Power Rocks

Greetings Friends!

Guess where I’ve been?

Yep — back up to the burned hillsides! I can’t seem to stay away, even though they’ve posted scary-looking signs about mountain lions in the area that warn me not to walk alone.

It’s deserted and quiet in the hills, and there’s so much to see. I’m fascinated with the process of regeneration after the fire.

Here are some pictures I took of new growth that’s starting to emerge. It’s very slow, possibly because we’ve had almost no rain this winter, but you can see that it’s starting to happen.

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And look what else I found! These are rocks that burned in the fire — gorgeous power stones tempered by extreme heat and turned jet black by the flames.

Cassandra Tondro Thomas fire rocks

I made some of them into necklaces and have been wearing one myself the past few days. It gives me a feeling of firey energy and strength.

Cassandra Tondro fire rock necklaces

The necklaces aren’t on my website, but if you’re interested in one of these other-worldly beauties, contact me, and I’ll send you images of available pieces.

What places are you drawn to and what do you find there? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I live in the Alps of Northern Italy. I am drawn to their majesty, beauty, and quiet. The mountains are, for me, a peaceful place to go to declutter my mind. I collect rocks everywhere I go. I haven’t made them into anything; I just pick them up and hold them to remind me of my place.

      1. Sadly we will be returning to the US in March. My dad is quite elderly and I want to be closer to him. It’s heartbreaking to leave our wonderful Italian friends and this beautiful place. Teaching me a lot about impermanence!! Maybe one day I’ll get to Venture and meet you in person

  2. Love the rebirth of the hills! My husband and I go for a drive right after he picks me up from work, we head right for the river, as the eagles are here! There are new ones everyday. We enjoy watching them, if it is sitting in the trees or swooping down to catch a fish it is always interesting. Following from a fellow artist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Watch out for the mtn. lions.

    1. We have eagles here on the islands offshore, and explore.org has set up an eagle cam in one of the nests. It’s fascinating to watch as the eggs hatch and they raise their young. I’ve never seen one in person. Envious!

  3. Hi Cassandra: I love the hills, and parks, and the ocean and collect rocks and leaves here in Michigan. My husband and I lived in Ensenada for a time before we came back home two years ago, but it looks like we will be returning to Mexico in April. Thanks for sharing your “new growth” pics and the post fire stones. The stones are beautiful and I could nearly feel the “childlike wonder” in your words as the physical and spiritual environment captured you. It happens to me whenever I discover how beautiful and simple the natural world truly is.

    Marianne from Michigan

  4. Hi Cassandra: I am glad to see you venturing out to find new things and new beginnings for your art work and for you life. It is just so amazing to see God’s wonders. As the old saying goes. If life gives you lemons, make lemonaid. I think the stones should make very nice necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry. You are keeping your mind open to new ideas.

    1. Thanks, Pat! Yes, the burned stones are very beautiful, and they wouldn’t have looked this way without the fire. I’ve heard that fire is necessary every now and then to regenerate the land, but who knows?

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