Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is RARE.

About twenty-five years ago, I was hiking in the hills of West Virginia when I came upon a rock slide at the base of a cliff. My eyes fixed on this rock which had a slight indentation in the center.


With my fingernail I raised the indentation with a bit of effort, and this fossilized shell appeared.


I was humbled to think that my eyes were the first in the history of our world to see this unique fossil. That, I think, qualifies as RARE.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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43 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

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  2. Scott says:

    Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. How fortunate that you were compelled to pick at that indentation.

    My grandfather was a fossel-student, as it were. During the Great Depression he built a gigantic fireplace and chimney veneered with local petrified wood. He would have enjoyed your find. The fireplace could hold a five-foot log and the chimney was twenty feet tall. I guess I inherited a bit of his interest, the way I’m carrying on 🙂

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  3. cwaugh212 says:

    That is a great rare find.


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  5. That really is rare, John.



  6. Rupali says:

    For sure rare.


  7. Christina says:

    A Very special moment indeed. I’ve searched unsuccessfully for fossils on Chesil beach, but to find one ‘by chance’ as it were must have been wonderful.


  8. This is really amazing 🙂


  9. Vicky says:

    A very special find…fossils are so unique.I have some from Oman and I treasure them.


  10. maamej says:

    Wow – what a wonderful find. We lived in an area known for fossils when I was a child, but I was never lucky enough to find one. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier 🙂


  11. dunelight says:

    Change is the only constant…it’s interesting that the bottoms of seabeds tower over us.
    I used to find fossil bits in washed away areas of creek beds back in Iowa. It’s cool to hold history in your hand.

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  13. That is really neat, good for this week’s challenge.


  14. not only such fossil rocks are rare….finding it on a walk in woods is rare too!


  15. Liesbet says:

    That is a great example of a rarity and you get to cherish it every day – very precious!


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  17. animar64 says:

    I’m on awe! What an amazing find. It must have made your day or week.

    I’d have just stood there with it in my hand and said “I have lived.”


  18. somdattadeb says:

    Wow! you really have very sharp eyes and your finding is great.


  19. Collected fossilized clam shells from gravel in Miami, Florida.

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