As an added bonus, in the last few moments, I also found a lump of Whitby Jet - a type of fossilised tree, similar to the modern day Monkey Puzzle or Araucaria Tree. The finest, and most intensely black jet, is found around Whitby, and has been prized for thousands of years as a commodity to carve into exquisite jewellery and ornaments, particularly popular in Victorian times through the patronage of Queen Victoria after she started wearing jet jewellery in remembrance of her beloved Albert, who died in 1851.
|The entrance to Whitby from the sea. Cliffs to the left of the picture hold many treasures...|
|Ammonite impression in a rock near Whitby|
|Sadly, some 'treasures' are too large to take home!|
|Ammonite seating in Whitby town|
|Whitby Abbey from Pannett Park, where the Museum is located|
|A replica of a Gharial crocodile, in Pannett Park: the earliest example of a complete marine crocodile: found in 1824 at Saltwick near Whitby.|
|Snakestone Ammonite: Photo credit James St John under Creative Commons Wikimedia|
'Ammonite' & 'Fossils' are two pieces I created to honour those many delightful hours I've spent (and will continue to spend,) poking around under stones with the wind in my hair and the smell of sea salt in my nostrils. Very many, happy hours!
Both plaques are comprised of hand-shaped metal inlaid into handcrafted 16 cm square oak frames. Every stage of the process was done by me, by hand.