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Back to the Badlands. Pondering Upon Time and Significance


Why the ambitious title?  Well, I finally happened upon my first fossil.  We were hiking a grassland area near a Chadron formation (from 37-34 million years ago) at Badlands National Park.  Springtime rain had eroded the slopes of the formation, carrying down previously buried fossil remains.  This is of a turtle shell. The find reminded me of the slowness of time yet signified the animal's persistence today.  I heard echoes of the tale, "Turtle and the Hare".  I sure hope that's true for artists, as well -  Persistence + Time = Significance.