Wild Geology

Yesterday there were wild critters everywhere! This burro came alongside the Jeep to check us out. Big jackrabbits were scootin’ through every patch of scrub. We saw javelina but they were too distant to photograph. Patty went after them with the camera but they disappeared into a brushy dry creek. Best not follow; javelina are mean.


Rockhounding was our mission and we hit a patch of paydirt.  Easy to do because Arizona is a mineral rich state. Today we collected geodes, agates, obsidian, chalcedony, druse, rose quartz and many specimens to be identified later. We didn’t need to break a single rock. Everything you see here was picked from the ground 🙂


Barbed Wire Love

“Tangled up in barbed wire love…”
We love our desert landscape and all the wild critters we encounter: burros, big horn sheep, tortoises and reptiles, javelinas, deer, birds of all sizes and even herds of wild horses. We love jeeping and hiking around our little desert as often as possible. We also love rock hounding and taking loads of photos.

Sometimes we love scavenging. We scour the desert wilderness for raw materials, always being careful not to disturb wild nests or habitat. From rusty old metal to rare minerals, we only gather what we find lying on the ground. We especially collect all usable old cans and metal as a raw material for our studio crafts. We get wonderful unique materials and we clean up the desert at the same time. It’s typical for us to rattle our way back home with 2-3 trash bags full of cans and other junk tied to our roof rack.

Topographic maps show us where to find old mining camps, frontier homesteads and ghost towns. Abandoned sites are particularly interesting and even dangerous (watch your step!). You never know what  remains of the Old West you’ll discover. Territorial ranchers left rolls of old barbed wire, hardware and interesting litter. There were no services or established dump sites. All of the trash that didn’t rot is still scattered around wherever humans camped.  We commonly find old pottery shards, depression glass and endless rusty steel cans. Metal, glass and ceramic bits strewn about every campsite. Miners also left behind open, unmarked mines that have become overgrown. Some are just holes in the ground! Skittering and slithering reptiles are also abundant in these wilds. Situation awareness is the rule of our safaris …and there must be coffee 🙂

You support our continued desert clean-up and keep our shop running when you purchase some Barbed Wire Love in the shop section of this site or at our Etsy Shop ♥♥♥



That’s The Artifacts, Jack…

This is some of the loot from yesterday’s desert scavenging safari. Here’s geodes, druse, part of a juvenile coyote or fox skull, some kind of ball (no clue, totally dry and light but hard), a ragged bit of cholla cactus skeleton, old glass shards and other sparkly minerals we haven’t yet identified.

Artifacts Artifacts