Cool and unusual find in the graveyard: crystal veins in a semi-petrified stump.
I didn’t know what to make of this when I saw if from a distance.
At first, I thought is was the remnant of a pile of snow, then a strangely located chunk of rough cement – maybe a horribly crumbled headstone?
On closer inspection, I decided it is actually a stump.That’s impressive in its own right, because this would have been a big tree, judging by the amount of weathering it shows. But that’s not why I have become fixated on the object.
THIS is the detail that I found most fascinating. In a couple of different sections of the stump, I found veins of mineral crystals. Now I need to understand how something like this happens. Did the crystals form inside the tree while it was alive? Is it possible that the stump – which still features sections that feel like wood – is old enough that the mineral deposit formed after the tree fell?
Are there any mineralogists out there?