Saturday, 30 June 2007
Basically from my head which is full of all sorts of things at the moment, although the tree (or at least, something approximating it) is one that I see when I am driving home from work each day. I've been meaning to turn it into a painting for a while...
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Good crystals of smithsonite are not that common and are often white or greyish in colour. It sometimes occurs as pale coloured crystals in various hues due to impurities.
This specimen is green due to copper and comes from Broken Hill in New South Wales. This particular specimen will be included in one of my auctions starting this coming Sunday...
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Also known as cream of tartar, and produced as a by-product of wine making. There are a number of minerals that form as crystals but do not (or have not) occur in nature, and therefore are not recognised as a valid mineral species.
I've given this one a title of redwineite and was found in a wine vat at an unidentified winery in Victoria. It will soon be on its way to a New South Wales collector...
Monday, 18 June 2007
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to look for the pot of gold...
I have to head off again tomorrow morning. It could be a challenge as there was snow falling tonight coming home from work!
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Monday, 11 June 2007
Yesterday morning (Sunday), we woke to a medium frost. The grass was white, and the water containers for the dog, chickens and sheep were well iced over (see second pic).
Ice crystals were quite well-formed, particularly in sheltered spots.
In the first picture, the ice crystals have formed in quite unusual radial sprays. They have seeded on a piece of sheep's fleece caught up on the wire fence.
In case you didn't know, ice is a valid mineral species.
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
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If you are going to order a copy directly, can I suggest that you use the 'Standard' option for shipping. It is by far the most economical, and usually arrives within a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
There must have been a zillion little spiders!
The ones draped over the grass in the paddocks reflected the suns rays and made a line heading off in the direction of the sun. Absolutely stunning! The photo doesn't do it justice.