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Petrified

I have a small basket in which I keep a number of stones. They are not precious ones in any sense but they have somehow caught my imagination in various ways. Some I have bought, others I have simply found. I often pick up the basket and thumb through them and what I see never ceases to make me wonder.

Take , for instance, one of the larger stones. No more than a couple of inches across, brown and nondescript but when I turn it over it hides a secret. Who knows where or how or when this stone was broken. It is smooth one side but underneath it is rough and there hidden within it is a small fossilised sea shell and now so much a part of the stone that it is inseparable. It has become petrified, quite literally turned to stone.

When I hold that stone in my hand I imagine that once it was liquid heat bubbling up into the sea and somehow that little shellfish got caught up in the flow and when the mineral cooled the shellfish was embalmed within it for ever.

I wonder at the age of that stone I am holding so casually in my hand...


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AliCanary wrote on February 19, 2015, 10:49 AM

Ooh, that's neat! It's pretty cool to have your very own fossil.

maxeen wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:00 PM

I have saucers and ceramic dishes full of stones that I find /pick up .. I am a compulsive stone collector.just having a glass of red wine with friends on the way but tomorrow I shall take a photo of mine . Love the little shell .great....

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:11 AM

I wonder about the owner of the seashell. I wonder about the struggle or joy of being such a creature.

Coffee wrote on February 25, 2015, 10:35 AM

Isn't nature wonderful? I bet you must spend ages just looking at that!?

bestwriter wrote on February 26, 2015, 10:27 PM

What you think could be true after all. Everything has a past.

cheri wrote on February 28, 2015, 5:55 AM

I used to collect small stones when I am having out of the town trips. I am simply amused by them.