Friday, January 5, 2018

Desert Roses For Freaky Friday...!

Here is something a bit out of the norm for you...Desert Roses.

Nature always has a way of creating things for us to sit back and enjoy. Of all things, this is probably one of her most special treats for our enjoyment. Some real eye candy here.

Desert Roses

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No, these aren’t petrified roses. Instead, they are made of crystal.

Found in dry, sandy areas such as the Sahara Desert, the “roses” are formed from disks of gypsum or baryte crystals stacked together over tens or hundreds of years to resemble the petals of a flower.

The crystals form when water evaporates and are shaped like flat plates that can measure up to 1 meter (3.3 ft) across. Clusters of desert roses may be found together, giving the appearance of a sandy bouquet. The largest single rose was 25 centimeters (10 in) high and weighed 57 kilograms (125 lb), while the largest cluster tipped the scales at 454 kilograms (1,000 lb).

With their beauty and unnatural appearance, it’s no wonder that they are sought after as prized specimens for collections.

These little things are really quite heavy for their size. They are pretty though. Nature takes a while to build on of these clusters and even a single rose. I'd say She has it down pat!

Coffee in the kitchen once again.


linda m said...

Those are really pretty. I could see having one of them sitting on my end table. Trying to keep warm here. Have a great weekend.

JO said...

So pretty and yes so heavy Wouldn't mind having one. I always say Mother Nature is a wonderful thing and I wish humans would quit messing with her.

Temps are dropping a little we are back in the 40's for over night lows and 70's for the day. Not complaining when I see what others are suffering through.
see you in the kitchen.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Would make for a good conversation piece, for sure.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
She does a great job, I agree. Heavy is right!
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Mother Nature can sure come up with some beautiful stuff.