I’ve been wandering at the hills days ago, with the senses sticked to the ground hoping to find new treasures, and In the middle of this noble quest (like a lesser Humboldt or D’Orbigny ) I stumble with a solitary vertebrae..
… and a solitary vertebrae entails many questions for the curious!
Knowing that I could take good photos of it at home, I grab the fieldbook and my pencil ready to spend a good time sketching the details while cleaning a little the dirt.
Beyond the fine concave-convex surfaces, there are many things to consider: such as the broken transverse processes (perhaps by a predator?), or the different colors of the bone (how much time was semi buried?), which animal belonged? and where are the remainder bones? (essential question if it were a paleontological find!)
Questions like these took away my sleep as a kid, and fill my dreams as an adult. Whether as a naturalist or an artist, looking at the ground and sky with the intensity of a child is the key to life itself!
So, let the kids play in the mud!