Friday, May 25, 2007

Towels, Jedis, quartz and something intriguing

Greetings to all for Towel Day and the Universal Day of the Jedi. I know they seem unrelated to the topic at hand, but nothing really is. It's my son Jonas's 20th birthday as well. Great time of year!
In the wood near where I live, there's lots of quartz and jasper. The above is an example of the kind of thing that's strewn all around there.

I brought home some white stones after a long walk picking them up in several areas. Next day when I washed them, I noticed this one. The pictures above and below are the back and front. It's unlikely, I know, but I keep thinking it could be a tool, a kind of scraper. It has a nice edge, and it fits perfectly in my hand.

If it is a tool, it could be ceremonial. I had to photograph the whiter side in the shade because it is very shiny. The bluer-looking parts are clear quartz. And a point toward the bottom in the picture is actually a clear crystal, although it doesn't show in this light. Whether or not it's a tool, it's a pretty and unusual thing. Needless to say, it didn't go out in the garden like the rest of the stones. I just wish I knew which area I picked it up in. I wasn't expecting tools or anything, so I wasn't keeping track.

Any input is welcome.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Ringing Rocks, Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania

This post is made up of photos of just one formation, a roughly sphere-shaped stone that we couldn't help but notice from the trail. I make no claims about it being man made or placed. I just took the pictures because after years of noticing rocks I would have to say this was one of the most extraordinary rocks I've ever seen.
In the above picture, you can see a flat stone lodged in the ground, edge-up. It was one of two.

These pictures are from all sides of this boulder and you can see it is round from every angle.

There were places where it almost looked as if chips had been knocked off it in order to shape it, as in the above if you click on and enlarge it. But that could be natural action happening. The type of rock at Ringing Rocks is completely different from any I've run across at stone sites in eastern PA and New Jersey. Completely different consistency from sandstone, quartz, shale, limestone, even the gneiss at the Oley Hills site. Funny stuff, really, and it seemed lighter than most per volume.

How large was this boulder? I probably came up to the flake or close to it, on its lowest side, and I'm 5' 3".

I mention this formation because I don't think anyone could come here, regarding this as a special or sacred place, and not notice this boulder. Even if it was in no way formed artificially, which is likely, I am certain that it was noticed. There are a number of extraordinary-looking boulders at Ringing Rocks, but this stood out.