Orange Rock

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There are literally hundreds of round rocks at Roundrock. This one just might be my favorite. It isn’t the largest by far. Nor is it nearly perfectly spherical as many are that we have found. But it is the smoothest surface we have come upon, and it is more orange than the others.

This one would look best on a desk holding down a stack of papers. Right now, however, it sits on the ground at the base of a tree overlooking the empty-ish bed of Lake Marguerite.

As you can tell, it is the perfect size to hold in your hand and contemplate as you gaze upon it. With the right concentration (and imagination), you can see a filled lake beyond it, and behind the lake, a nifty earth-sheltered house with lots of little grandchildren scampering about on a spacious patio.

Some people may look at it and just see a rock. Not me!

Missouri Calendar: Average day of last frost in central Missouri.

19 Responses to “Orange Rock”

  1. doubleknot Says:

    Beautiful rock. Now I am going to admit how dumb I am – why are the rocks round? Is water involved because that is the only thing I can think of unless someone made a lot of round rocks years ago for something.

  2. Pablo Says:

    Doubleknot, yes, water is involved, but not in the way you might think. It all goes back to a meteor strike in the area 350 million years ago. Read my Ancient History post for a bit of background on it.

  3. Wayne Says:

    I say fracture it in half and make sure your hypothesis on water entry is correct!

    That way, one side on each will be flat and you’ll have *two* paperweights! And they won’t roll away!

  4. endment Says:

    Your photo sets off the imagination? What stories the rock could tell!

  5. Gin Says:

    Fair warning, round rocks can be a curse simply because of their shape and heft. Like baseballs, they beg to be thrown. We had them on the farm where I originally came from. We also had a neighbor whose bull enjoyed our cows more than his. One morning, I found the rascal on our land lolling in the shade with several of our heifers. “Shoo! Go ‘way!” He looked at me and blinked. “Go home!” I yelled, and accompanied that with flapping arms and hand claps. He blinked at me again, then casually strolled over to the downed fence and then just stood there broadside to me chewing his cud. If this had been his first encroachment, perhaps I would have been more patient, but his visits that spring had become more and more frequent, always at the expense of our fence and sometimes a fence post, as well. I glanced down, found a good round rock about the size of a baseball, reared back and threw it as hard as I could at his side. Now, mind you, at that time I had an arm on me, threw more like a man than a woman. And this particular time, motivation helped that arm. The rock caught the bull just about mid neck, and he went down as if he had been pole axed. Oops…I thought. I killed him. Not so. After a few minutes, he struggled to his feet, stood there wobbling back and forth, then staggered to the fence and walked over it back to his pasture. I’d love to say that was the last time he came visiting, but it wasn’t. I can say that it was the last time I ever threw a rock at an animal I didn’t want to kill. Um, you don’t happen to have a neighbor with cattle, do you?

  6. Hal at Ranch Ramblins Says:

    Gin, I really enjoyed your anecdote.

    Pablo, I can see your filled Lake M. in my imagination now. And it is lined with beautiful redbuds reflecting in the shimmering waters!

  7. Floridacracker Says:

    Wow, Gin needs to go visit Rurality today.

    What’s all that white stuff on the ground?

    Grandkids for one so young?

  8. Pablo Says:

    The white things are rox.

    My daughter is 25. My son is nearly 24 (though in Africa right now). It’s conceivable that I could have grandkids by now.

  9. the farmers wife Says:

    All together now, (sung to the tune of California Dreaming)

    Roundrock dreaming
    on such a winters day ….

    I’m totally with you on this Pablo. I can see all those things also.
    Half the fun of having land like this is standing on the terra firma
    and dreaming. We do it regularly on that mountaintop in Hot Springs.
    It’s good exercise for the brain, and besides that if you don’t have a
    plan and work a plan, nothing happens.

  10. Rexroth's Daughter Says:

    That particular round rock is really a crystal ball, isn’t it? I like what you see when you are gazing into it.

  11. dread pirate roberts Says:

    reminded me of yorick’s skull. but i like your musing too.

  12. Gin Says:

    I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to get so long winded. The tale started telling itself and I didn’t watch what it was doing. [insert embarrassed look here]

  13. edifice rex Says:

    Don’t be embarrassed, Gin. I enjoyed the story! And I enjoyed hearing what you see in the rock too Pablo. I have regularly been standing up in our partially framed house, staring out soon to be windows and looking at my future flower beds, gardens and friends arriving for parties!

  14. Hick Says:

    Bee-utiful rock. I am so fascinated by your round rocks. I wish I could find one here…but I don’t live in a meteor strike zone. Oh well, I’ll just have to settle for yours.

  15. Floridacracker Says:

    Yeah Gin, it was a great tale. I just meant Rurality could use your skills at her place…some kind of cow invasion going on.

  16. Deb Says:

    Once again, you’ve managed to say a lot in one short post. This is the essence of Roundrock. May your visions of earth sheltered house and grandchildren come true while you can enjoy them.

  17. Rurality Says:

    Yep I wish Gin and her strong arm had been here when my latest cow invasion was going on!

    Hmm it’s really going to say something about me if I tell you that this rock reminds me of a cantaloupe, huh? 🙂

  18. Lisa Says:

    On the serious side,
    I just got back from a desert trip over New Year’s in the Anza Borrego desert in CA & we found hundreds of round rocks- also some that were not round, but very strange formations- some even looked like “petrified dog poop” piles! It was very interesting! THey seemed to me to be volcanic rocks of some sort- almost like pumice, but not as light weight. Anyone else familiar with these?

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