For decades I have been fascinated by the beauty of rocks. Not one to study in a formal way, my pleasure is a simple enjoyment of the shapes, textures and formations of the rock. I have rocks formed by sand filling up shells that we picked up in Oregon in 1971. These rocks are glued to a piece of flat driftwood picked up on the same beach. They told me they needed to stay together.
Since that trip to Oregon rocks have been my souvenir of choice. I have smooth rocks from the glacial residue of the Dakotas and Great Lakes regions. Flat pieces of shale, granite chips and simple pebbles fill dishes and shelves inside my home. There is the beautifully colored turquoise and deep rose rocks from outside Glacier National Park. A ten inch one is on display on our hearth along with the heart shaped rock from the Grand Teton area.
|Early spring, 2008|
For 10 or 12 years as we worked on the backyard garden our Jeep trips were spent looking for flat rocks. In this part of the world the earth grows rocks so most folks are pleased to have some of the "things" carried away. It was on one of these adventures we found the rock that is featured in our pond standing on edge. It has a hole worn in the middle. Mr. Hole Rock called my name as we drove down one of the dusty side roads on the way to the Adcock home place outside Miller.
|May, 2012 with Mr. Hole Rock in pond.|
Other special rocks are from family members who know my appreciation of them. A large mollusk at the bottom of the sea that once covered Texas is now a rock firmly at home next to my garden pond. Nearby is the petrified log excavated by Gene's Grandpa Harness somewhere in Kansas almost a century ago. Gene's family home had several unique rocks that help form the boundary for the pond. One is the backdrop for the small fountain in a corner of the yard.
|Dry riverbed walkway, 2008 with monster rock near the upside down flower pot.|
Not only do I like the look of rocks, I enjoy the sound of walking on pebbles and rocks. One edge of the yard along the fence that leads to the front is a dry river bed type walkway. Stepping stones surrounded by Alabama Starburst grace many of the small walks in the back yard. Some areas are just the Starburst pebbles. There is a beauty in the sound of walking on the sturdy little pebbles.
|View of Snake River Valley from Signal Mt., Grand Tetons, 2008|