I’ve been a little slow uploading the photos from the past two weekends, but here are some of the recent shots that turned out halfway decent, both from my brief (and disappointing) trip to the site where the first known Hadrosaurus was discovered and my camping trip with Tracey this weekend.
Plaques commemorating the (near) site of discovery of Hadrosaurus foulkii, sitting about three feet from the curb down a dead-end suburban street. The streambed below is full of trash, and sprawl has seemingly covered up the actual site of discovery.
An “altar” of toy dinosaurs near the plaques. Tracey said that I should bring a “sacrifice” the next time I visit in order to ensure success in fossil hunting.
And now on to photos from this weekend…
On our way back down the trail, Tracey and I happened across a very large Black Rat snake.
We also saw a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, which we had scared off it’s lunch (pictured above). The frog leg was still twitching when we saw it, so it must have been caught shortly beforehand. In fact, we saw many juvenile red-tails in the forest over the weekend, and I wonder why the juveniles seem to live in the forest, often flying between the trees.
Near the top of the mountain, the Turkey Vultures were very close overhead…
… sometimes skimming right over the tops of the trees going between thermals.
Reading up on baby dinosaurs. Notice how small the “two person” tent is.
The comics section of the Rutgers newspaper, The Daily Targum, provided excellent fire-starting material.
Making tools, in this case skewers, like a good hominid.
Bones of the small mammal we found (one half of the lower jaw, a rib, a leg bone, a molar, and a canine). I haven’t had time to positively identify it yet, but I’ll write more about it when I have time to look at all the bits again.
And as with all good picture posts, a shot of the cats is needed to close things off…
Bea (left) and Charlotte (right) apparently like mint chocolate chip ice cream.