Friday, March 6, 2009

Our August Geode Hunt

In mid-August 2008, I was finally able to take part in a Geode Hunt!

FYI: The following information about geodes was taken from wikipedia:
"Geodes are geological rock formations which occur in sedimentary (here in the Midwest) rocks. Geodes are essentially rock cavities or with internal crystal formations or concentric banding. The exterior of the most common geodes is generally limestone (the exterior is bumpy) or a related rock, while the interior may contain quart crystals.

Other geodes are completely filled with crystal, being solid all the way through. These types of geodes are called nodules .

The size and color of the crystals vary, making the finds that much more interesting."

We drove a few miles south of town, headed east,
parked the cars and started walking.

(A click on a photograph may result in a close-up.)

If you weren't paying attention, you might not think
about the fact that a descent at the beginning means
an ascent at the end of the foray (hopefully with a
loaded bucket or backpack)!

Geode hunters come in all ages!

This bucket load looks intriguing. :-)

Everyone needs to know how to split geodes...

... to see if there's anything interesting inside!

I have a young friend that presented me with a wonderful find of his own.
He even carried it all the way back to the car for me.

And this is what geodes have to do with my gardening...

This geode now resides in my flowerbed!

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I enjoy being outdoors! I also love that I've two children (now grown up with families of their own)and six young grandchildren! :-) Sure would like to see them more often!!