Buffy and I are almost through hiking on Eagle Mountain for a while. Turkey season begins on April 9th, and it’s a favorite place for turkey hunters. There’s only water in the creek when it rains, so water will become scarce. Then there’s the healthy rattlesnake population.  Buffy doesn’t know to watch out for them. I’m basically chicken when it comes to them.

My son, Davis, drove up on the mountain last spring near the first of turkey season. He timed his trip (not intentionally) to hit it just right to see snakes crossing the road. He saw 7. While stopped, one kept striking his truck tire. I drove up there after he told me all this.  I figured I’d be safe in the truck. The snakes had gotten where they were going, and I didn’t see a one.

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Anyway, on this trip, I just moseyed along taking pictures of this and that. This rock has both red and yellow ochre, a by-product of the iron in the sandstone.

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For some reason, I really liked conglomerate rocks (rocks in rocks). The first rocks had to become rocks, and then they ended up on other rocks.

IMG_5095 redThe lime green is dried algae. The mustard color is yellow ochre too.

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Rocks offer endless designs, sizes and shapes.

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The raised pattern in this one is from the iron in the sandstone. It can be quite dramatic at times.

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And one of my favorites — petrified wood. The brownish-yellow streakish lines is the petrified wood.

IMG_5102 redThis rock shows a different preservation of petrified wood.

IMG_5105 alt cropMore iron designs with the ochres.

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And  another one too.

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This iron “container” was filled in with ochre.

Ochre will rub off on your finger. I’ve read that Native Americans would grind the ochre, mix it with animal fat and then paint a design on a rock. Over time the iron would leach into the stone and the picture remain. Pictographs are drawings or a painting. Petroglyph images are carved. One site on our Shawnee National Forest has one such pictograph, called “buffalo on the rock.”  Vandalism has taken its toll on the buffalo. I didn’t mean to get into that.

As for the rocks, I could walk this creek and never cease to be amazed by their variaties.

6 responses to this post.

  1. I love rocks and you’ve got some beautiful ones there. Some look like they’ve been sculpted. I don’t blame you for staying out od the woods with rattle snakes about. I would to. The black bears just woke up, and they’re bad enough.


  2. Posted by Therese on April 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    How can a heart feel light and heavy at the same time? My heart fills light with the amazing pictures of one of my “loves”. Yet, it feels heavy because I am unable to touch and discover them myself. Thanks for posting.


  3. Terrific post! Great images and very informative. I’m just very impressed that you know so much about rocks. Must be all those questions you ask…!


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