Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cretaceous Petrified Wood: Paleo Poetry

By Blake Reher

It is hard to believe this ancient rock was once a living thing;

That grew in the ground of the Cretaceous from a tiny seed.

Who knows, maybe a mammal ran up it one night searching for food?

Not knowing of its future wonder.

Triceratops may have fought for mating rights near this magnificent tree—

But of course we will never know—

For the secrets of the past are forever a secret.

Petrified wood from the Cretaceous Period.
From the collection of Blake Reher.  Photo © by Blake Reher.

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