Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Seeing Stones (Part Two)

Last week, I shared a photo of some seeing stones I collected from the banks of Elkhorn Creek.
I was fascinated with the perfect, tidy holes bored through solid rocks. What made the holes?
After quite a bit of research, I discovered the holes were made by piddocks. A piddock is a type of mussel who lives inside angelwing shells. The tiny clam rotates the sharp edges of his shell in order to carve out a tunnel for himself. Safe inside his chiseled burrow, he reaches out to gather all the nutrients he needs. When he abandons his stone house, he leaves it behind for rock hounds or curious teachers!
Although I have not yet caught a glimpse of a magical world or supernatural creature while looking through my seeing stones, I have learned about a world and a creature I never knew existed. That is its own kind of magic!


  1. Hi Lori, I'm happy you found out about the stones, and are now sharing. The ocean houses some magic of its own, doesn't it?

  2. Piddocks sound like promising poetry grist, potentially. Thanks for introducing them to me, Lori.

  3. Piddocks is a wonderful word with a great ring and an exciting story. I see, +Brian Rozinsky has his eyes on the word.