Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Part of a dinosaur leg bone fossil imbedded in a large rock face.  There also appears to be clam fossils along the lower right side of the bone.  (See the hand at the top right corner for perspective on size.)

Part of a dinosaur leg bone fossil imbedded in a large rock face. There also appears to be clam fossils along the lower right side of the bone. (See the hand at the top right corner for perspective on size.)

150 million year old fossilized clam shells imbedded in a large rock face.  (I hope hubby is not upset that I didn't get a model release for his fingers!)

150 million year old fossilized clam shells imbedded in a large rock face. (I hope hubby is not upset that I didn’t get a model release for his fingers!)

Dinosaur National Monument, located on the border between northeast Utah, USA and northwest Colorado, USA, is the only national park area set up to protect a historic dinosaur quarry.  It is one of the world’s best windows into the late Jurassic period and is home to an amazing display of fossils from this era.  The vast diversity of plant and animal fossils found there helps reveal its ancient environment.  (Click here to see my previous post on this monument.)

Along the park’s Fossil Discovery Trail, one can view a few large dinosaur bones and bone fragments that are imbedded in the rock face along the Morrison Formation spur trail.  These dinosaurs lived approximately 150 million years ago.  Approximately 163 million years ago, the area was an ocean environment.  If you look carefully, you can find small clam-like fossils and one-hundred-million-year-old fish scales!

One could definitely get lost in the detail looking at both large and small fossils imbedded in these large rock faces.  Fascinating to realize how ancient the remains are!

Sign at the beginning of the trail.

Sign at the beginning of the trail.

Morrison Formation spur trail at Dinosaur National Monument

Morrison Formation spur trail at Dinosaur National Monument

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a photo that means Lost in the Details to you.  (This challenge is about getting lost in the details. Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene.)

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56 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

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  2. Thanks for sharing.
    Must be a fascinating area to walk around. I always get lost in details, so would probably fall over, or off, the mountain.

    • LOL – I know what you mean! Those with our health issues need to be even more careful about maintaining our stability in these tricky areas, in addition to getting lost in the details. Gratefully, I had hubby to help. Yes, it is fascinating. If you like fossils, I think you would really enjoy this park.

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  6. Fabulous and fascinating pictures! Almost too difficult to comprehend it all! And very easy to get lost in the detail! 🙂

    I have just finished a historical novel called “Remarkable Creatures” combining fact with fiction about collecting large fossils and their eventual placement in museums. There were many arguments as to who fiirst saw them and therefore who “owned”them!

    Love Christine xx

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