Monday, August 30, 2010

Amity at Schmidt Farm

Acrylic on clayboard panel
, framed 18" x 24"

Portrait of Amity soil series (an Argiaquic Xeric Argialbolls) in research field of Oregon State University's Schmidt Farm, Lewisburg, Oregon. Albic (light-toned) horizon is subtle in this profile.

© 2010
Jay Stratton Noller

Depoe Convexus

Acrylic on canvas

13.5" x 25.5" x 4.75" (convex)

Portrait of
Depoe soil series (a Typic Duraquods) on a marine terrace, Seal Rock, Oregon. The Bsm horizon is shattered and these fractures are infilled with roots and other organic matter.

© 2010 Jay Stratton Noller

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Willakenzie II

Acrylic on canvas

30" x 40"

Portrait of Willakenzie soil series (an Ultic Haploxeralfs) at the 400 ft elevation contour on "Mary's Hill," Corvallis, Oregon. Fractures in sandstone bedrock form "eye" structures. This profile is exceptionally red for the series.

(c) 2010 Jay Stratton Noller

Troodos Forest Wall

Acrylic and soil on canvas

24" by 48"

Portrait of soil (Calcic, Chromic Leptosols [Serpentinitic]) beneath a lichen-encrusted stone wall in forest of Troodos Mountains, Cyprus. Lichen species and the diameters
of their thalli (bodies) indicate Medieval to Late Roman age for the construction of the dry-stack stone wall. That the wall is founded on soil indicates soil development and thickness was advanced and still present at the time of wall construction.

(c) 2008-2010 Jay Stratton Noller

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Biscuit Scabland

Acrylic on canvas

22" by 28"

Portrait of mound-intermound soils of the Biscuit Scablands of the Columbia Basin, in northcentral Oregon, as exposed in a county road cut. These are soils mapped as Bakeoven-Condon complex. Bakeoven soil series is a loamy-skeletal, mixed, superactive, mesic Lithic Haploxerolls;
Condon soil series is a fine-silty, mixed, superactive, mesic Typic Haploxerolls, by Soil Taxonomy, 11 ed. (US Dept. of Agriculture).

(c) 2010 Jay Stratton Noller

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bolt of Red Clay

Acrylic on canvas

30" by 40"

Portrait of epikarst soil profile in hillside above Korfos Harbor, eastern Korinthia, Greece.

A Lithic Rhodoxeralfs by Soil Taxonomy, 11 ed. (US Dept. of Agriculture)
A Leptic Luvisols (Rhodic) by World Reference Base, 2007 (UN-FAO soil taxonomy

(c) 2010 Jay Stratton Noller

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Finger flow

Acrylic on canvas

30" by 40"

Portrait of a paleosol under the sand dune complex at Seal Rock State Park, Oregon. Stains of ferric sesquioxide finger flow features and gibbsite haloes of long-decayed root zones

(c) 2010 Jay Stratton Noller