Jewels of the Cretaceous

Due to my fondness for finding old bones and philosopher stones I present another attempt at Macro before the One Four Challenge this Sunday.  These were bathed in the morning sun and I added a slight radial blur to give a sense of time bursting.

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During the primeval days just as today, honey-like sap would sometimes bleed from tree bark, often trapping bits of vegetation and insects on it’s journey downward to the forest floor. It was eventually buried as the earth moved and reorganized herself through time. Nature’s alchemy slowly fossilized the resin. Amber is considered a semi precious biogenic stone (like pearl and ammolite) and has been mined through history from Syria to the Baltic and finally, the Dominican Republic.  It has been prized since pre Roman times.

Anyone lucky enough to find an amber piece that contains insect or other former living matter holds a tiny time capsule in their hands – a  little golden window into the mesozoic era where Mother Nature in a creative fervor, exploded into flowers and dinosaurs.

In myth, amber was believed to be the tears of the the sisters of Phaeton who had turned into poplar trees after his death. It was called electrum by the Greeks, which referred to the  “beaming sun.”

link to my  Time Traveler’s Rucksack

 

60 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice photo and an interesting read. Thanks for the historical facts.

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    1. you are most welcome!! Thank you for coming by !!!

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  2. Swoosieque says:

    Great job on the photography effect. And thank you for the interesting information about amber. I never really thought about how long it took for amber to turn into amber, nor did I know of the myth! 😉

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    1. So glad you enjoyed!! Thanks for the lovely comment!!

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  3. I just love amber. Each piece is so unique.

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  4. You’ve certainly made it look like the ‘beaming sun’ Cybele 🙂

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    1. I love amber!! It’s a warm stone in both colour and feel. Thanks so much Andrea!!

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  5. Peter Nena says:

    Awe-inspiring photo.

    The DNA used to to create the dinosaurs in The Jurassic Park was obtained from a prehistoric insect trapped in Amber.

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    1. Thank you!! a fascinating concept isn’t it Peter- and another wonderful one from Crichton!! I’m glad you liked this photo!!

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  6. lauramacky says:

    Pure magic! And I’d say you can drop the word “attempt”. This is so beautiful and a complete success!

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    1. Much appreciated Laura as you do wonderful work!! I’m happy you like it!!!Thank you!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome!!!

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  7. Awesome, Cybele. I love amber, and when it contains some kind of life preserved with its golden walls I feel privileged to be taken back in time.

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    1. Amber does that!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Debbie!!!

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  8. I like how you manage to give your every image a unique feel, your personal stamp. Lovely.

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    1. A lovely compliment Snow!! Thanks so much.

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  9. suej says:

    Marvellous image! And I love your words, and the responses (had me chuckling)

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    1. thanks Sue!! yes the responses sometimes are priceless!! It’s fun when something inspires other thoughts and ideas too.

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  10. Mélanie says:

    Belle Lune, merci for your post – a precious chunk of solar light… ❤

    I've always been fond of history and geography, and I love amber… last year, for my b'day, I was offered an amber necklace & bracelet, I wear them whenever I'am dressed in beige or brown… 🙂
    * * *
    good-night and have a bright sunny weekend! 🙂

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    1. Merci Melanie- amber is such a warm stone!! Thank you for your lovely comment!! 🙂 A toi aussi!!

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  11. Jeb says:

    This subject was the snare that got me hooked on the relationship between natural history/ science/ philosophy and folklore.

    I love it as its where all my motivation to study further and utterly change subject came from.

    Slime, resin, birdlime, star jelly. Some really wild ideas and crossover between popular/ elite culture, science/philosophy/folklore and sheer wondrous creative madness at the dawn of science in this area.

    Late 17th century is a real twilight zone on this one, traditional beliefs are being questioned but have yet to die, modern world is emerging but still a very uncertain path. Leads to a strange eclectic range of material in which the past the contemporary 17th century world and the future modern world all merge in a pleasing wobbly jelly like mess of uncertain form.

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    1. thank you so much Jeb for such a wonderful, poetic and informative comment. I see you have that same eclectic fire burning!

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      1. Jeb says:

        ” I see you have that same eclectic fire burning!”

        Thanks that was kind. Yes, as far as research goes I wish it would convert to writing up! All the fires seem to go out at this point, utterly. I have the opportunity to publish academically (get kind nudges by an editor of a journal repeatedly) but reluctant to do so and it really needs to go through the fire of testing.

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      2. Keep going! I think you write very well!!!!

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  12. Maria F. says:

    What a great synthesis of amber’s virtues and myths. You must be enjoying the 100mm Canon. It’s one of the sharpest lenses around.

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    1. oh I’m glad to hear that about the canon lens! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments Maria!!

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  13. Aquileana says:

    Stunning… It seems almost unbelievable that the photograph above is fossilized resin, also known as amber. Very nice, dear Cybele. Best wishes and happy weekend ahead!, Aquileana 😛
    ★ ⭐ ⭐ ★ ⭐ ⭐ ★ ⭐ ⭐ ★

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    1. Aquileana, Thank you!!! You may know that amber was thought to be the tears of the sisters of Phaeton who had turned into poplar trees. I thought I should add that after visiting your wonderful mythology posts.

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      1. Aquileana says:

        Thanks for adding that mythological fact, Cybele… Very accurate and well timed indeed. Love!, Aquileana 😀

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      2. I hoped you would like it!! you’re welcome and thank you too!!

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  14. Wow! A gorgeous photo. Amber is interesting, for sure! 🙂

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    1. I love amber!! It’s not only warm in colour but also to the touch!! Thank you Linda!!

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  15. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful shot – thanks for including tips as to how you processed it.

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    1. you are most welcome and thank you Suzanne!!

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  16. Amy says:

    I am totally in awe!

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    1. ahhwe!!! 😀 and me of yours!! Thank you!!!

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  17. Beautiful light and idea about using that radial blur. It’s neat effect.

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    1. thanks so much Circ!!

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  18. svtakeiteasy says:

    Your interest in palaeontology is coming through Cybele! Beautiful glowing image, very befitting processing, and a poetically worded and informative commentary. A real pleasure to read! Chris

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    1. it’s true- you mean it shows!!? lol. Thanks so much Chris!!!! Glad you enjoyed!!

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  19. sixpixx says:

    Damn, you know lots about different ‘stuff’. And, you always share interesting photos.

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    1. LOL!! my mom used to say I was an encyclopedia of useless knowledge! But I do have a thirst!! Thank you Six!!!
      I think I fancy myself a bit of a poetic scientist or some such nonsense!!

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      1. sixpixx says:

        Nice to see someone making links between the arts and the sciences 🙂

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      2. thanks Six- poetry and mathematics and mysticism!! The Dancing Wu Li Masters!!!

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      3. sixpixx says:

        So, I had to Google it… And now I have a head ache

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      4. oh no!! I don’t blame you It is an interesting read but a bit of a wade!! – and I’ve been known to give people headaches myself.

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  20. smilingtoad says:

    Enchantingly beautiful. Superb shot. “and a little golden window into the mesozoic era” Such beautiful poetry in its truth. Superb post. Cheers,

    Autumn Jade

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    1. and I always press the publish button before I’m done lol. I need to proofread and go over things. I often revise my stories after I have posted them! Arghhh I have an impulse control issue. 😀 Even in replies to messages I often ad PS’s. Thank you!!!

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      1. smilingtoad says:

        I write myriads of PS’s as well, always sending my first comment too soon, and the same with posts. Har har. 😀

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      2. a girl after my own heart!!

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      3. smilingtoad says:

        It is far too fun chatting with you, dune mouse. 😀

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      4. smilingtoad says:

        P.S. Love “a little golden window into the mesozoic era where Mother Nature in a creative fervor, exploded into flowers and dinosaurs,” even more. Stunning. Well done. Superb entry.

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      5. thanks so much Autumn- I am an amateur paleontogist- We have a beautiful island here that is full of cretaceous history and sea monsters of that era!!!

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      6. smilingtoad says:

        Absolutely brilliant!! Superbly exciting. I look forward to learning much more about it via your blog. Beautiful.

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      7. TY!! 🙂 ( I’m a bit slow on the responses today!!)

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    2. Here come a PS: – for cretaceous travels on the island It’s quite wonderful up island. https://cybeleshineblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/the-time-travelers-rucksack/

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      1. smilingtoad says:

        A trip I must make some day. Incredible!

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