small polished stones


Devil’s Marbles, Northern Territory, Australia

Two things I learned to do well as a kid were run fast and throw rocks accurately, usually not at the same time.

These were valuable skills that came in handy, especially when crossing paths with a bully. A member of the high school track team, I was usually faster than anyone I’d run against or from. I could also knock cans off a fence post from fifty paces so if you wanted to mess with me you had to take me by surprise.

I actually knocked a pigeon out of the air once but I felt so bad about it I never tried to pull that one off again. The bird was stunned, hit the ground, and then got up and flew away. I felt bad (I never thought I could hit him) but I had learned my lesson and from then on left the birds in the air. I guess he took one for the flock.

All this just to say I have an appreciation for rocks that goes way back. Take a look:

Rocks in the Boise River, Sunset
Hard Textures

I don’t have a record of where I took this one, but I still see what I saw then.

Sandstone Wall at the Quarry on Table Rock Butte, Boise, Idaho

Some rocks have character (or maybe are characters).
Easter Island, Chile
A huge round boulder at the Devil’s Marbles (Karlu Karlu), Northern Territory, Australia
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory, Australia

Ayers Rock is a huge monolith in the Red Centre of the Northern Territory and as such it can be called a rock. There is a trail leading to the top that is very doable if you’re younger than me, which I was when I did it.

Rock formation near Wickiup, Arizona

This pile up I spied from the highway while driving south of Kingman and couldn’t help but pull over and traipse back for a portrait.

Fallen Boulders at the Quarry, Table Rock Butte, Boise
(Just kiddin’)

I’m one of those people who will pick up a rock from a special place I’m visiting and put it in my pocket, just to take a piece of that place back with me. Most of the time it’s much easier to take a photo.


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