Before going to school in Indiana and on my summer breaks I spend time back home in Kenosha, WI. Lake Michigan is about 3 miles from our house here and my mom and I often take walks at the lake to talk and collect beach glass. Another favorite item of mine to collect are fossils. Many of which are easy to find. The small plant-like fossils, (“indian beads” I’ve heard them called), are all over the beach. I also lived in Omaha, NE for six years and enjoyed doing fossil digging there. There’s something about holding something that’s from the past that is so interesting to me. Who knows, some of these fossils could be millions of years old.
These thoughts of the past also influence my artwork. I’m very interested in connecting the past to the present and incorporating that into my work more. One fossil that I have really enjoyed finding is that of a clam. At least I think it’s a clam. Not sure. I have a fossil book downstairs, I will have to investigate. On my first visit back to the beach after graduation, I was able to find another one!
I’m so excited to find little discoveries like this, it’s what keeps life interesting. As I dug this one out, I was excited to find this one had an added detail that made it all the more interesting. Each of these fossils reminded me of how much attention God pays to the little things. And how much of a wonderful creator He is. He’s the ultimate artist in the way He creates the earth around us.
Here is my collection of fossils, (minus my jar of fossils from Nebraska, which seems to have gone missing…), but mainly of the clams from the lake, and a few bigger pieces of plant-life. Also, photography really isn’t my thing, I’m trying to learn it to resource as an illustrator and that’s about it, so bear with me please.
So here is the family of “clams” I’ve found so far. I have large, medium, and small. The little ones are smaller than a dime.
Next, here’s a close-up of one of the largest “clams” I have.
And…Here is the new one! Can you tell what’s unique about it?
It has these amazing crystals. How cool is that? God’s creation and how He developed pressure and time to work together has created something fascinating for me to find many years later.