Tuesday, February 26, 2008

St. Francois Knobs and Basins

A cold day with warm, lively conversation deep in the structural center of the Ozark dome. Billion-year-old Precambrian igneous rocks, exposed through millions of years of upper sedimentary strata erosion prove resistant to the forces of wind and water. Dull red granite and rhyolite boulders create little shut-ins, narrow constrictions that form gorges in streams. Bright green lichens (pictured: Usnea strigosa) and mosses punctuated an otherwise wintry landscape. The steep igneous-based slopes reveal evidence of a sedimentary past, with sandstones and cherty dolomites poking through the leaf litter. Melting ice dripping from the old growth oaks onto the ice-encrusted forest floor provided a continuous soundtrack. The firm, deliberate sounds of boots crunching through the sleet hopefully reminded the winter-struck hills that despite the lack of other footprints in the snow, they are deeply cherished.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I forget how beautiful ice storms are.ironic, kind of ,but true. did you take those shots?
April is coming, your big month...FROG MONTH! YIPEEE!according to OG.ab