What do you suppose this is?
Is it simply a curiously formed rock — a sort of anti-round rock?
Or could it be a native grinding bowl — a sort of natural mortar for grinding grain?
The “bowl” is certainly large enuf to accomodate the typical round rocks we have, which is to say that a grapefruit could easily rest in here with room to spare. The round rocks must have attracted the eyes of the Native Americans who passed this way, and I would guess they would have some actual uses for them besides decoration and conversation.
I first spotted this rock when L and I would hike the fence line in the days before the road. I thought I should move it to some “safer” spot so I could find it again. But I didn’t want to schlepp the thing at the time. And when I kept finding it on our walks, I assumed I wouldn’t lose it after all.
Now the road passes just feet from it, so I could easily stop the truck and lift it into the bed. Then I could haul it to some “safer” spot. But where? And why?
We’re always enroute somewhere when we pass this rock, so I haven’t given it the time and attention my imagination demands. It’s hard to tell from the photo whether there is any obvious grinding evidence in the bowl. And maybe that’s why I haven’t stopped to study it. I may learn that it isn’t what I wish it to be.