This is the worst job I have to do every spring - dread cleaning out the goldfish pond. While still too cold to climb into the foulest, stinkiest water you've ever seen, I am trying to clean it out with a swimming pool net and pole. I will have to get in soon though, before the snakes come out of hibernation. Be that as it may, it doesn't take long before my mind begins to wander to the fossils I have placed around the pond.
Oklahoma used to be covered by an ocean, which mildly disturbs me, but because of said ocean, I find many fossils in limestone around here. I've said give me a fossil over diamonds and watches, jewelry that I do not wear (though I do love a Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra necklace in turquoise). Above is a fern leaf and shell creature encased in limestone.
A tree trunk millions of years old. Guess it grew when the ocean receded or inundation.
Don't know what the heck this is, but perhaps a tubeworm of some kind.
My favorite though is this fish or sea serpent. The head is on the right and the rest of the fossil curves up to the top of the rock. Notice all the bones and plant life scattered around.
Well, I better get back to the pond scum. At least I found something to break up the chore.