Merry Christmas to ALL! and Part III Rocks, dirt, and mud insect nests

I hope everyone gets time to celebrate nature this holiday season. 

These are the last of the photos from Tuesday’s adventure.
First big petrified wood!

But wait…there was second big chunk of petrified wood further along!
I like this photo because of the rainbow glare surrounding the sandstone.

The honeycomb rocks were cool in the ravine leading to the dry creek. 

This cone shape was on a piece of sandstone that had chipped off.

This one and the above were only about 2.5cm (1 inch) high. Must have been some harder piece of the sandstone I reckon.

This root was interesting how it twisted around. Wonder what made it change it path going down?
These curious sandstone nodules were about a foot off the bed of the creek on the bank. 

They were probably about 3mm (3/16″) each. If you know how they are formed, please let me know.

The tangle of mud on the slope.

This ledge was about 30cm (1 ft) off the creek bed.

Roots impressions in the embankment. Future fossils?

Maybe some kind of iron in the dirt/sandstone?

Insect nest with a dead spider below.

Insect/wasp nest. Looks like an ancient mask to me.

Very fun three and half hours exploring the grasslands! 

Wishing everyone a very Merry and Safe Christmas!

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  1. Cool petrified wood finds. And I thought the same thing about the mud tangle and root impressions – future fossils. Merry Christmas and here's to more walkabout in the new year!

  2. Yes the pockets of white, loose or loosely consolidated sand is part of the Paluxy formation that supports Western Cross Timbers vegetation.

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