A cave flower! 💮 A polished slice of the Mojave desert. Lapidary artists call this stuff "Kokoweef Cave Onyx" but "onyx" is one of those names that hasn't much meaning left due to overuse and misapplication...this is really mostly calcite/aragonite (calcium carbonate), the stuff that precipitates out of groundwater into fantastic formations in limestone caves. This slice is a cross section through a stalactite showing the layers of growth like tree rings, with center layers that are translucent that enhance the flower appearance. This material comes from caves beneath Kokoweef mountain, closed to the public. Grandma bought this in 1961. There are wild tales about Kokoweef including a lost underground river of gold, dynamite, conspiracies and lawsuits. No gold has yet been found, of course, but a different type of buried treasure was identified in these caves; large quantities of Pleistocene fossil remains of animals like camels, horses, ox,and dire wolf. ⛏🐪💎
Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur California. Pfeiffer Beach is one of the few coastal access points and somewhat unknown unless you know where it is along Highway 1. With a small parking lot it is never crowded. In addition to the rock formations it is also known as the purple sand beach.