Back in the late 60s, my photography was limited to a cheap Polaroid Model 3000 "Big Swinger." Its $19.95 price tag in the 60s is equivalent to $155 in 2017. This was the first Polaroid "roll film" to develop outside the camera. I remember having to use a smelly little fixer wand to smear some sort of preservative across the black & white shots. Now, in 2018, I'm finding a lot of nasty little sepia streaks on the snapshots where I missed applying the fixer.
Since there was no date on the film, I can only guess at the year that this shot was taken. My guess is that it's from 1969, when I was still living downtown in the village of Bath, NY. A year or two later, my family moved up to the top of Mossy Bank, where we had built a ranch-style house on land originally belonging to my grandfather.
You can see my nerdy self holding a rock hammer. The hammer is a hint that I was a high school freshman at the time, because that's the year that I took earth science. There are a couple of other Polaroid shots waiting to dry below my butt.
I'm on the cliff face below the overlook at Mossy Bank park, sitting in front of a small cave that used to be visible from the village below. I'm not sure if that little cave is still there any more.
The band of softer rock behind me was a bed of fossil calamite casts, which have a vertical ribbing and a bamboo-like appearance. As fossils go, these were pretty boring, but if you wanted to find any, this was the place to look.
By the way, the man-size granite boulder on the Mossy Bank Park web page...
glacial erratic, rolled and rounded by a continental glacier that swept over the area, probably during the last ice age. That cliff where I sat for the picture was also created when a glacier plowed up against it.
I'm still an earth science nerd.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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