Wednesday, January 15, 2014

reconnect with nature....a handful of treasures

Prehistoric mano, used for grinding corn, grains, ect.

 Petrified wood.
 The road.
 An owl pellet, chock full of bones.
 A prehistoric potshard.
Final count:
 Five pieces of petrified wood. 
One potshard, approximately 800 years old.
One mano, same age.
One raven feather.
And one owl pellet.

Not too bad for a morning on the mesa.


Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

14 comments:

  1. Hey desert dweller, you sure know your shards and corn grinders!
    How fun, to hike around the red dirt mesa and come home with pockets of treasures to analyze.
    Very cool, sister of cactus land.

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    1. When I was a kid, all I wanted was to be an archaeologist. It amazes me that I grew up (sort of) to walk among the ruins of prehistoric culture....right here in the good old USA!
      I love it, sister of the prairie!
      xx

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  2. Such treasures to be found. I have never seen an owl pellet before or maybe I have and never knew what it was. We have owls but to catch a glimpse is a rare thing. Just imagine the person,800 years ago putting that mano down (probably a woman) and fully expecting to pick it up again. I am envious of that beautiful jeweled blue sky - we are in the grey dull winter days with another snow storm brewing.

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    1. It was prairiegirl who taught me about owl pellets with a post she wrote about dissecting them. Check out my flickr account to see what I found inside the pellet.
      I can't begin to imagine how hard life was when that mano was in use. Life was all about survival.
      We're looking at 60 degree temps this weekend....sending you some warm, sunny thoughts!
      xx

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  3. archaeology and natural sciences are fascinating, so much to discover about our world when you know the clues to look for, thanks for sharing your finds

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    1. The world is one big classroom without walls....I feel I never stop learning, never stop discovering how amazing it is. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Awesome finds! You're really showing off your bio-region. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, sweetie! Guess I am becoming the natural history ambassador of New Mexico. Glad you're enjoying my finds!

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  5. How blessed are you to live in such a beautiful part of the world!!!! You are gifted these beautiful pieces of nature because you truly appreciate them and the Universe knows this. So very special!!!! I've missed reading your posts and looking at your incredible photos!!! xo

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    1. Missed you too!! We've been having a great old time hiking the west mesa and discovering its treasures. And it's true, I do thank the Universe every time I'm given one of these gifts from the mesa! xoxo

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  6. Great post Julie, thanks for continuing to participate in the link up.
    Shows what you can find when you train your eye and pay attention. I wonder how many people would have walked the same path and not found anything?
    I love the pellet. Most raptors, and a lot of other birds will bring them up too. I once went to a bird of prey training day and they had a range of pellets there on display. Our job was to guess what they had eaten !! Not everyone's cup of tea, l know....but really very interesting.

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    1. Glad to be a part of the link up. I love sharing and learning from others!
      I often wonder the same thing....how many have walked right past these treasures, or do some not consider them treasures at all? To me, they're gifts from nature and from the past. Everything I find sends me on a path of learning and respect for the earth. The pellets are fascinating! Found another one a few days ago....I will be dissecting it soon!

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    2. Cracks me up that we're here talking about owl pellets ;) oh we're a different kettle of fish huh?

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    3. We sure are! Who would have thought that pellets could be so interesting? Check out my Flickr photos....I have a shot of the contents of the pellet after I dissected it. Good stuff! ;)

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