I recall a moving company questioning whether I really wanted them to load a garbage can full of rocks into the truck for a move across country. I said, "Yes, of course." Since then, I have been more cautious in collecting rocks. This last week, I was tempted again.
Richardson's Rock Ranch in central Oregon allows guests to dig for geodes past where the cattle graze. A friend and I hoped to go find of the few small geodes, but the spring thaw had flooded the roads to the site. Instead, the two of us wandered the aisles of the rock store and when the rain let up, walked through the piles of rocks in the front yard. (First photo above.) Few of rocks were from Oregon.
|Decidous leaf fossil found at Fossil, Oregon's digging site.|
I tried to keep my collection to mostly artistic snapshots. The rocks in these three photos are all tiny. The new grass and shadow of dried flower heads give them scale.
If you live anywhere within a day's drive to the Fossil area, I encourage you to take a trip there. The John Day Fossil Beds National Park comprises three separate parks. Adele and I visited the Painted Hills area.
We stayed on the designated trails, unlike some thoughtless soul with their thick-soled shoes.
Adele and I left only our fleeting shadows.
|Adele Bining gets the photo credit.|