• This gallery focuses mostly on fossilized wood from ancient forests growing 225 million years ago found in Petrified Forest National Park.

The forest is in modern-day Arizona but back then the ecosystem was swampy and covered in rivers. This forest was buried in a flood (or volcanic eruption) so the wood didn’t rot away. Over hundreds of millions of years  it was slowly replaced by quartz that crystallized in the shape of the wood grain. There are trace metals that are rusted to form unique reds and yellow colors. When I invert the image those colors can turn blue and purple and turquoise. 

 

All the images were taken with a macro lens and a ring flash for even lighting.