We are on vacation in California, staying with friends in Lafayette. At least we are as I write this. By the time you read it, we'll be home. While my daughter slept in this morning, I got out for a sunrise hike at Mount Diablo.
This was one of my favorite hiking areas when I lived here in the East Bay. This morning I found some great fossil deposits, made up of shells from the Miocene (6-10 million years old). Apparently, this current mountain peak is a geologic "plug," pushed up from the ancient sea bottom. Nearby, in a quarry, many Miocene mammal fossils have been found, including mastodons, wolves, and camels. Interesting stuff.
This little TS3 is really handy. Both of these images are straight from the camera.