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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Know You're Wondering About The Rocks

Those who know me well also know what a rock hound I am.  Instead of postcards I collect rocks and know where each one was gathered.
Fossils in limestone too large to carry
Quarried limestone along the boat ramp full of quartz
Limestone ledges shelters fish under water
and whatever needs shelter above it.
Most of our rocks are different forms of sedimentary.
Note the snail fossil here.
I could not catch the sparkle with the camera
but sunshine and the eyes can find the quartz.
I love rocks where the hole goes completely through it.
We call them fairy rocks as in door ways for the little folks.
Others call them Crone Stones
 and believe that the wearer can see the future.
All are sedimentary rocks of varying types.
 Silt stone
These I carried home.  I had my handy canvas bag just for this reason.  I had to be selective because it was a long way back to the boat.
Double prize here with a hole that is also a fossil.

I found some thin flat rocks to paint and others I will incorporate around my water gardens.

We've found metamorphic rocks and some volcanic rocks along with lots of sedimentary rocks At The Farm.  I enjoy reading the history in each stone.  Millions of years can be seen in a rock cliff and I get lost in time. 

And that is Geology One for preschool...I try to learn more with every rock I touch but I have a long way to go.  

23 comments:

Sandra said...

I love the photo of the quarry rocks.. so beautiful.... i can't believe you carried all those, it would break my back...

A Quiet Corner said...

Never too late to learn a new trade!!!!...:)JP

gld said...

Gail, you have broad interests!

I like rocks too. Recently had to help our granddaughter search the farm to find fossils for a class. It made me look closer at our rocks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are a true rock hound. I'm amazed you find so many with fossils.

Mary Ann said...

I don't much about geology... but I love rocks and have some around here... and lots more at the farm that are coming here. We have amazing pink ones!

Linda Kay said...

My husband has a number of rocks, so maybe I'll share them sometime. Fun.

TexWisGirl said...

those are awesome finds. love the limestone shelves!

Linda Wildenstein said...

The rocks have voices to those that have their ears tuned to the sound of history and prehistory. I love this post. Makes me want to go out into the yard and sit and sort through my "stash". xoxo Linda

Lynne said...

Great collection . . .I liked the preschool lesson too . . .

Sandy said...

Very nice collection. Hubby and I always search for rocks when were out and about.

Farm Girl said...

I love all of the rocks. So many very interesting them I have only read about the fairy rocks. It was nice to see them.

Empty Nester said...

I know I am enjoying my rocks. Oh, and the irises. :)

kaykuala said...

Rocks have always fascinated me through casual reading. But being passionate and collecting them that is amazing. There are obviously lots of history and mystery embedded in the hardened specimens. Great write, great pics Gail! Thanks for sharing!

Hank

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Oh wow...this is fascinating! I love this kind of kind of natural find. Thanks for sharing!

thewovenspoke said...

Gail, your post grabs the heart of this ol' rock hound. As long as I can remember I have loved rocks and collecting them especially ones with natural holes. Thanks for the great post.
Dawn

Terri said...

I love to hunt for fossils- I've only found two so you know I don't get to go often! These are all super finds..love your collection.

Bethany Carson said...

Fascinating fossils! It looks like you found a gold mine of them! I used to collect fossils, but it's been a while.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE rocks. I collect them, too. Love your Crone stone (I call them Witch stones, and my holey ones are favorites in my collection).

By the way, love your sparkly nail next to the stone. ;-)

Susan Kane said...

Are you sure that we aren't sisters? I am a rock watcher, picker-up, put them in my rock places.

I miss the wading in the streams back home.

LindaG said...

Awesome post, Gail. You are blessed to have so many kinds of rocks; and to love them so much!

Hope you are having a wonderful day. :-)

DesertHen said...

Rocks are hidden gems of history! You found some really cool hidden gems!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Love the ones with the holes in them, we are rock hounds too, lookin and searching is the fun part:)

Susan Anderson said...

You are an even greater rock lover than I am, which is saying a lot. Dave is always laughing at me collecting them wherever we go. And he raises his eyebrows at the collections of them I have in the house…in bowls, baskets, siting alone on the hearth or a shelf, etc.

=)

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