These round, slightly heavy balls are scattered over large areas amidst the creosote and juniper. They can be pea-sized to ping-pong ball sized, whole or split. Officially, they are iron oxide concretions. A young man in town insists there was a ball bearing factory out there and these are just left over ball bearings! (Not true.)
Moki (also spelled Moqui) balls are ascribed magical powers – they can be purchased online and I think having this magic makes the price go up! I don’t know about the magic, but they have a nice heft to them – weighty, not smooth, but nice to hold.
We also found what we call the Moki ball mother rock – sometimes with round holes where the moki ball used to be and sometimes with the dark iron oxide ball still embedded. The brilliant oranges and yellows are stunning.
This is my kind of sculpture!