The Meg. I drew the line at watching The Shallows though, just the synopsis increased my heart rate to uncomfortable. My imagination was enough there, didn’t need to see it (thanks Hyperphantasia!). I am in awe though of the idea and reality of the Megalodon, the sheer size of it and to think it was potentially as abundant as other sharks are today. It really is a monster of the past, vastly scaled down for our time in the sharks we have today, but luckily we are left with the teeth as a reminder of what used to lurk in the deep.

I have two different Megalodon teeth in my fossil collection which are two smaller ones.

Megalodon tooth 1
Megalodon tooth 1

(c) K Wicks

Found a geode

Fossil hunting was something I had always wanted to do and it wasn’t until mid 30’s I got round to it. For my birthday my husband took me on holiday to the Jurassic coast, where despite the choppy weather we took to the beach. It was Spring so not too choppy, but not calm or warm by any stretch.

There were a couple of great finds that day and one of them was finding a massive geode. I didn’t think I would ever get to see a real one in situ. I have an ornamental one my husband gifted me which is marvelous and polished up all nicely. But this one was sharp, gnarly and where it was mean to be. I was overjoyed. Only one problem, in the stone it was unbelievably heavy so would not be coming with.

Geode on the beach

A small piece was taken instead as a keepsake, so I can touch a piece of the geode we discovered thinking just maybe mine are the only human hands to have ever touched that piece.

Keepsake piece

I will also share the lovely amethyst one I have because it’s still one of my favourites. In fact I think they are all my favourite, it’s hard to choose when you see the beauty in so many things.

Amethyst Geode

(c) K Wicks