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The geology students
The geology students by Helen in Wales
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45/52 for the group T189ers weekly alphabet challenge

This week's theme was: W is for Window Light

Unfortunately, the weather was dreary this week and though I kept looking for an interesting window combined with decent light, I didn't find anything. I have therefore taken the off-topic option and so this is another photo from last Saturday's field trip with my husband and some of his geology students.

More photos from the field trip on Saturday. You can see how variable the weather was, from sunshine to steady rain. Sometimes we had both at once, depending on which way you looked!

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readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: November 16th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is nothing if not a window on the world!
From: cmcmck Date: November 16th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reminds me of bits of Dartmoor, does that!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 19th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm more familiar with pictures of Dartmoor than the actual place, but I can see what you mean.
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: November 16th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
So what are those rocks? We got landscapes in the Harz and esp. the Meissner aera that don't look so different, except for the sunshine. Since the underlying feature is the Zechstein sea, those rocks can be either diabase or dolomite and musselkalk (with granite and some other cool stuff mixed in in the Harz, like that lovely red porphyry in the eastern part), though with the geology of Wales, it may be basalt or gabbro in your case, and lots of erosion. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 19th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to remember what G said they were. Cadair Idris is entirely volcanic, being an extinct volcano. I think dolorite got mentioned, plus pillow lavas, though I think a lot of it is basalt.
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: November 19th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Extinct volcanos make for fun geology. Extinct volcanoes in the Zechstein Sea are even more fun because besides the whole basalt group (dolorite, pillow lava, gabbro) you also get all those limestone, musselkalk and gympsum variants and other sedimentary stuff (including brown coal), and often it's very close together. And it makes for some very cool cliffs.

(I've just started to walk through the landscape near me with an open eye for geology; and got me some book - as if I needed another hobby, lol.)
paragraphs From: paragraphs Date: November 17th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh how beautiful, those clouds! The whole scene! Usually I want just the landscape but I am so curious about what the people are doing there, exactly. And I envy them (nothing new there).

Love your photography.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 19th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually try to avoid photographing people, but I thought they helped give a sense of the scale of the landscape in this case.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: November 17th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Very dramatic! I half expect Orcs to start coming over that little knoll.
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: November 17th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or some Celtic warriors in chequerd trousers with big moustaches and big spears.

Yeah, that's the sort of image you get when writing historical fiction from a Roman POV. :)
(Not only Roman, though, I try to present both sides of a conflict - there's a lot more fun to have had with cultural clashes, and adaptations / identity problems and whatnot than wth the pure 'brave Roman fights wild, evil barbarians'-trope so popular in Roman hist ifc right now - with a few exceptions.)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 19th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
My husband and I are currently very intrigued by the fact that the Latin loan words in Welsh actually appear to have come directly from the Romans! (The loan words in English came mostly via Norman French much later.)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 19th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Not quite orcs, but it is the landscape of Book 2 of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising.

Cadair Idris (old spelling Cader Idris) is the home of the Grey King:

"The Breath of the Grey King" is spoken of with dread in the mountains near his home. A thick fog that descends in the space of a few heartbeats, it drives unwary travelers to their deaths by hiding the edges of precipices and scree slopes.
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: November 17th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the way they're lined up. Fun portrait of rocks and their students. :-)
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