|A rainbow of rocks|
|One of the museum's prize displays|
I recaptured my youth in a big way this past weekend when I found we have a world-class museum (The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals) right here in town...plus a free pass for admission through the library system. You'd never imagine by looking at the exterior of the house what it contains. Here are some of my favorite shots from this amazing place.
|Aptly named picture jasper cross-section. Reminded me of Japanese art.|
|I thought this opal looked like a chicken...daughter said parrot.|
|More of the very cool jasper that looked to me like a painting of a river in the forest|
|Thundereggs--the state rock. Don't look like much on the outside, but open em up...|
|Amazing jade carving..wonder how long it took the artist?|
|A gorgeous array of agates|
|Huge cross-sections of petrified trees|
|More petrified wood. The ones with the big, dark center are palms.|
|The kitchen fireplace (it used to be a house), and my oldest doing some photography of the copper.|
|Little one goes right for the real deal...pure gold, in a huge safe.|
|Beautiful malachite--again, looking like art.|
|I remember doing this as a kid--have to get some started for the girls to grow.|
|Petrified dinosaur nest of eggs.|
|Loved the fossilized starfish.|
|The fossil crabs looked like they might scurry away.|
|New breed of dinosaur, just discovered last decade.|
These shots are just a drop in the bucket. Three hours wasn't nearly enough time, so I'll have to go back again soon.
Of course, we made a stop in the gift shop on the way out, and it was way cool (and jawdroppingly inexpensive to get some neat stuff). Plus the girls got to go through the "discard pile" and choose a freebie to take home...extra bits of amazing rocks left over from when they prepare a display.
And me? I got some rocks (dangly amethyst chip earrings to be exact)...for a dollar...just like the old days. :)