This is a fine example of an enormous petrified tree trunk which fossilized in place. Of course, collecting is prohibited in the National Park, but seeing resources like this is a way of further appreciating the petrified woods that can be collected off of private lands (and which are a bit smaller so they will fit into a display case or cabinet)!
(Photo courtesy of Mike Viney)
I have been an avid petrified wood collector since I worked at a local rock shop in southern California as a kid. A geographer by training, paleobotany has become my passion. Together, my wife Beth Myers and I started Mills Geological in 1992, and since then we have acquired an extraordinary inventory of petrified wood and plant fossils from numerous locations around the world.
We make our home in a rural part of San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast of California, but as Beth has learned over our 38 years together, my "geography gene" runs deep, and travel is still a priority! I scour shows, visit cutters, and explore field localities, Beth runs our website, and together we enjoy learning more about this wonderful passion of ours -- all the while making warm relationships with collector-friends like you!
We strive to offer high-quality specimens with the best identification, as to species and provenance. We promise that we will not guess about species or locality, and while some specimens either do not have adequate preservation or matching photomicrographs in our extensive reference library, if we don't know – we say so!