Favorite Rocks

I was looking around the house the other day and realized I have favorite rocks that have been favorites for years.

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It’s a tad difficult to see its features in this picture. This is my owl pocket rock.

My youngest son is 33 years old. I found this rock when I had him and a friend of his on the west side of southern Illinois, checking out a lake for camping and fishing. Davis was probably in 5th or 6th grade. The rock was below the spillway.

Owls, especially barred owls, are one of my top favorites. It makes this rock even more special.

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“Sacred geometry” immediately came to mind when I saw this rock. It measures 3 1/4 inches long.

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For some reason I always think “universe” when I look at this rock. The spiral measures 5/8 inch in diameter. Part of a crinoid fossil is just to the right of the spiral. I found it in river gravel.

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This rock takes a little imagination. To me, if rotated to more of a profile, it looks like the head of an eagle. It is a fossilized coral, also from the river gravel.

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I couldn’t pass up this fossil design. The flat rock measures 2 inches tall.

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This rock had to have a human influence to produce this shape. It measures 1 1/8 inches wide and 3/4 at the tallest. I found this one in the river gravel too.

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I laugh every time I see this stone person. It stays on the window sill over my kitchen sink. I’m not sure, I’ve had it so long, but I think I found it in a dry creek bed.

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Petrified wood has always been a favorite — how could it be preserved long enough to become fossilized! This one is part of a good-sized collection of petrified wood from Montana. My mother took me on 3 trips to Montana rock hunting. We had an outfitter, did float trips down the Yellowstone River and day trips to various remote areas. Our outfitter, a man, cooked a four-course lunch, served us, and cleaned up afterward. Need I say more?

(After my two daughters left for college and I still had to boys at home. I realized I was the only female in the house. That made me the queen, and the queen believes treating the queen like a queen — my royalty philosophy.)

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This is my only mounted fish. I’m not a fisherman. The fish is actually yellow ochre, which is a bi-product of iron. I laid it down for the picture.  It’s 2 1/4 inches tall and stands on the shelf over my computer.

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Fluorspar used to be mined in southern Illinois. I was in girl scouts at a child (and leader as an adult). I was picked as one of the 28 girls from our council to attend the Girl Scout Roundup in northern Idaho when I was 16. Scouts also came to it from many other countries too.

Each unit had to take an item to swap. We decided to make bracelet charms with a the octrahedrons. Miners collected the right spar for the cutting. I got to cut them all. I sat in the basement, had reversed pyramids of several sized cut in an old cutting board. Then it was a matter of cutting off the 3 corners, turning it over and making one more cut. The “cut” was a matter of placing a heavy kitchen knife where wanted to cut and hitting it with a hammer.  The one in the picture was one of the few large ones I was able to cut. It measures roughly an inch from point to edge.

It’s also on the shelf over the computer.

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My yoga teacher (a long time ago) took me to a yoga workshop in Arkansas. We stopped at a bead shop where I bought this green turquoise bead. It has an “earth” feel to it.

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This flint isn’t exactly one of my favorite rocks (yet). I found it last year on a hike up on Eagle Mountain (a ridge of hills). Apparently someone/someones found a cache of artifacts and had dumped them out to sort through their find. I gathered up all the chips and tossed them in the woods on our drive off the mountain. The area is known for native American use.

This chip was in the remains they left behind. We don’t have pink flint that I know of in Illinois. Not to mention this piece also has fossils in it. The “donut” shape is a crinoid,  a disc from the stem of a sea lily.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. I’d be happy to have any and all of these in my collection. The second one looks like it was carved and the spiral in the third one is amazing.

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  2. Neat rocks and fossils, just don’t take any of them for granite..:-)))))

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  3. Posted by Therese on February 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Love it. Love it. Love it.

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  4. I could see everything you did in your rocks, I love them! Although I saw your fish, I also immediately saw it as a sailboat if you turned it 90 degrees. Cool findings!

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