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Little Blue Rabbit

June 7th, 2006

Skiatook Lake

Oklahoma

 

    Let's put a bit of background in first. David Dobson emailed from Dallas back around the first part of May and told me he was planning a business trip this month to Tulsa. David is always looking for a place to hunt rocks, and an opportunity. Of course I could not say no, seeing as I'm much the same! I let David know that I should be available for at least a few hours, and the remainder of the time I could make arrangements for Floyd Speck to show him a couple of spots as well.

    David called from the road on the 6th of June to tell me he was in town. Unfortunately I had prior obligations for the evening, so I hooked him up with Floyd to go look for fossil ferns and the like at a couple of localities west of town. I also made a commitment to be available the following afternoon. The areas that Floyd and David checked out on the 6th produced only minimal ferns, and another locality produced a few nice Trespospira Depressa Gastropods, and some miscellaneous marine fossils and concretions.

    The following afternoon I met David near the collecting area at Skiatook lake around 3:30 pm. the area is readily accessible due to a planned development project on the cove where we would be collecting. I'm not sure of the disposition of the shoreline's future, but at least part of it is going to end up lost to the construction sometime in the near future. There are many large rocks which readily split to reveal numerous well-preserved marine fossils that include various brachiopod species from productids to spiriferids, conularids, gastropods, cephalopods, crinoids (several fairly intact calyx heads have been found here), and many other unusual marine fossils. They are so plentiful, that every rock you pick up or turn over is a potential monument of ancient marine ecosystems. There are numerous well preserved bryozoa species here, large branching ones to multiple fans several inches to a foot or more. I will definitely be recovering some larger slabs of un-weathered fossils from here, as the fossils are harder than the matrix, there is the potential to retrieve some fantastic specimens before the construction buries them from sight for another lifetime.

A view of the small arm of the cove where the development is taking place.

It looks like there will be a waterfall here.

A view of some of the fossil bearing strata along the shoreline.

David Dobson preparing to trim a rock... By slamming it on the other rocks!

Partially weathered bedrock - A fossiliferous, shaley limestone.

Just a few of the many fossils that can be found.

A weathered Cephalopod

Same slab, a veritable hash of fossils.

My find of the day. A wonderful Crinoid stem with attached branching arm. The main stem is nearly eight inches long.

By now you probably are wondering about the title of this little Exposť. It seems that while we were collecting, we were being watched! Ever have that feeling that eyes are upon you even though you can't see anyone around? That little uneasy, hair on the back of your neck stand up feeling? Well, I finally caught the culprit! A little blue rabbit! Yep, a little blue rabbit... At first he was hiding behind a hay bale, but he soon got too bold and ventured out when he thought I was off down the shoreline. Little did he know, I circled around and was waiting for him! Imagine the look on his face! Can't imagine? How about a picture to help you out?

Does he look surprised or what?

 

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