The San Diego Fair 2012 Page Four

Fair With A Flair; Del Mar Racetrack!

Gems & Minerals (Page Four)

No cameras in the "professional" fine arts... so, no pictures!

Gems & Minerals

We were petrified....

Did You Know? - Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the stem tissue. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material.

The petrifaction process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral-laden water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant's cells; as the plant's lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mould forms in its place.

Amazing carved wood vinyard....

Sue saw the harp

Oops... You took a picture???

Great music box....

Just for Del

1942 Buick


Amazing to watch this....

Let's Visit The Garden On Our Way Out

Check the incoming missles

Taking a ride on Earth

Planets and Earthmen

A Visit With Pete

Pete decided to go to the Outback Steakhouse

Time to dine

They are the same heigth

Great sunset