Saturday, May 1, 2010

Out of the Blue

It's Bluebonnet time in Texas and that calls for a drive to soak it up. On our scenic drive we found a jewel amongst the blue. A beautiful red sandstone dry stack that is at least 175 years old. With most of the walls in Central Texas being of white Limestone, this was a nice change. This beautiful stone is a brown-red Cambrian Hickory Sandstone, from the Riley Formation, part of the Llano Uplift. This was just the field stone gathered by the settlers of Sandy, near Johnson City, and little did they envision that this beauty would be standing in the year 2010. We inspected the wonderful mustard leichen and curly grey moss that gives it so much richness. Seeking out these old treasures stirs the armchair geologist in everyone, and makes local history so much more real.