Stone Creatures

January of 2005, my mother and I were hiking in southeastern Illinois. We met another hiker and somehow got on the subject of yellow lady slipper orchids (whose locations are usually top secret.) This gentleman told us where a small colony of them grew.

Needless to say, we went there, with plans to return in the spring when they would be blooming.


It was cold. It was a remote area. It was beautiful.


I took this picture because of the designs in the rock. While going through picture files recently, I came across this picture and realized it had several “stone faces.”

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I cropped this picture to better show the stone creatures.

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This and the last picture show two other sections of the rock.

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The more I looked, the more creatures I found.

I do have to wonder how so many faces were created in a such a relatively small area.

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A band of sandstone and iron created much different designs.


These designs are called liesegang rings (or bands) and can be quite dramatic at times. These look like hieroglyphics on a scroll. Wish I could interpret.


It was difficult to head for home and leave all the beauty and solitude.


6 responses to this post.

  1. What a beautiful hike. The ice formations on these rocks remind me of long-ago hikes in winter in the Adirondack Mts in New York. Fascinating to see those liesegang rings close-up; what an interesting find!


  2. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on December 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Can you believe this…I am speechless…Me…speechless!!!!
    Amazing! The solitude …. I was there with your writing and photos. I was in nature. The faces are fascinating. I saw so many. The writing on the scroll took the cake! Thank you. God bless. I miss our outings so much.


  3. I’d love to explore that area but I wouldn’t want to be under one of those icicles if it fell. They’re huge.
    The liesegang rings are really interesting. I’ve never heard of them.


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