Rock Collecting Pictures


Rock Collecting Photos

Gold and Sir and China rock collecting

Welcome! My name is Conrad and I have been rock collecting since 1964. If you include artifacts and arrowheads, it would be since about 1958. My dad found 57 arrowheads in Sonoma County near where he got out of the Air Force after WWII. He offered a dime each for each one after that. A few of the neighborhood kids took him up on his offer, but I kept mine. Later, in the early 60's, I began to collect bottles and coins in addition to rocks. You could trade and compare bottles and coins. You could even put a dollar amount on them. Rocks were different. Most people who collect rocks, collect "pretty" rocks. I looked for unusual looking rocks. Among the first I put into my collection, one looked like a petrified potato, one like fossilized cement, and another one had an image of a duck. Only half of the people I showed them to agreed with what I thought I saw in these unusual stones. Being a sensitive person, I withdrew.

Having lost some of my coins and bottles (and selling some), I noticed my rocks stayed with me. People bought my coins and bottles, but not my rocks. I think I sold my first one in 1969 as a paperweight. It looked like a bird. I was offered a very good amount for one that looked like Babe Ruth hitting a home run. You could make out the number "3" on the Babe's chest, not his back. But I have yet to retrieve it. You see, from 1969 to now, I have moved several times in my life, until 1979 when I began to either remodel old houses for others, or buy my own and remodel them. Several times between acts I would move, and as my collection got bigger, it was harder to lug around. So I ditched my prized pieces of minerals in rivers and creeks around the San Francisco Bay Area. I made maps where I left them. Many times I tried to get it together to collect them and make a museum or a display, but the best way I've found to share them with other rock collectors is this website.

Retrieving the rocks has been a chapter in itself. Some were in state parks, and I was told not to take stones from there. I was careful also to not put stones where they stood out from the surrounding stones. Some I found 30 feet downstream, others 100. Never together, as buried, always single. And along the way I found others. Some I haven't found could be more than a foot below the riverbed. Now we're talking excavation equipment. As you age, your mind and disc drive capacity expands and you find new things that you wouldn't have long ago. My ability to spot things and visions is as good as ever. I now wear reading glasses. After selling my last house, I had a window of opportunity to pull this off. I thought, "it's now or never." So now I've retrieved enough of my rocks to show my collection in public. You can look at the images in the rocks and see if you agree with my descriptions, or in some areas I will ask for help. Some faces I don't recognize as resembling anyone, and sometimes you may see different things in the rocks than I did. Send me your opinions! Also, we will decide if to leave it online or open a museum or display where you can see them in person. These rocks are all still exactly how I found 'em. The images have not been altered in any way. This is my collection of unusual Rocks as Nature Made Them.

- Conrad


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