I went to a yard sale and while looking around I noticed some rocks for sale. The seller's husband had just returned from a huge geologist auction. She showed off some of their winnings. She offered to sell me one of the rocks. This was the rock. Wow, so many colors. It is about 7 inches by 6 inches and weighs about a pound.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.