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Monday, January 30, 2012

A Still Life: Scottish Stones

Remember I mentioned that one of our souvenirs from Scotland was 53 pounds of rocks?  In fact, several of you have asked “why?” we would want to bring home rocks.  

Well, it is time to do something with them!  I found some inspiration in a photo challenge from “I Should Be Folding Laundry”, and decided the perfect thing would be to make a still life.

Gneiss, granite, basalt, gabbros, greywacke, and some I haven’t yet identified.

So many were banded.  Some were twisted like a wrung out rag, while others were ruler straight. 

The patterns are fabulous.

A closer look.  Every pattern is natural and goes thru the stone.  Incredible, yes? 

The long one standing upright is longer than my forearm and the big grey one on the left is the size of a small watermelon.  And that is what 50 pounds of Scottish rocks look like (I’ve used some for other purposes – you’ll see them pop up here and there).   

Do you see why we brought them home?


  1. I do NOT think you were crazy for bringing home rocks! Not these rocks anyway! I brought home rocks from Arizon a few years ago because they were so cool looking. Not THIS cool looking, but they were to me. I would most definitely have yours on display too! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Hi Teri,
    I completely understand why you brought them home with you- gorgeous!! However, I know how much overweight bags cost with the airlines- so these beautiful stones cost a pretty penny but no doubt worth it!
    Thanks for the romance tips- and yeah I´m media dependent but would definitely have my priorities in the right place on a romantic trip with the Captain ;-))
    Have a great evening!!!

  3. Pretty! My mom is a rock-o-holic (and not the music kind), so I completely understand bringing rocks home.

  4. I brink rocks home from vacation, too. I completely understand. Those are VERY cool.

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