As I walked along the pebbly beach in Southampton, Ontario, it brought back many memories of a childhood often spent scouring beaches for fascinating rocks and fossils. I remember reading voraciously about geology, learning about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, and I couldn’t get enough of information about plate tectonics, volcanoes, and the like. My parents encouraged my interest but may have regretted it when our crawlspace became filled with boxes upon boxes of my “special” finds. If it wasn’t beaches then it was islands that we sailed to or even rock quarries where I loved to discover new finds for my collection.
Looking at the photos below, I see many interesting prospects, including some possible fossils, and I wish I was there right now to begin my collection again. Can you see the layers and colours and textures? Do you remember what you used to collect as a child?