Yellow and Red Ochre

Yellow and red ochre in same rock.

All the rocks in these pictures are sandstone, and all have iron in them. The designs were left by the softer sandstone eroding out. Over time ochre accumulated in these depressions. It was explained to me that it’s like rusting on a car. The ochre is a bi-product of the iron. The ochre can be brown, yellow or deep red, and is used in making artists’ paints.

The ochre will rub off on your finger

The parallel lines in the ochre look suspiciously like petrified wood

Can find endless designs in these rocks.

A yellow ochre heart

This rock’s 10 inches wide.

Design in rock and in the ochre

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on June 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

    My jaw dropped when I first read the title!!!!!
    Looking at the photos…my jaw will never be the same.
    Shame on you! LOL
    One of my favorites, as you know.

    Reply

  2. I remember first learning that from you at Eagle mountain 🙂

    Reply

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