Saturday, November 30, 2013

Like a Rubik's Cube

Looking at certain stones made me think of dealing with a Ruby's Cube. Looking at many different planes one after the other. They are not simple stones. With a slight change of angle or a slight change of light, the beak of a bird becomes the mouth of a bear for example. On one " side", an animal, on the other a face. Or a face within a face. Sometimes very very small. I have never solved a Rubik's cube nor ever had the inclination to solve one. But these stones offer a challenge. I don't know anything like these.

A very small one

Saturday, November 9, 2013

An unexpected scene of a kill

This happened last week.
Picked up this chert which had some pink in it .
Later on, in the evening, I took the dirt off for closer examination.
On its flip side I found this startling scene of an animal eating its kill, with the line of darker pink for its blood .

With amazing precision, the mouth tearing at the flesh is depicted.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The fate of a turtle

Many, many stories to be told. Recently I read a post on Ken Johnston's blog about a gentleman who has been studying these kind of stones for the last 50 years!

A couple of weeks ago, I picked this stone, attracted by the unusual shape and thinking that the rounded part had been faceted. On closer examination, it appeared to be a fossil. Then a fossil that looked like a turtle. Then a turtle being eaten by an animal. Then a smaller animal on top of the bigger animal. Then maybe some kind of whale or big fish on the other side...?
How amazing is that?