Michael D'Agostino

Drummer, vocalist and Songwriter

Found Objects: Crystals/Fossils/Indian Artifacts

I’ve always been a rock hound.  While hiking the woods in Northern New Jersey for the past 17 years, here are some of the crystals, fossils,   artifacts and rocks found on those travels. On many hikes I would carry a frame drum and work on rhythms, singing and improvising, my steps keeping time like a metronome.   My eyes, free to wander and explore the forest, I would stop at anything out of the ordinary that was worthy of examining.

Striped rocks, “Water Stones” (image 1) With endless arrangements possible, cascading waterfalls into streams, the tactile feel while moving the rocks has a Zen-like meditative effect.

Iron Wedges/Log Splitters (row 4 image 3) Northern NJ’s Iron Furnaces from the 1700-1800’s needed lot’s of wood to fire em. I found these three one afternoon, a small piece of iron was visible and as I dug it out the other two were next to it.

New Jersey was covered in ocean millions of years ago.  Seashell imprints in limestone and other rock are reminders of that time (row 7 images 3-6, row 8 images 1-6).  I have broken apart piece of limestone and intact seashells where inside.  Some local rivers and streams, now freshwater,  yield dinosaur bone and shark teeth.