Photo Submissions: Rocks and Fossils

Garden statue in Mary Kings yard Washington, USA By Mary King

Hello Nature-Led friends, I hope you are ready for May because May is ready for you!

I politely stole the above image from Mary’s Facebook page. I say polite because I said, “Hey, can I steal this?” And she said, “Yes, but does it follow the rules?” And I said, “Yes, because I make the rules!” Hahaha. What I see is an adorable angelic kola bear. According to Mary it’s actually an adorable angelic rabbit. Well, I hope you’ll agree it’s an adorable chunk of concrete at any rate. Concrete is technically made up of two types of aggregate: fine (typically sand) and coarse (usually gravel, crushed stone, or recycled concrete. There is currently a race going to reinvent concrete as we know it to make it more sustainable either by making it porous enough to anchor plant life or by sequestering carbon. (See links below)

Our rockstar for sending pictures so quickly and nicely labeled is Kerfe of New York City, USA. Please enjoy the rocks of New York’s famous Central Park:

Rocks of Central Park New York NY USA By Kerfe April 2023. &

Thanks to Kerfe!, These rocks look like a nice spot to sit and read a book. I heartily approve!

Dinah shares with us some rocks from here and over there.

Near her home in Australia:

Lambert’s Lookout in Australia By Dinah

Pet rock or prehistoric glyph? By Dinah

A prehistoric pet rock.

Then there was that time Dinah went to Spain…

Somewhere on the Malaga coast Spain By Dinah

What a nice little beach protected by rocks.

Rock wall somewhere on the Malafa coast of Spain By Dinah

I love rock walls and this one is particularly interesting with the variety of shapes and sizes of rocks. They must have used mortar to keep it all together. The purple flowers are nice too.

If you’re going to travel, one must do so fashionably. I’ve never been accused of being fashionable, so fortunately we have Marika Stone to show us what a rocktastic accessory looks like.

Petrified wood belt buckle By Marika Stone Florida USA

She may or may not have been wearing this fabulous accessory when she spied a rock owl talisman…

Owl talisman By Marika Stone

As many of you are likely aware, the owl represents wisdom in many cultures, but additional attributes vary beyond that. Some cultures view the owl with positive attributes such as protection, while other consider the sight of an owl an omen of death.

What about finding this on the beach?

Stone spirals Overstrand, North Norfolk, England Oct 2019 By Inexplicable Device: “But Where Are The Knockers?”

I’m a big fan of circles, I think it’s quite possibly my favorite shape. I love the beautiful transitions of size and shapes of these rocks. IDV has a good eye for design. The links in both captions will take you to additional photos from his posts.

Chalk fossil Overstrand, North Norfolk, England Feb 2021 By Inexplicable Device: Misty Mysteries

These nice protective rocks below help keep the jetty in place. The Reynolds family is very fond of this jetty and adjacent inlet.

Protective rocks in Jupiter Florida By Mary Reynolds

Today Ms Scarlet closes our rocks and fossil photo submissions with a stacked duck and rock fudge. It seems only fitting that we should start with whimsy and finish with whimsy.

Pink “fudge” rock Clovelly beach UK By Ms Scarlett

A rock duck at Duckpool in Cornwall, England along with some other balance rocks By Ms Scarlet

I think the duck is riding a unicycle. I love the color and composition of the other picture.

May the blessings of the Angelic Kola Bunny and Unicycle Rock Duck hail the start of a wonderful week and month! May you also have the wisdom and protection of the Owl.

Photo Submissions for May?

We’re about to round out our first full year of photo submissions! Yippee! We’ve got three blank months that still need a subject matter: May, June and July. Lets hear more of your great ideas!

Maybe grasses? Bamboo is a grass and there’s lots of ornamental grasses and grass-like perennials to choose from. Pictures taken for the month of the subject are great, but it’s okay if you want to use a picture you already have. We do this for fun and the enjoyment of nature.

How about water? Lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans. This should be a fairly common subject to photograph, yes?

Let me know in the comments.

Photos Submissions Monthly List:

January: Moss & Lichen

February: Ferns & Unexpected Blooms

March: Skies & Moon

April: Rocks & Fossils




August: Unknown Paths

September: A Tree

October: Leaves

November: Mushrooms & Fungi

December: Nature At Rest


Bioreceptive concrete – Respyre –

Carbon Sequestering Concrete – Greenbiz –

Don’t forget your rocks…and fossils!

Greetings Nature-led friends!

I’m constantly writing posts for you in my head, but when its time to sit down and write them something more pressing always needs to be done. I could really use a WordPress mind reader app. You wouldn’t want people reading your mind all the time, but imagine if you could think the words, *Begin post* and then write with your mind and add images. Think of all the millions of images we see in our lifetime, being able to recall and image and plug it into a post or book manuscript would be amazing! It would save so much time too!

I’m a visual thinker and experiential learner. I can do something once and then teach it to others. I see words in complete sentences and paragraphs with appropriate white space and font size. I visualize music and numbers in colors. Zero is white with a halo back shadow, one is white outlined in black, two is blue, three is red,…12 is purple.

In one of my early jobs, I worked as a long-distance telephone operator. At the end of the night my mind would purge all the credit card numbers as they scrolled before my closed eyelids like movie credits. I accidentally spooked a regular caller once when he dropped his card while reading off the numbers and I cheerfully said, “It’s okay. I know them.” Oops. I’m well aware that complete strangers don’t want to know I have their credit card number accidentally memorized. A missed opportunity for a life of crime I know.

Wait! That’s not what this post is about. I got distracted. Thoughts like butterflies and all that…

Send me your rock and fossil pictures!

The deadline is this Sunday, April 30th.

I’ve only received pictures from two people, Kerfe and Mary Reynolds. Thank you both!

Here’s some inspiration. A couple of pictures of the petrified wood that I inherited from one of my grandfathers back in the 1980s.

Assorted Petrified Wood Samples By Melanie Reynolds

and this one that usually ends up as a door stop in the summers:

Large Petrified Wood

It’s as big as my hands and I have big hands for a woman! It’s also appropriately heavy for something that’s been turned to stone.

About Petrified wood:

If you want more pictures of rocks and fossils, including a cool Cave Bear Skeleton visit/revisit my road trip to Montana last summer.

Have a lovely week! Don’t forget to play outside.

Updated 4/25/2023 @ 7:58pm (PST) to include the Photo submission Guidelines

The Fine Print:  Photo Submissions Guidelines

Email to:, Subject line: Photo Submission for [month] (Multiple months of photos in one email is fine.) Image: Attached as a .JPEG or .PNG file preferred. Captions each picture: Subject in the photo (if known), State/Providence & Country, Date (optional). Your name as you want it to appear, Your blog link (if you have one.) 

Feel free to add any interesting notes about a picture. I love interesting stories behind things! Let me know if it’s just for ‘my eyes only’ or if I can share any part of it with your photo. Pictures must be your own or you have permission from the Photographer to share it. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. This is a free, fun, community site about nature. Non-commercial and ad free.