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This rock took me years to chisel just right...just kidding I found it in the garden like this!!!
I love it!
I was not exactly a rock anymore, I found an arrowhead.
I love rocks. We have a lot of fossils on the property too
Thanks pretty cool!
I have red clay in my yard so I had to put in raised beds. So, I haven't found any rocks in my garden but I have found several chunks of quartz trying to dig in the red clay. Sadly, we also have a lot of tire chunks that the builders sunk our septic tank with. We've found it all over our yard for years now.
My daughter has a friend whose dad is a geologist. Her friend is major into rocks too and asked her to go to a rock show not too long ago. My daughter thought it would be boring but actually enjoyed it.
Not a rock for me, but a big piece of fossilized bone!
I garden in raised beds, so no cool rocks there, but I love to walk my creek bed that goes dry in summer hunting fossils. I'e found some cool clam-type and snail shell fossils, but mostly I find crinoids--once sections of plant stems, now little stone disks that you can use like beads, as the native peoples in these parts used to do.
An arrowhead as well, back on the farm. I also seem to have a special affinity for finding quartz, found some in the garden there also.
I love rocks. I live on a small hill in a rocky desert. When it rains enough, rocks roll downhill and end up next to my front curb. I now publicly admit to an oddity: I pick up and keep interesting native rocks that have washed downhill to my home. I consider it getting to know the geology of this area that is new to me.
When I moved into my house there were all kinds of rocks some looked like large crystals but the most fun boulder in my yard is a large lava rock boulder that my neighbor's cat would love to sit and watch me while working in the yard. 😊
@Lisa K that is awesome I love volcano rocks and at my previous wanna be homestead I surrounded my strawberries with them which perhaps loved the hot, red rocks even more than I did. Very nutritious for the land as well. Keeps slugs and rabbits from eating up the patch--absolutely love that you are now telling me cats love volcano rock too. I see that it was all in the "plan" now 🦁
@Denise Grant @seeker.nancy - Central Texas if I ever found an arrowhead I'd place it in my chasse au trésor sirène 🧜♀️
@kbmbillups1 yes I have found an apparent affinity for the rocks among the little ones, what wonderful gardening times it sounds like you are having.
@judsoncarroll4 @MaryRowe I have found bones here and there and have wondered sometimes, it is on very virgin territory. So I'm thinking well recent wild animals. How did you know looking at it perhaps it is something interesting you should take in somewhere? You hear of all these Brits collecting Roman artifacts during the pandemic gardening time--maybe I'll get lucky!!!
@shllnzl how do you tend to have your rocks with you, in plants? Out on a windowsill in the sun? Maybe little fairy rock gardens? Anyhow, I keep a few very special ones on tables right around me. I do have a chasse au trésor sirène in which I keep certain special treasures like even a rock that was part of the Berlin wall. One day my little one actually got into the treasure box and it was only a moment later the Berlin wall would have been lost into the garden. 😅
@aprilbbrinkman I have my gemstones in my jewelry and as small decorative items in my bedroom to enjoy any gem health benefits. I also have carved gemstones in curio cabinet.
The house we bought has a fireplace made out of pretty stones, so I consider that part of my collection.
I have larger interesting (clean of course) rocks sitting on plant stands.
My yard was originally built to incorporate local rock, heavy on red sandstone among the desert landscaping. I have placed my found lava stone and other locally gathered rocks out in that landscape.
@aprilbbrinkman For fossils, there are several good field guides available (and no doubt lots of online sites--I haven't checked for those). They tend to favor certain regions or time periods though, so it helps to do a little background reading on the geology of your area, to know what kind of fossils to expect. And of course there's no mistaking fossils for fresh bone or shells, since the fossils are stone.
For recent bones, if you know the wild animals in your area and a little bit about their anatomy, you can probably figure out at least a good guess at identification.
Native American artifacts are harder. An arrowhead is obvious, but other things might be harder to identify, and trying to date or often even to identify most artifacts requires somebody who is very familiar with the native groups and styles in your area and how those change over time. It can be hard to tell something interesting, like a scraper, from a naturally-flaked stone. That's when you call on the local archaeological society or museum.
i have close to 3000 indian artifacts. I carefully cataloged them as to where I found them and what they were by. I found jewelry pieces were the hardest to identify.
That one is very cool. Did not find it in my garden but the rottweiler we had, about two weeks before she passed brought us a heart shaped rock. She had a thing for rocks and would either chew on them or just carry them around. She never brought any into the house. Until she brought us this one heart shaped rock. That was around 15 years ago. We still have her rock. Don't think I will ever let it go.
Not a rock but I found a snake skeleton about a meter long before I started my garden.
@shllnzl love the idea of a fireplace made out of pretty stones. Who built this for you if you don't mind me asking. Which kinds of stones. Anyhow, thanks for your time.
@MaryRowe found this book online:
Also as a mermaid 🧜♀️ I gotsta get this one:
If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them thanks.
@Sharie given where you live did you find out which kind of snake or do you have lots of snake a meter long?!?
@Denise Grant how were you able to identify those? What joy finding such treasures. Do you mind revealing whereabouts generally you found some of your treasures? Don't worry if you cannot. Some mermaids just won't tell. 🧜♀️
@vickeym I encourage you to write more about your beautiful story thank you for sharing.
@aprilbbrinkman The fireplace was already here. It is made of stone tiles. The mantle is rough-cut and must weigh a ton, appears to be carved from local rock.
The wood piece covering the actual fireplace was made by my brother-in-law and stops drafts.
Finding an arrowhead or other artifact is an honor in my opinion. I do everything I can to note where I found it, what is was by and any other artifacts I also weigh it and measure it them draw it on a form made for artifact information.
I have found artifacts in my backyard which is in a valley by a large creek. Its a place people would have settled. Many of my artifacts form here are village related, fishing or preparing hides.
There were many settlement years ago here. You kind of get used to figuring out where arrowheads might be and as I tell people your first one is the hardest to find
You find them by river beds and lakes.
I found the bigger part of my collection near Raleigh NC. I lived there for a few years.
I have had help dating them, either museums or people I know who have hunted them for years. Obe day I will give what I have to a museum but I want to be be seen and not hidden in a back room
I have no idea! I've never actually seen a live snake around but there are some black poisonous ones other people have told me about.
That is stunning @shllnzl!
The only rocks I find in our garden are the ones we put there that have come with horse manure. The manure looks good, and then they scrape the ground in an effort to get it all into the trailer or truck, and there we go. Sigh!
@Annie Kate Thanks.
Nothing like adding more rocks to the garden with the manure.😣
@aprilbbrinkman kind of remotely related but fun. Someone in our local community is placing painted rocks in parks and play areas for mainly kids to find. I suspect lots of big kids also get enjoyment from this. You can either keep them or place them somewhere else for someone to share the love.
We do this in our area too and have a page where you can tell where you found a rock and kind of keep track it them. Its fun and kids love it - of all ages