Sometimes people gift me with rocks.
Growing up, we always looked forward to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown never got any goodies in his Halloween treat bag. Poor guy. As Halloween evening wore on, he grew resigned to his ill luck. While the other kids in the Peanuts gang, minus Linus and Sally who are in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin, excitedly exclaim over their cookies and candied apples, Charlie Brown quietly says, "I got a rock."
So, I wasn't surprised when, a few years ago, my dad gave me a rock with my name on it for Christmas. My brother received the same gift with his name on it. We fulfilled our dad's expectations by looking sad and telling each other: "I got a rock." We really were unhappy when it was time to lug them home from his house.
Large deposits of limestone prove Kansas was once a sea. Central Kansas is famous for stone posts. Turn one on its side and, voila, people know your name, or the name of your business, or your favorite sports team.
The two large, shapeless rocks at both ends below are also Kansas limestone.
I've been dragging rocks home with me for years. Mostly from Colorado. Sometimes I pack less so there is more room for an extra specimen or two.
Rule 16: If I can get it to the vehicle and load it up by myself, I can take it home.
My rock collection/display isn't finished. I think I need to fill in the gaps with some sand or black lava rock. So far the gophers haven't chewed through the weed barrier.
Rainbow rock. Kind of reminds me of a Tequila Sunrise. 🍹
I think the pattern in the little guy at top left looks like a whale.
Actually, the design formed is a nice example of Liesegang rings.
Texas holey rock, or honeycomb limestone. Apparently, this is popular in home aquariums.
Sandstone ribbon rock.
Iron oxides, manganese oxides, and other impurities can cause bright and contrasting colors in sandstone.
Banding is due to layers of deposits with differing characteristics. Sandstone is formed in many deposits, and the resulting layers can be very different from previous layers.
See the patina, or desert varnish, on the dark rock on the left?
Sometimes the sand is courser or finer than the previous layer, and this difference causes the banding.
Whenever I go for a hike, my eyes are usually on the ground instead of the scenery. Besides my rock collection, I've come home with a handful of arrowheads and points and functional tools.
Technically, these are a continuation of the rock collection since they are knapped from chert and flint.
Rocks aren't necessarily objects to craft into tools and structures. They can be weapons.
I don't think the shape of this one is coincidental. The smaller end of this five-pound rock fits comfortably in the hand for up close, personal combat. It could also be used as a pestle. Attach a stout piece of wood to the waist, and it's a hammer or the infamous blunt object. Attach a length of leather, and it is as effective but weightier than a bar of soap in a tube sock, for all the guys who remember carrying those in their trunk.