To start off, it was nearly 60 degrees here today. Amazing sunshine and a warm breeze beckoned me to enjoy the day by heading into the Nature Preserve for a few minutes. Those few minutes turned out to be absolutely amazing. Heading into the preserve, I captured this little guy, a cedar waxwing. He allowed me to come very near as he was eating berries to snap this photo. Honestly, I do not recall seeing a cedar waxwing before, and definitely never approached to so short a distance.
I also made another interesting discovery. Finding old junk in parks is common, kind of disappointing, but great material for photography.
After a bit of research on my part, it looks like this was an old Citroen
But after a little while of walking around, I decided to head back. On my return route, a rock caught my eye. I walked past, but did a double take. It had an interesting stain. On closer inspection, I had found something I have been searching for ever since I became interested in fossils: it is an impression of a fern. It was a Percopteris Fern fossil, which died and made an carbon-copy type impression on the rock. This type of fern was alive 250-300 million years ago. Leaves, which have fallen into the mud at the bottom of a lake, may leave behind carbon films and impressions that are preserved as the mud slowly turns into rock. Now, plant fossils are not like the little brachiopods and trilobites you find in sedimentary stone. They are much rarer because more often than not, the criteria for creating a lasting impression or copy of a plant were not fulfilled. Well, naturally I had to have this in my collection, so I lugged it back to my room. The day was short, but great nonetheless.