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Really Like My Rocks

One thing I really like is my rocks, and I HAVE rocks!

I have them in the house and outside.

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This pile is roughly 25 feet long and 3-4 feet high. These are mostly from wet-weather streams and creeks. I used these for edging flower beds and making paths.

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I carried in all these sandstone rocks for a reflexology path, and bought the river gravel.

I had several more gardens when I was younger. I even had a Kid’s garden for families and school groups.

My two remaining gardens (moon and butterfly) are plenty to keep me busy now.

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Notice how clean these stones look? That’s because they’re a little further from the highway, and are under a pine and a hackberry tree.

We live on a busy highway just outside of town. It wasn’t so busy until a few years ago when they started mining coal just three miles south of our house. There are two other mines in the area. One of them also hauls coal past our house. This translates into 24 hours a day of trucks “running” the highway. They do take off on weekends from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.

A tarp covers the bed of every truck. Apparently plenty of coal dust gets into the air anyway. Our old cistern and the rocks on it are turning darker and darker from coal dust. The cistern is 56 yards from highway with the end our house in between. Rocks from a stream my mother and I used to hunt are on the cistern and are dark now.

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Notice where the lower part of the rock chipped off, and what the natural color of the rock should be. All the rocks around it are also a matching dark gray color.

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I took this stone in the house and scrubbed it with soap and a tooth brush.

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 This shows how the rock won’t return to its natural state.

I do counts occasionally of how many semi’s drive by in an hour. I count them for 15 minutes and multiply by 4. The lowest number was 128, and the highest so far has been 164!

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This stone is farther back in the backyard. I’d be sick if it got covered with coal dust. It’s always looked like a Monet to me.

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And then there are what I call my “prehistorics.” They look like the faces and heads of prehistorics creatures. I have about 50 of them at the base of my moon garden.

Now, I’m thinking what to do about this situation. Where do I move my stones to that might also be affected at some point?

I want them where I can enjoy them.

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Among the Fossils

Buffy and I commonly walk loops around the backyard. The loop passes solitary rocks, piles of rocks … rocks and more rocks.

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This particular loop walk took me by a small pile of fossil rocks. I turned the longest rock over to see what fossils were on the underside, and there was a teeny-tiny spider.

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It’s body was 3/16th of an inch long! The stripes on its abdomen became obvious when I turned the rock toward the sun.

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The rock was filled with brachiopods (shells) and the round discs of crinoid stems.

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 It looked as if the spider was over a cavity. I wondered where it would spend the winter. Would it even survive the winter?

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After a little research, I now think it was an immature daddy-long-legs. Its legs were definitely LONG!

I was so surprised to find a spider on the 17th of December, especially such a teeny one.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

Colorado Potato Beetle

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I wonder what a Colorado potato beetle was doing in the rocks of my reflexology stone path? I live in southern Illinois. Their range does include  most of the United States and Canada.

Open To Suggestions

I was rearranging rocks one morning and found this egg sac attached to the underside of a rock.

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The whole egg and “shell” measured less than 3/8 inch.

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One side of it broke lose from the rock and flipped over.

One side was more transparent than the other.

I’ve never seen one before.

I have no idea how it was made and then have the egg on the inside.

If anyone knows anything about this curiosity, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

Rock Humor

I inherited the gene from my mother that compels me to collect rocks.

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There are heart-shaped rocks,

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stone people,

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and even prehistoric creatures.

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Then add petrified wood

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and marine fossils.

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Who would ever expect to find three stone ice cream cones?

The ice cream cones were found on different outings. They were all in gravel dredged from the Ohio River at Shawneetown Illinois.

River Gravel Finds

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My mother (above ) and I used to hunt for rocks and fossils in gravel dredged from the Ohio River.  The gravel is sorted by size and piled for sale.

My best friend went with us on this trip.We hunted the smaller size gravel.

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I hunted for fossils and interesting rocks. I arranged these above as a sampling of what fossils could be found.

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These fossils, plus arrowhead,  made sure they got my attention.

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I knew this was a piece of a mammoth tooth when I found it.

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It was something I never expected to find. The piece measures 1 1/8 inch long.

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  There’s no telling how far this arrowhead traveled down the river before being dredged out. It measures 2 7/8 inch long.

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This bone was in no way expected. Ones that have seen it say it’s human. I have no idea and don’t know how to tell. It’s 3 inches long.

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It feels like stone. It’s heavy like stone.

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I brought this one home because of the colors, having no idea what it was.

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It turned out to be a piece of mammoth tooth too and measures 1 1/4 inch at the widest.

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My opinion differs from others on this last stone. It measures roughly 1 1/4 wide wide and is 1/2 inch tall at the tallest. It is a rock. To me it looks like a slice of bone. It’s relatively smooth on the outside. Areas on the inside appear slightly porous.

Obviously, I had a GOOD day!

Luckily, I drove, otherwise,  I probably would’ve been walking home.

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I didn’t find this last arrowhead until 2 summers ago when I was cleaning the river gravel along the side of my moon garden. Since it’s sandstone, I thought it might have been made by maybe someone learning how to chip arrowheads. It measures 2 1/2 inches long.