We had eight hens, black austrolorps, buff orpingtons, rhode island reds. After rain pelted the plains, the girls would go out for a twilight stroll. The uppidy/downy impressions in mud were random markings I never managed to catch in a tight shot.
Today I went to my neighbor Ruth's and she grinned with delight when she told me about gathering rocks last weekend. Had I ever seen Chicken Track Jasper? I'd never heard of it, let alone seen it.
Chicken Track Jasper is mined nearby on the Oregon/Nevada border and is a form of picture jasper.
Discovered in a dry lake bed, its rough outer appearance would be little to crow over and probably bypassed by many. However, as all the treasures of Mother Earth, when cut and polished a remarkably beauty is revealed.
Chicken Track Picture Jasper is noted for its distinct mountain and desert scenery with blue sky and brown mountains.
Metaphysical properties include: stimulates brotherhood; invites protection from danger; for travelers, energy level is enhanced and negativity repelled. It reduces stress, boosts energy and is grounding.
Ruth gave me a splendid piece of Chicken Track Jasper, the sun setting behind pined mountains, river flowing forward into my palm. Thank you, Ruth!
(Thanks to internet for photos.)