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Beach Stones and Sand Formations: A Michigan Rock Hound's Pictorial Paradise

Updated on November 21, 2017

Brief February Snow Melt Reveal Beach Stone Clusters

Septarian Brown Stones and Basalt lying on Lake Michigan Beach called Pier Cove in SW Michigan
Septarian Brown Stones and Basalt lying on Lake Michigan Beach called Pier Cove in SW Michigan
The rush of the snow melt over Pier Cove Creek reveals Septarian Brown Stones
The rush of the snow melt over Pier Cove Creek reveals Septarian Brown Stones
The rush of the Pier Cove Creek moves the sand exposing Septarian Brown Stones
The rush of the Pier Cove Creek moves the sand exposing Septarian Brown Stones

Rare Stones on Lake Michigan Beach

I've had a fascination with stones ever since I was a little girl. These days, I love to collect them and spread them around my garden landscape. Years ago, after moving into the region bordering Van Buren and Allegan Counties of Southwest Michigan, I became fascinated when I discovered Septarian brown stones lying on the nearby beaches of Lake Michigan. These naturally tumbled stones are extremely rare and are found only in one other location around the globe; curiously, India. The reddish brown stone is part of the bedrock in the region, it's a type of sedimentary clay mud stone infused with iron, but not all possess the telltale veining. The white veins of the Septarian are filled with a type of calcite rock mineral composed mostly from seashells and corals. The ancient mud stones often cracked during their formation, and later, the calcite and other minerals like quartz or pyrite contained in the ground water, seeped in, gradually hardening and filling in the fissures. Common names for them include Turtle Stone, Pudding Stone or Lightening Stone for their striking veining appearance. Other common stones found among the brown stones are granite and basalt smoothed by the wind and wave action. The deep gray colored stones of basalt provide a conspicuous contrast from the warm reddish brown tones of the mud stones!



Basalt, Sandstone and Limestone Commonly Found on Pier Cove Beach

I've collected quite a few beach pebbles through the years and have compiled them to create a soothing work of art (shown below). Most of the pebbles are volcanic igneous basalt rock. Basalt is typically colored grey to black with a fine grain. They underlie more of Earth's surface than any other rock type. In fact, most areas within Earth's ocean basins are underlain by basalt. The basalt stones with flecks in them have been induced with feldspar minerals within the lava flow.

If you'll notice in the photograph below and several others, there are a few light colored pebbles mixed in. They likely are limestone or sandstone.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of calcium carbonate fossils and algae held together by dissolved minerals. It forms at the bottom of oceans and lakes. Limestone can be bluish gray to tan. The brown and yellow shades are usually caused by iron oxide impurities and the dark gray to black colors are caused by organic material.

Sandstone forms when small quartz sand grains, made with broken rocks, cement together from high pressure or when calcium carbonate or quartz precipitates and acts like a glue around the grains. Sandstone may be any color due to impurities within the minerals, including tan, brown, yellow, red, grey, pink, white, and black.

Beach pebbles found on Pier Cove Beach mostly basalt volcanic rock
Beach pebbles found on Pier Cove Beach mostly basalt volcanic rock

Southwest Michigan recently enjoyed a temporary relief from February winter with 50 degree temps. As a result, the snow melt replenished Pier Cove Creek with a steady stream of crystal clear water. It even caused a washout on the road paved over the culdesac which allows the flow to Lake Michigan. But the good news is, the rushing water uncovered the secret glory of the stones. They become buried under sand during summer months, so it's a much appreciated sight for this rock hound.

Pier Cove creek in route to Lake Michigan before  culdesac wash out under Blue Star Hwy.
Pier Cove creek in route to Lake Michigan before culdesac wash out under Blue Star Hwy.
Brown Stones and more in Pier Cove Creek during snow melt with rushing water flow.
Brown Stones and more in Pier Cove Creek during snow melt with rushing water flow.

Snow Melt Formations

With the rapid snow melt, unusual patterns in the sand created by the wind and frozen ice cover, are finally revealed. Much of the sand formations hold their shape due to the freezing temperatures along the steep banks of the creek and the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Patterns of Frozen Sand on Banks of Pier Cove Creek
Patterns of Frozen Sand on Banks of Pier Cove Creek
Patterns of Frozen Sand on Banks of Pier Cove Creek
Patterns of Frozen Sand on Banks of Pier Cove Creek
Close up of intricate frozen sand patterns on banks of Pier Cove Creek
Close up of intricate frozen sand patterns on banks of Pier Cove Creek
Close up of intricate frozen sand patterns on banks of Pier Cove Creek
Close up of intricate frozen sand patterns on banks of Pier Cove Creek
Frozen ripples lying on the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Pier Cove Beach in SW Michigan
Frozen ripples lying on the shoreline of Lake Michigan on Pier Cove Beach in SW Michigan
Sand ripples suspended by ice on the shoreline of Lake Michigan at Pier Cove Beach!
Sand ripples suspended by ice on the shoreline of Lake Michigan at Pier Cove Beach!

Snow Mounds Pose Hidden Danger

There were many curious beach lovers coming and going this particularly warm February day in 2011. Some of them dared walk beyond the beach onto the ice covered shoreline of Lake Michigan. When standing still on the frozen shoreline, you could hear the trickling of water moving under your feet, and crackling sounds too. A few people did fall in, but luckily, the water is never very deep close to the shore. The greatest danger is at the crest of the huge ice mounds. From the vantage point at the very top of the ice hills, a person has no way of knowing whether he/she is walking on the edge of a hollowed out overhang caused by the constant waves crashing down below. It's very unstable there. Unfortunately, every year when temps rise, someone on the western shores of Lake Michigan drowns in the chilling water when the ice shelf gives way under their feet. It's just best to resist temptation and stay back from the peaks, especially soon as temperatures rise in early Spring.

Danger lurking where people venture on the Ice Shelf at Pier Cove on Lake Michigan
Danger lurking where people venture on the Ice Shelf at Pier Cove on Lake Michigan
Safe to walk on this side of the 25 ft ice piles of Lake Michigan's winter ice shelf
Safe to walk on this side of the 25 ft ice piles of Lake Michigan's winter ice shelf
Ice balls like these along Lake Michigan shoreline at Pier Cove likely caused the sand patterns in the photo below and the  ghostly image shown below it?
Ice balls like these along Lake Michigan shoreline at Pier Cove likely caused the sand patterns in the photo below and the ghostly image shown below it?
Frozen sand patterns remain suspended on Pier Cove Beach
Frozen sand patterns remain suspended on Pier Cove Beach
Casper the friendly ghost looking at you!
Casper the friendly ghost looking at you!
First melt of Lake Michigan ices shelf creates streams on the beach.
First melt of Lake Michigan ices shelf creates streams on the beach.

Winter Returns

A few days after the unusually warm February weather, I revisited Pier Cove Beach. A sprinkling of ice and snow mix began to fall with a million tink, tink, tinks against the frozen beach sand! Aaaah, the sounds of nature! The barrage of new crystallized snow landed between the stones illuminating them from their usual neutral sandy colored backdrop.

Snowfall illuminates brown stones from nuetral color of sand along the banks of Pier Cove Creek
Snowfall illuminates brown stones from nuetral color of sand along the banks of Pier Cove Creek
Septarian Stone on Pier Cove Beach in Southwest Michigan
Septarian Stone on Pier Cove Beach in Southwest Michigan
Brown stones embedded with seashells and crinoids are common on Pier Cove Beach.
Brown stones embedded with seashells and crinoids are common on Pier Cove Beach.
A display of marbled gray granite and brown mud stone embedded with tiny fossils on Pier Cove Beach
A display of marbled gray granite and brown mud stone embedded with tiny fossils on Pier Cove Beach

Granite Found on Pier Cove Beach

Through the years, I have also gathered lots of large granite rocks and pebbles at Pier Cove beach, which are often tumbled smooth into bird egg shapes. I find them so beautiful that I have compiled numerous glorious pebbles for a photographic work of art (Shown Below).

Granite makes up 70-80% of Earths crust. It forms from the slow crystallization of magma deep below Earth's surface. Granite is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica and other minerals. It's various colors correlate with the percentage of each mineral component contained in a sample.

Quartz - typically milky white color.

Feldspar - typically off-white color.

Potassium Feldspar - typically salmon pink color.

Biotite (black mica mineral) - typically black or dark brown color.

Muscovite (mica mineral- typically metallic gold or yellow color.

Amphibole (mineral supergroup) - typically black or dark green color

Granite (Bird Egss) collected from Pier Cove Beach Lake Michigan
Granite (Bird Egss) collected from Pier Cove Beach Lake Michigan

Pier Cove

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      Hilary Coles 5 weeks ago

      I found some stones exactly like the Septarium Brown Stones on the beach at Lindisfarne, Northumberland U.K. and have been trying to find out what they are ever since as I have not seen them anywhere else

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      Chris 3 months ago

      This is not a dog friendly beach in 2017

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      Lori Veldheer 20 months ago

      Hi!

      I came across this on Pinterest because I love these stones. I pinned it and wanted to find out where else in the world they are found so I started reading. I cannot believe what I read! I have also collected most of mine from Pier Cove Park! Such a small world!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You chose a great subject here. Love the beautiful photos.

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      Kathi 2 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh gosh, I really appreciate all the wonderful recent comments from mutual stone hounds like hostaguy, BAMwer, Sharing a Bit, peachpurple, Arachnea, kittydreamer, Peggy W, and Kristen!

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      frank nyikos 2 years ago from 8374 E State Rd 45 Unionville IN 47468

      Fabulous images! Funny how the most beautiful place on earth is right outside one's front door.

      I love stones too. I have interesting ones scattered all over the house. When ever I find one I pick it up. I pack them up when it is too hard to find a nook or cranny to put even one more. So, I of course have countless boxes, plastic containers and glass jars full of past stones in the crawl space waiting to be rediscovered all over again.

      Thanks for the good read and eye candy

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      Beverly Werner 2 years ago from Catasauqua

      Beautiful pictures - awesome!

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      Shelli Godinho 2 years ago from Ontario, California

      Amazing and breath taking. I also love stone/rocks. I have collected so may over the years I decided to let others enjoy them as well. I created wire wrapped pendants. I also love taking pictures but my infatuation is the sky and clouds.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      The beach stones colors are beautiful, an artwork naturally

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      I have always enjoyed collecting shells and stones from the beach. It's been a while though. Interesting topic for a hub. Shared.

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

      Oh my goodness! I so enjoyed the photos in this hub, Fossillady! What beauty in nature. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, our garden is also adorned with many rocks found and brought back from various locations...vacation trips, and the like. I loved this hub! Your photography is absolutely beautiful and stunning. I have never seen a Septarium brown stone. Interesting that the only 2 locations in the world is where you live and in India. Clicked every up vote except funny and will share this far and wide. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Just came across this beautiful hub! We love Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and have collected a lot of these stones. Such a beautiful area!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub and lovely photos! I loved collecting precious stones from the Jersey shore when I was little---along with seashells, too. Plenty of useful information for a rock collector.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hmm, would need to see it. Sounds interesting. Where did you find it?

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      Catherine Kirby 4 years ago

      i have found a dark grey rock 3 inch by 3 inch by 1 and a half inch but very smooth with what appears to be a white crystal perfect ring right round it in the middle , can anyone shed any light on what may of caused this or has anyone seen this type of rock before please

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Rolly, Good to see you, your hunch is right, you should see my landscaping . . . rocks everywhere, lol, but not necessarily the rare septarium. There's a secluded beach with oodles of large granite stones which I've collected. I like to collect smoothed small stones too, some look like bird eggs and lots of others are soft muted colors of grays,pinks and purples. Crazy for rocks, Hugs, Kathi

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Fossillady... wow what a great collection of photos and your words of sharing. Loved it.

      Something tells me that you probably bring as many home as you can. I started a collection years ago, even with the dates and locations where I found them.

      Great read and thank you for all the hard work...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh thank you Sid, you may come back anytime, I'm glad you feel calm when viewing the sand, snow and rocks! :O)

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thank you! I've come back for another visit to calm my mind. Sand, snow, and rock create such beauty together.

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Outstanding in every way!!! :)

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      Matt 5 years ago

      Cool. Michigan beach stones are so colorful and diverse. Some are 2 billion years old.

      Cheers

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Great hub! Reminds me of a series I once did in South Wales in the UK.

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      Steven Gray 5 years ago from Pensacola, Florida

      Beautiful images; thanks for sharing.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Such rich colors. Thank you. Just gazing at these is a beautiful meditation.

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      george 5 years ago

      barca

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I love these photos! I am a bit of a rock hound myself. Wherever I go on vacation I try to pick up a couple of unusual rocks. I have a few from a river in South Carolina, where I go fishing every year.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Your sand photos are particularly stunning. What wonderful shots! Vote up!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Having grown up in a small seas-ide town a lot of my childhood was spent scouring the beaches for stones,driftwood and all sorts of treasures.

      I loved this one and thanks for sharing.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi MM, I really appreciate all you kind comments and stops through my hubs! Hope you have a great day!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Fossillady, I too have always had a fasination with stones and pebbles! they have a special beauty all of their own! beautifully captured in your wonderful photographs, I love the sand formations, voted up and beautiful.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      That's a great story Peter, I lived in Mishawaka for a few years back in the 80's, know the area well! Fascinating work your path has taken you! Glad it took you back!

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Hi Kathi, wonderful presentation of a story close to my heart. I'm an old rock licker from Michigan that became a Gemologist. I still love rocks. I used to own a small farm in Sturgis down by South Bend. your story and photos brought me back. Bravo!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Fennelseed, nice to meet you! Thank you for your geneous compliment! I'm glad it reminded you of your father and thank you for sharing that! Take Care

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Fossillady, I have really enjoyed your images. I love close ups from nature. Stones and gemstones have always been a special interest of mine as my late Father used to collect them and polish them up in a gemstone tumbler (I think that is what Mentalist Acer was referring to).

      I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Helen, I'm crazy for rocks, tee hee

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      Helen 6 years ago from Florida

      Great photography - you really are an artist! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. :-) Helen

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you tkw, Cool comment, I truly appreciate it! Smiles

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Beautiful and amazing pictures. I can keep looking at them over and over and i see something different each time. Thank you for sharing these photos. Again, I am sharing this on stumbleupon. Rated up and beautiful.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for the nice compliments! I know what you mean that you sensed the stone calling, I do believe there is a spirit and energy in all of nature! Wow, I couldn't tell you I had stones from my childhood, that is very cool.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVE stones and have been a collector of them ever since I was a young girl. I would 'sense' the stones and feel that one would be calling to me...if that makes any crazy sense at all.

      I still have stones from when I was very young...

      I absolutely LOVED this hub; voted it up and AWESOME

      It is fantastic-rich in information AND, the photos are so beautiful, eye catching and clear. I can almost reach out and touch them.

      Fantastic hub, thanks.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      ImChemist, your avatar is very adorable, thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice compliment!

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures that i rated beautiful.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Would love to go to Ghostly Grottoes someday! Thanks for stopping by and preciate the great comment!

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      WOW! Those are great photos. I love the rocks with the dikes in them--such interesting patterns!

      Your driftwood photo is superb, and the erosion in the sand cliffs threw me back decades in time to our family vacation and the formation known as "The Ghostly Grottoes" at Bryce Canyon National Park.

      Good job! Bounced all over the buttons!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Fantastic, that's what its all about! thank you for stopping by!

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      Charlinex 6 years ago

      Thank you, now I have learned something new about Michigan.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Katie, nice to meet you finally, I've seen you around on hubpages several times and have meant to check out your hubs but I guess you beat me to the punch! thank you for the nice compliment! Glad you like the photos. I'll see you around!

      Hi Doppy,

      You finally left a comment! Thank you for the wonderful compliment! You were my biggest influence! xxxooo

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      Doppy 6 years ago

      These photos are indeed beautiful, and you have captured

      your subject so very well. It makes stones come to life.

      Excellent work!!!!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      What an amazing collection of perfect beauty and the beauty of winter melting away WOW what a wonder. You captured this perfectly and so magically. I will def be back to enjoy the sand smoothed stones and beach melt photo essay. Very Well Done and Brilliant! :) Katie

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You are too funny, the w's went across the full length of the page. lol! Thank you for your everlasting support sweet man. I love it when you stop by! I've come across quiet Doug a few times on Redbubble lately. I was pleased he left a nice comment! Hugs

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...I must get my very elusive buddy Doug to come here because I know he would love this Kathi (you remember my photographer friend?) .....and this to me is pure art from the lense - and it's your lense - and what a lense it is - you really do take the art of photography to another level and I am so very glad to have found you - is the National Geographic calling you for some freelance work? You're that good!!!!!!!!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....okay with due respect to Docmo you shall only get one 'wow' from me ....lol lol - but what a 'wow' - are you ready? - wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

      .......well sometimes it's about the quality of the 'wow' not the quantity!!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      thanks for stopping by, very nice compliment! i'm encouraged to keep on shooting, even with my inferior camera. saving for a decent one!

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      thewayeyeseeit 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Great pictures. The textures and colors are terrific. You have a good eye for "composition in abstract."

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      sue, mike, thank you both for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the photos

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      Mike Outdoors 6 years ago from Somewhere in Canada

      Very nice photographs!

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      suegillespie 6 years ago

      how awesome....I too like stones! Cool Hub.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      well that says a lot coming from a talented photographer such as yourself! thank you manny

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      I really tried but could not pick a favorite photograph among the many... I loved them all. What a wonderful hub, informative and the photographs, simply magnificent! I truly love how you SEE nature and I love the fact that you stop to photograph it and share it!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      B.,Winsome,A.A.,Ruby, thank you for all your awesome comments! You inspire me to continue to get behind the camera and return the favor!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your pictures are so beautiful ! I would love to have some of the rocks for my flower garden. I bought white rocks last year, but they are small and expensive. I am so ready for spring. Thank you for showing your pictures. Take Care.

      Cheers

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Images are absolutely stunning. Most people don't realize how beautiful Michigan is, I know I didn't. But then again, I worked in the industrial side of southern Detroit. Thank you for sharing the beautiful imagery.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Kathi what a show you put on for us. You have inspired me to take my camera to the beach. We have some great ones near here--Laguna Beach is very picturesque and has some awesome formations and rocks.

      Thank you for the visual treat and Septarium review. =:)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a wonderful Hub on Beach Stones and Sand Formations, so rich and informative, along with pictures that are so beautiful...What a wonderful treat for all to see in February...This is a Present, Nature at its finest, captured as only you can Fossillady.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Pras, thank you, thank you, thank you,I am sooo happy that you enjoyed the photos. We are blessed with the beauty of nature all around! You have the heart and soul to recognize it! Hugs and smiles!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...wow...wow....wow...wow. May I continue my "wow". I don't have any word to express my feeling after saw all stunning pictures. I never doubt that you are great photographer. Beautiful and so relaxing. I love water and all the things related with something natural. I can find through this hub. Well done, my friend. I give my vote special for you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you sweet lady! Nice to see you! Glad you felt revived and thank you for the nice compliment! Hope you're keeping warm on this chilly winter evening!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A magnificent hub! Loooooooooooove these pictures so much. Beauty is everywhere (including the writer). All of nature attracts me and energizes my senses. Stones and rocks - sand formations, make me feel so alive. Thank you for "reviving" me.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thanks Laine, preciate the comment

      Docmo, that is way cool, never been out of the country let alone India. Would love to travel some day! Thank you for the super duper compliments! I'm so glad you found beauty in the photos!

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Wow!wow!wow! ( one wow won't do for this hub) Fossillady, you have the eye of an artist, the heart of a poet and the brain of a Geologist... I absolutely adored this hub, gonna bookmark it and keep coming back. There is so much beauty in here, it's amazing. In a strange coincidence I have a feeling I have seen septarium stones in the river beds in India as that pic looks so familiar and tranquil. voted way, way up.

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      Laine 6 years ago

      Wow! LOVED this! You have a gift!!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Vicki, Inmate,Kay & Acer, I do so appreciate your positive feedback. Acer, I remember those polishing tumblers too. Pretty sure they are still available for sale!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I remember a popular hobby type stone polisher you could buy and make beautiful polished stones that were,to me,as nice as precious gems,my neieghbor had one.;)

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      Kay Creates 6 years ago from Ohio

      I love looking for interesting rocks and formations when I'm out hiking. I enjoyed your photos.

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      inmate702 6 years ago

      Nice imagery!

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      Vicki Russell 6 years ago

      Way cool, Kathi...you are so talented! I love stones too.