Part 5 of 5 Ranch Photos from Mike in Tucson

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

 You're looking at history.  The creekbed is solid limestone, a layer geologists call the Goodland layer.  It runs through the GlenMar Ranch in Caddo, OK.

My Darlin' and I spent a day together, walking the creek, looking carefully at the limestone beneath our feet.  It had just rained the night before, and the creek was flowing.

We were looking for a specific fossil, an ancient animal that lived under the sea.  It's called an Ammonite.  Most of them are two or three inches in diameter. 

Bigger Ammonites existed, though.  I've seen fossilized Ammonites the size of steering wheels at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February.

They're right there, buried in the limestone.  Sometimes all you'll see is a tiny ridged curve in the stone.















We each found one.  We're driving back to Tucson with our prizes carefully wrapped.  We've been converted to amateur paleontologists!

I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, Arizona Mortgage Lender
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comments (19)

Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
Amazing what is right under your nose feet.  Great photos!
Apr 19, 2008 03:25 PM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People
That creek sure looks inviting, even though it is only temporary--that limestone makes for good drinking water in addition to a treasure trove.  Nice find!
Apr 19, 2008 04:35 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Too bad we can't rustle up some gold in those streams!  Really enjoyed your photos Mike.  Thank you for taking us on the great journey.


Apr 19, 2008 08:12 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~
That's one of the best parts of hanging out in the wild, finding very cool treasures to bring home and put in a shelf.  I love stuff like that!  Have a safe drive home.  
Apr 19, 2008 11:07 PM
Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner

That is way to cool, thank you for sharing these great photos!

Your Friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Apr 20, 2008 01:35 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Mike, you always have great pics and this whole series shows off your talent both writing and photography.  Thank you or the lessons on OK.  Another good post.

Don R.

Apr 20, 2008 03:17 AM
Susan Davis
Austin, TX
Excellence Advocate

Very cool trip it sounds like Mike! I really love reading your posts. They have such a wonderous whimsical way about them. Thanks for sharing your musings with us!


Apr 20, 2008 06:06 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
What an adventure!  And to get such fabulous photos for posterity.  The American West is just about the most beautiful place on this earth.
Apr 20, 2008 11:46 PM
Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Mike - these photos are amazing! Fossils are sooo cool!!!!
Apr 21, 2008 04:14 AM
Jeff Fullmer
FM Properties - Idaho Falls, ID
Real Estate Investor/Financier
Great stuff Mike! Glad to see there is still some water in AZ!
Apr 21, 2008 11:08 AM
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
Nice trophy of your week in cattle country, Mike. This will make a great story for the grand kids!
Apr 21, 2008 12:10 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Great idea; I'll print them out and mail them to the grandkids!  Thanks!


There may still be some water in Arizona; I don't know.  The pictures are from southeastern Oklahoma, though.  LOL

Barbara Jo,

I couldn't agree more!


You need a vacation out west!  Give us a jingle.


Thanks for the comment!  Whimsically yours, etc.


Thanks!  I love taking the photos, and then figuring out what to say about them.  I don't think I could write half as well without the visual stimulus.


I'm glad you liked it!  Thanks for commenting.


We're safely home.  Now if the trip to Phoenix on Thursday is uneventful...


The gold is right here in Active Rain!  Thanks for commenting.


The creeks flow year round; there are fish in 'em.  Tiny fish, but fish nevertheless.


Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Apr 21, 2008 01:58 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Mike, I love these photographs! Where were these taken? - In Oklahoma? Wow........looks like you've been on a trip and I didn't know about it. I'll have to check out the other posts! ;-)


Apr 21, 2008 03:28 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Mike- these are amazing photos that you took, you have a good eye for the camera. Very interesting too.
Apr 21, 2008 05:55 PM
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058
sanddollarMike - reminds me of what we look for when we walk the beach - perfect sanddollars.  It's been years since I found a whole one - and then - in our last two trips there they were!  We found 5 sanddollars on Wrightsville Beach! AMAZING feeling...
Apr 22, 2008 03:38 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


We've been visiting our friends in Oklahoma for tha past 14 years, and working cattle with them for 13.  We've walked the creeks before, but until this year, had not found an Ammonite of any size.  Then this year we found two!  I love the photo of the sand dollar!


Thanks!  It's something I certainly enjoy.


Please see my post of April 11th; you'll enjoy the series.  Will we see you at the AR gathering in Gilbert tomorrow morning?

Mike in Tucson

Apr 22, 2008 04:28 AM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Mike, how about on Thursday morning? On the 24th, right?



Apr 22, 2008 08:15 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Somehow I've already lost a day this week!  See you Thursday!

Mike in Tucson

Apr 22, 2008 08:19 AM

Interesting to stumble upon your site. I'm Dick and Olivia's neighbor. I look at their lovely red barn each morning as I sip my coffee.

Please visit our Caddo website.


May 16, 2008 01:42 PM