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The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo: A Cyber-CD

Inyo Plays 30 Solo, Acoustic Instrumental 6-String Guitar Interpretations

 
This is the "cover" to my Cyber-CD, "The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo"; the guitar in the picture, set against a pattern of a brick wall, is a quasi-impressionistic rendering of the 1976 Martin D-35 I used to record all 30 solo acoustic instrumentals, whose MP3-format files are available for download at this Web Page. Cyber-CD cover was designed and created by Inyo.

Introduction:

Here are 30 solo, acoustic, instrumental 6-string guitar arrangements of some of my favorite songs. It is my Cyber-CD, called "The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo." I am that very same Inyo. It's my Cyber-handle. The songs performed here range from good old Classic Rock and Pop tunes--Proud Mary and Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), for example--to such diverse efforts as the Graduation March (Pomp And Circumstance), a 1933 forgotten classic by bandleader Ray Noble (Love Is The Sweetest Thing), a famous 1890s Tin Pan Alley tune (Daisy Bell--Bicycle Built For Two) , a traditional Christmas song (The Little Drummer Boy), plus a song related to the American Civil War (When Johnny Comes Marching Home).

Legal Stuff (It's All Free Music)

Now, here's the legal lowdown pertaining to my solo acoustic, instrumental guitar renditions at this Web Site: You have my permission to download any or all of the songs for your personal, noncommercial use (all of my recordings here are of course copyrighted). In other words, you may--(1) download any or all of the performances to your computer's hard drive for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (2) burn any or all of the renditions here to a CD for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (3) record any or all of the performances to a cassette tape for personal, noncommercial use only. OK, legal disclaimers are here and now finished, concluded, ended...you get the idea, I'm sure.

Shop Talk

I recorded all 30 of my solo, instrumental guitar interpretations documented here during occasional, wildly intense sessions from August 2000 through December 2005 on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string acoustic guitar. During the recording sessions, I used two microphones plugged into a mixer, which in turn fed directly to the computer; processing of the raw Wav files was done exclusively through the freeware GoldWave audio editor, versions 4.24 and 4.26--the last two free versions of the program, by the way; in my own personal estimation, this is a much better free audio editor than the ubiquitous Audacity. Also helpful is an inexpensive utility called Wavclean, which miraculously removes annoying hisses in raw Wav files without degrading the overall sound quality. All the music files are in 128kbps stereo MP3 format.

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The Cyber-CD: The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire of Inyo

Running Time For Cyber-CD Is 79 Minutes And 20 Seconds With Standard 2-second Pause Between Tracks

Selection #1: Blowin' In The Wind (The classic composition by Bob Dylan; done in quasi-bluegrass-style; the cover by famous folk group Peter, Paul & Mary climbed to #2 in the US in 1963. Recorded February 5, 2003.) 2:35

Selection#2: And I Love You So (Composed and originally performed in 1970 by Don Mclean, who also wrote the Classic Pop/Rock anthem, "American Pie;" Perry Como's cover of "And I Love You So" rose to #29 in the US in 1973. Recorded August 5, 2003.) 3:06

Selection #3: Please Please Me (Written by Beatle, John Lennon; first #1 song for The Beatles in the UK, 1963; peaked at #3 in the US in early 1964. Recorded January 9, 2004.) 2:00

Selection #4: The Lonely Bull (One of the most famous instrumentals of the Pop-Rock Era. The first commercial, chart success for Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass, reaching #6 on the US Pop charts in the late Fall of 1962--composed by Sol Lake. Recorded January 30 2005.) 2:04

Selection #5: Pomp And Circumstance (A famous tune known as The Graduation March in the US; composed by Edward Elgar in 1901; used at virtually every High School graduation ceremony every year throughout the United States. Recorded February 22, 2003.) 2:26

Selection #6: The Sounds Of Silence (#1 in the US for Simon And Garfunkel in 1965; penned by Paul Simon. Recorded July 18, 2003.) 2:47

Selection #7: If I Fell (Composed by Beatle, John Lennon; one of his most beautiful and enduring tunes; appears on the third album The Beatles released in the US, "Something New," 1964. Recorded in April 29, 2003.) 1:58

Selection #8: From Four Until Late (A classic Blues composition by the legend himself, Robert Johnson--a song he recorded in Dallas, Texas, on June 19, 1937; Rock and Blues great Eric Clapton helped repopularize "From Four Until Late" when he sang lead on a version with supergroup Cream for the 1966 album, "Fresh Cream." Recorded August 10, 2000.) 1:30

Selection #9: Telstar (One of the great instrumentals of the Rock-Pop Era. #1 in the US for the Tornadoes, 1962; written by UK independent record producer, Joe Meek. The first television pictures broadcast across the Atlantic on July 11, 1962, had inspired Joe Meek to create the instrumental as a tribute to the Telstar satellite. Recorded December 3, 2003.) 2:40

Selection #10: Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two) (The famous Tin Pan Alley song penned by Harry Dacre in the 1890s. Film buffs might recollect that Hal the computer, in Stanley Kubrick's classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey," actually begins to sing "Bicycle Built For Two" while being shut down by one of the astronauts. This was somewhat of an inside joke, as a matter of fact; seems that the very first computer programmed to imitate human speech sang "Bicycle Built For Two" during its initial test run. Recorded November 7, 2003.) 2:27

Selection #11: (I'll Never Find) Another You (The classic composition by Tom Springfield, a song that the Australian folk group The Seekers took to #4 on the US Billboard charts during the Spring of 1965. American Country star Sonny James took the song to #1 on the US Country Music charts in 1967. Recorded December 28 2003.) 2:41

Selection #12: Walk Away Renee (The Left Banke originally recorded this haunting song in 1966; their version topped out at #5 in the US that year; composed by founding Left Banke band member and keyboard player, Michael Brown, when he was 16 years old. Recorded in May 29, 2002.) 2:13

Selection #13: Follow Me (A truly beautiful song written by John Denver for his 1970 album, "Take Me To Tomorrow," the LP that immediately preceded his break-out album in 1971, "Poems, Prayers And Promises," which of course contained the song that made Denver world-famous--"Take Me Home, Country Roads." Recorded November 10, 2004.); #56 US Billboard for Mary Travers, 1971. 2:22

Selection #14: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (The famous folk-rock song written by folk singer Peter Seeger; lyrics adapted from The Bible's Book Of Ecclesiastes--music by Peter Seeger. The Byrds soared to #1 in the US with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" in 1965. Recorded November 21, 2004.) 2:22

Selection #15: The Little Drummer Boy (The memorable traditional Christmas song written in 1958 by Katherine K. Davis; the version of "Little Drummer Boy" by the Harry Simeone Chorale made the US top 30 in December of each year, seasonally around Christmas time, from 1958 through 1962--highest chart position was #13 in 1958. Recorded December 12, 2002.) 2:55

Selection #16: Cowgirl In The Sand (A Classic Rock anthem written by Neil Young. First appears on his 1969 LP, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," recorded with his band, Crazy Horse. Recorded July 20, 2003.) 4:53

Selection #17: (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me (A classic composition by Canadian Folk/Pop artist, Gordon Lightfoot. Peter, Paul and Mary had the biggest commerical success with the song, taking it to #30 on the US Pop charts in early 1965. Recorded March 30, 2004.) 2:14

Selection #18: Tuesday Afternoon (Composed by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues; a Classic Rock Anthem from the Moody Blues' 1967 LP, "Days Of Future Passed;" the single version placed at #28 in the US in 1968. Recorded March 9 2003.) 3:20

Selection #19: The Times They Are a-Changin' (Written by folk and folk-rock master, Bob Dylan; first appears on Dylan's LP, "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" which was recorded in 1963 and then finally released in January, 1964; this was the very song that first generated my interest in the musical creations of Bob Dylan. Recorded September 25, 2002.) 2:09

Selection #20: Rebel-Rouser (Originally recorded by the king of "twang guitar," Duane Eddy, whose powerful, reverb-laden electric guitar production--with energetic saxapone, as well--soared to #6 in the US during the summer of 1958, eventually spending 12 weeks in the Top 40. One of the most famous instrumentals of the Pop-Rock Era, composed by Duane Eddy and Lee Hazelwood. Recorded December 30, 2005.) 3:13

Selection #21: Proud Mary (Probably the most famous song by Classic Rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival--reached #2 in the US in 1969; lyrics and music by original Creedence Clearwater Revival band member and lead singer/guitarist, John Fogerty. Recorded June 25, 2003.) 2:57

Selection #22: Daydream Believer (Words and music by former member of the Kingston Trio, John Stewart--a huge #1 hit in the US for The Monkees in 1967. Recorded November 23, 2003.) 2:18

Selection #23: Puff (The Magic Dragon) (The classic folk/children's song written by Peter Yarrow--lyrics and music--and Leonard Lipton--lyrics; Peter Paul & Mary took the song to #2 in the US in 1963. Recorded July 30, 2004.) 2:05

Selection #24: Eight Miles High (Original Byrds member Gene Clark wrote it--considered by many Rock critics to be the very first psychedelic-sounding single ever released--in early 1966; climbed to a surprisingly high #14 on the US charts that year, overcoming the fact that many radio stations across the land refused to play it due to lyrics that were suspected by not a few radio programmers to refer to drugs; this was patent nonsence, though. According to the song's composer, Gene Clark, the song merely describes a plane flight--hence, the phrase "eight miles high"--from the USA to London, England, and the dramatic culture shock and associated disorientation that ensued for Clark, an American. Recorded June 2, 2004.) 3:26

Selection #25: Apache (One of the most famous instrumentals of the Rock 'N Roll Era. Composed by UK musician Jerry Lordan in 1960--the first recorded version was by a then-popular UK guitarist named Bert Weedon. Soon after, a group by the name of The Shadows got hold of the tune--they were the back-up group for singer Cliff Richards; they were looking for a hit. "Apache" was suggested as a B-side to "Quartermaster's Stores." That song went nowhere, but the reaction to "Apache" was instantly phenomenal. In 1961, guitarist Jorgan Ingmann of Denmark took his own brilliant cover of Apache to #2 on the US Billboard Pop Charts. Recorded December 1 2002.) 2:49

Selection #26: California Dreamin' (One of the truly great Pop-Rock anthems of the 1960s. Composed by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips. An early version in 1965 by ex-folk singer Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels went nowhere on the charts, despite the fact that The Mamas And The Papas were backing him on the studio recording. In early 1966, John Phillips recorded his own arrangement of the song with The Mamas And The Papas. That version soared to #4 on the US Billboard Pop Charts, entering the Top 40 on February 5, 1966. Recorded April 7, 2005.) 2:30

Selection #27: Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Here's a genuine forgotten gem, a classic standard composed by bandleader Ray Noble in 1933. Noble's version, with singer Al Bowlly, was the third-most popular song in the US for the entire year of 1933. Recorded November 14, 2003.) 2:13

Selection #28: Highwayman (Words and music by Jimmy Webb. Glen Campbell originally recorded it for his "Highwayman" LP in 1979, but The Highwaymen--composed of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings--took it to #1 on the US Country Music Charts in 1984. Recorded December 29, 2003.) 2:38

Selection #29: Red Rubber Ball (A #2 song for The Cyrkle on the US Billboard Pop charts in the early Summer of 1966. A collaborative composition by Paul Simon--of Simon And Garfunkel fame--and Bruce Woodley, an original member of the Australian Folk group, The Seekers. Recorded July 10, 2005.)

Selection #30: When Johnny Comes Marching Home (The traditional American Civil War song written in 1863--during the height of the American Civil War--by Patrick S. Gilmore under the pseudonym Louis Lambert. Gilmore was bandmaster of Ben Butler's Union Army of occupation in New Orleans at the time. Recorded November 30, 2002.) 3:01

Music Links Of Interest

Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original acoustic guitar compositions (all free music)

Inyo And Folks--A Musical History My parents and I play 110 acoustic guitar and banjo selections (all free music)

The Distant Path--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

 Acoustic Stratigraphy Listen to me play 34 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

 Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD Listen to play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

Inyo 7--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs, plus originals (all free music)

The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of some of my previously released tracks

For an all-text page that includes all 300 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, "Inyo 7" (never placed on the Net as a stand-alone Cyber-CD).

Jump on over to my page It's A Happening Thing--Music From The Year 1967. Includes YouTube (and other sources) links to all songs that charted US Billboard Top 100 in year 1967 (close to a thousand, as as matter of fact), plus links to records that bubbled under US Billboard's Hot 100 charts that year (releases that placed #101 to #135); peruse, too, my extensive personal database of year 1967 music.

Paleontology-Related Pages

Web sites I have created pertaining to fossils

  • Fossils In Death Valley National Park: A site dedicated to the paleontology, geology, and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park; lots of on-site photographs of scenic localities within the park; images of fossils specimens; links to many virtual field trips of fossil-bearing interest.
  • Fossil Insects And Vertebrates On The Mojave Desert, California: Journey to two world-famous fossil sites in the middle Miocene Barstow Formation: one locality yields upwards of 50 species of fully three-dimensional, silicified freshwater insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that can be dissolved free and intact from calcareous concretions; a second Barstow Formation district provides vertebrate paleontologists with one of the greatest concentrations of Miocene mammal fossils yet recovered from North America--it's the type locality for the Bartovian State of the Miocene Epoch, 15.9 to 12.5 million years ago, with which all geologically time-equivalent rocks in North American are compared.
  • A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada: Take a virtual field trip to a Nevada locality that yields the most complete, diverse, fossil assemblage of terrestrial Miocene plants and animals known from North America--and perhaps the world, as well.
  • Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: Visit wildly colorful Red Rock Canyon State Park on California's northern Mojave Desert, approximately 130 miles north of Los Angeles--scene of innumerable Hollywood film productions and commercials over the years--where the Middle to Late Miocene (13 to 7 million years old) Dove Spring Formation, along with a classic deposit of petrified woods, yields one of the great terrestrial, land-deposited Miocene vertebrate fossil faunas in all the western United States.
  • Late Pennsylvanian Fossils In Kansas: Travel to the midwestern plains to discover the classic late Pennsylvanian fossil wealth of Kansas--abundant, supremely well-preserved associations of such invertebrate animals as brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, echinoderms, fusulinids, mollusks (gastropods, pelecypods, cephalopods, scaphopods), and sponges; one of the great places on the planet to find fossils some 307 to 299 million years old.
  • Fossil Plants Of The Ione Basin, California: Head to Amador County in the western foothills of California's Sierra Nevada to explore the fossil leaf-bearing Middle Eocene Ione Formation of the Ione Basin. This is a completely undescribed fossil flora from a geologically fascinating district that produces not only paleobotanically invaluable suites of fossil leaves, but also world-renowned commercial deposits of silica sand, high-grade kaolinite clay and the extraordinarily rare Montan Wax-rich lignites (a type of low grade coal).
  • Trilobites In The Marble Mountains, Mojave Desert, California: Take a trip to the place that first inspired my life-long fascination and interest in fossils--the classic trilobite quarry in the Lower Cambrian Latham Shale, in the Marble Mountains of California's Mojave Desert. It's a special place, now included in the rather recently established Trilobite Wilderness, where some 21 species of ancient plants and animals have been found--including trilobites, an echinoderm, a coelenterate, mollusks, blue-green algae and brachiopods.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils Of Westgard Pass, California: Visit the Westgard Pass area, a world-renowned geologic wonderland several miles east of Big Pine, California, in the neighboring White-Inyo Mountains, to examine one of the best places in the world to find archaeocyathids--an enigmatic invertebrate animal that went extinct some 510 million years ago, never surviving past the early Cambrian; also present there in rocks over a half billion years old are locally common trilobites, plus annelid and arthropod trails, and early echinoderms.
  • A Visit To Ammonite Canyon, Nevada: Explore one of the best-exposed, most complete fossiliferous marine late Triassic through early Jurassic geologic sections in the world--a place where the important end-time Triassic mass extinction has been preserved in the paleontological record. Lots of key species of ammonites, brachiopods, corals, gastropods and pelecypods.
  • Fossils In Millard County, Utah: Take virtual field trips to two world-famous fossil localities in Millard County, Utah--Wheeler Amphitheater in the trilobite-bearing middle Cambrian Wheeler Shale; and Fossil Mountain in the brachiopod-ostracod-gastropod-echinoderm-trilobite rich lower Ordovician Pogonip Group.
  • Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California: Visit a productive Paleozoic Era fossil-bearing area near Independence, California--along the east side of California's Owens Valley, with the great Sierra Nevada as a dramatic backdrop--a paleontologically fascinating place that yields a great assortment of invertebrate animals.
  • Late Triassic Ichthyosaur And Invertebrate Fossils In Nevada: Journey to two classic, world-famous fossil localities in the Upper Triassic Luning Formation of Nevada--Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and Coral Reef Canyon. At Berlin-Ichthyosaur, observe in-situ the remains of several gigantic ichthyosaur skeletons preserved in a fossil quarry; then head out into the hills, outside the state park, to find plentiful pelecypods, gastropods, brachiopods and ammonoids. At Coral Reef Canyon, find an amazing abundance of corals, sponges, brachiopods, echinoids (sea urchins), pelecypods, gastropods, belemnites and ammonoids.
  • Fossils From The Kettleman Hills, California: Visit one of California's premiere Pliocene-age (approximately 4.5 to 2.0 million years old) fossil localities--the Kettleman Hills, which lie along the western edge of California's Great Central Valley northwest of Bakersfield. This is where innumerable sand dollars, pectens, oysters, gastropods, "bulbous fish growths" and pelecypods occur in the Etchegoin, San Joaquin and Tulare Formations.
  • Field Trip To The Kettleman Hills Fossil District, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic site on the western side of California's Great Central Valley, roughly 80 miles northwest of Bakersfield, where several Pliocene-age (roughly 4.5 to 2 million years old) geologic rock formations yield a wealth of diverse, abundant fossil material--sand dollars, scallop shells, oysters, gastropods and "bulbous fish growths" (fossil bony tumors--found nowhere else, save the Kettleman Hills), among many other paleontological remains.
  • A Visit To The Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, Southern California: Travel to the dusty hills near Bakersfield, California, along the eastern side of the Great Central Valley in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, to explore the world-famous Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, a Middle Miocene marine deposit some 16 to 15 million years old that yields over a hundred species of sharks, rays, bony fishes, and sea mammals from a geologic rock formation called the Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation; this is the most prolific marine, vertebrate fossil-bearing Middle Miocene deposit in the world.
  • In Search Of Fossils In The Tin Mountain Limestone, California: Journey to the Death Valley area of Inyo County, California, to explore the highly fossiliferous Lower Mississippian Tin Mountain Limestone; visit three localities that provide easy access to a roughly 358 million year-old calcium carbate accumulation that contains well preserved corals, brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, and ostracods--among other major groups of invertebrate animals.
  • Middle Triassic Ammonoids From Nevada: Travel to a world-famous fossil locality in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, a specific place that yields some 41 species of ammonoids, in addition to five species of pelecypods and four varieties of belemnites from the Middle Triassic Prida Formation, which is roughly 235 million years old; many paleontologists consider this specific site the single best Middle Triassic, late Anisian Stage ammonoid locality in the world. All told, the Prida Formation yields 68 species of ammonoids spanning the entire Middle Triassic age, or roughly 241 to 227 million years ago.
  • Fossil Bones In The Coso Range, Inyo County, California: Visit the Coso Range Wilderness, west of Death Valley National Park at the southern end of California's Owens Valley, where vertebrate fossils some 4.8 to 3.0 million years old can be observed in the Pliocene-age Coso Formation: It's a paleontologically significant place that yields many species of mammals, including the remains of Equus simplicidens, the Hagerman Horse, named for its spectacular occurrences at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho; Equus simplicidens is considered the earliest known member of the genus Equus, which includes the modern horse and all other equids.
  • Field Trip To A Vertebrate Fossil Locality In The Coso Range, California: Take a cyber-visit to the famous bone-bearing Pliocene Coso Formation, Coso Mountains, Inyo County, California; includes detailed text for the field trip, plus on-site images and photographs of vertebrate fossils.
  • Fossil Plants At Aldrich Hill, Western Nevada: Take a field trip to western Nevada, in the vicinity of Yerington, to famous Aldrich Hill, where one can collect some 35 species of ancient plants--leaves, seeds and twigs--from the Middle Miocene Aldirch Station Formation, roughly 12 to 13 million years old. Find the leaves of evergreen live oak, willow, and Catalina Ironwood (which today is restricted in its natural habitat solely to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California), among others, plus the seeds of many kinds of conifers, including spruce; expect to find the twigs of Giant Sequoias, too.
  • Fossils From Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Explore the badlands of the Manix Lake Beds on California's Mojave Desert, an Upper Pleistocene deposit that produces abundant fossil remains from the silts and sands left behind by a great fresh water lake, roughly 350,000 to 19,000 years old--the Manix Beds yield many species of fresh water mollusks (gastropods and pelecypods), skeletal elements from fish (the Tui Mojave Chub and Three-Spine Stickleback), plus roughly 50 species of mammals and birds, many of which can also be found in the incredible, world-famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles.
  • Field Trip To Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Go on a virtual field trip to the classic, fossiliferous badlands carved in the Upper Pleistocene Manix Formation, Mojave Desert, California. It's a special place that yields beaucoup fossil remains, including fresh water mollusks, fish (the Mojave Tui Chub), birds and mammals.
  • Trilobites In The Nopah Range, Inyo County, California: Travel to a locality well outside the boundaries of Death Valley National Park to collect trilobites in the Lower Cambrian Pyramid Shale Member of the Carrara Formation.
  • Ammonoids At Union Wash, California: Explore ammonoid-rich Union Wash near Lone Pine, California, in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Union Wash is a ne plus ultra place to find Early Triassic ammonoids in California. The extinct cephalopods occur in abundance in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, with the dramatic back-drop of the glacier-gouged Sierra Nevada skyline in view to the immediate west.
  • A Visit To The Fossil Beds At Union Wash, Inyo County California: A virtual field trip to the fabulous ammonoid accumulations in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, Inyo County, California--situated in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
  • Ordovician Fossils At The Great Beatty Mudmound, Nevada: Visit a classic 475-million-year-old fossil locality in the vicinity of Beatty, Nevada, only a few miles east of Death Valley National Park; here, the fossils occur in the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone at a prominent Mudmound/Biohern. Lots of fossils can be found there, including silicified brachiopods, trilobites, nautiloids, echinoderms, bryozoans, ostracodes and conodonts.
  • Paleobotanical Field Trip To The Sailor Flat Hydraulic Gold Mine, California: Journey on a day of paleobotanical discovery with the FarWest Science Foundation to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada--to famous Sailor Flat, an abandoned hydraulic gold mine of the mid to late 1800s, where members of the foundation collect fossil leaves from the "chocolate" shales of the Middle Eocene auriferous gravels; all significant specimens go to the archival paleobotanical collections at the University California Museum Of Paleontology in Berkeley.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada: Explore a 518-million-year-old fossil locality several miles north of Death Valley National Park, in Esmeralda County, Nevada, where the Lower Cambrian Harkless Formation yields the largest single assemblage of Early Cambrian trilobites yet described from a specific fossil locality in North America; the locality also yields archeocyathids (an extinct sponge), plus salterella (the "ice-cream cone fossil"--an extinct conical animal placed into its own unique phylum, called Agmata), brachiopods and invertebrate tracks and trails.
  • Fossil Leaves And Seeds In West-Central Nevada: Take a field trip to the Middlegate Hills area in west-central Nevada. It's a place where the Middle Miocene Middlegate Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with some 64 species of fossil plant remains, including the leaves of evergreen live oak, tanbark oak, bigleaf maple, and paper birch--plus the twigs of giant sequoias and the winged seeds from a spruce.
  • Ordovician Fossils In The Toquima Range, Nevada: Explore the Toquima Range in central Nevada--a locality that yields abundant graptolites in the Lower to Middle Ordovician Vinini Formation, plus a diverse fauna of brachiopods, sponges, bryozoans, echinoderms and ostracodes from the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone.
  • Fossil Plants In The Dead Camel Range, Nevada: Visit a remote site in the vicinity of Fallon, Nevada, where the Middle Miocene Desert Peak Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with 22 species of nicely preserved leaves from a variety of deciduous trees and evergreen live oaks, in addition to samaras (winged seeds), needles and twigs from several types of conifers.
  • Early Triassic Ammonoid Fossils In Nevada: Visit the two remote localities in Nevada that yield abundant, well-preserved ammonoids in the Lower Triassic Thaynes Formation, some 240 million years old--one of the sites just happens to be the single finest Early Triassic ammonoid locality in North America.
  • Fossil Plants At Buffalo Canyon, Nevada: Explore the wilds of west-central Nevada, a number of miles from Fallon, where the Middle Miocene Buffalo Canyon Formation yields to seekers of paleontology some 54 species of deciduous and coniferous varieties of 15-million-year-old leaves, seeds and twigs from such varieties as spruce, fir, pine, ash, maple, zelkova, willow and evergreen live oak
  • High Inyo Mountains Fossils, California: Take a ride to the crest of the High Inyo Mountains to find abundant ammonoids and pelecypods--plus, some shark teeth and terrestrial plants in the Upper Mississippian Chainman Shale, roughly 325 million years old.
  • Field Trip To The Copper Basin Fossil Flora, Nevada: Visit a remote region in Nevada, where the Late Eocene Dead Horse Tuff provides seekers of paleobotany with some 42 species of ancient plants, roughly 39 to 40 million years old, including the leaves of alder, tanbark oak, Oregon grape and sassafras.
  • Fossil Plants And Insects At Bull Run, Nevada: Head into the deep backcountry of Nevada to collect fossils from the famous Late Eocene Chicken Creek Formation, which yields, in addition to abundant fossil fly larvae, a paleobotanically wonderful association of winged seeds and fascicles (bundles of needles) from many species of conifers, including fir, pine, spruce, larch, hemlock and cypress. The plants are some 37 million old and represent an essentially pure montane conifer forest, one of the very few such fossil occurrences in the Tertiary Period of the United States.
  • A Visit To The Early Cambrian Waucoba Spring Geologic Section, California: Journey to the northwestern sector of Death Valley National Park to explore the classic, world-famous Waucoba Spring Early Cambrian geologic section, first described by the pioneering paleontologist C.D. Walcott in the late 1800s; surprisingly well preserved 540-510 million-year-old remains of trilobites, invertebrate tracks and trails, Girvanella algal oncolites and archeocyathids (an extinct variety of sponge) can be observed in situ.
  • Petrified Wood From The Shinarump Conglomerate: An image of a chunk of petrified wood I collected from the Upper Triassic Shinarump Conglomerate, outside of Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.
  • Fossil Giant Sequoia Foliage From Nevada: Images of the youngest fossil foliage from a giant sequoia ever discovered in the geologic record--the specimen is Lower Pliocene in geologic age, around 5 million years old.
  • Some Favorite Fossil Brachiopods Of Mine: Images of several fossil brachiopods I have collected over the years from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic-age rocks.
  • For information on what can and cannot be collected legally from America's Public Lands, take a look at Fossils On America's Public Lands and Collecting On Public Lands--brochures that the Bureau Of Land Management has allowed me to transcribe.
  • In Search Of Vanished Ages--Field Trips To Fossil Localities In California, Nevada, And Utah--My fossils-related field trips in full print book form (pdf). 98,703 words (equivalent to a medium-size hard cover work of non-fiction); 250 printed pages (equivalent to about 380 pages in hard cover book form); 27 chapters; 30 individual field trips to places of paleontological interest; 60 photographs--representative on-site images and pictures of fossils from each locality visited.

United States Geological Survey Papers (Public Domain)

Online versions of USGS publications