Monday, 31 December 2007

Mineral Spot: Metavoltine...

This is the final post for 2007. It has been a while since I posted a mineral spot.
The mineral pictured is metavoltine, a fairly rare sulphate that forms in volcanic exhalative environments (such as fumeroles).
Unsurprisingly, this specimen is from Italy.
It is also a specimen that will be included in one of my auction lots when I post my first for 2008 at OZtion...

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Sun Spot: Adventure Bay...

It's nice being on holidays. Its even nicer when the weather is kind to you too.
Today, the temperature in southern Tasmania was around the low to mid twenties Centigrade and the sun was shining brightly. We decided on a trip over to Bruny Island, catching the vehicle ferry from Kettering.
Adventure Bay is one of the most popular Tasmanian beach spots around, but look at the crowds! White sands, azure sea, and hardly any beach-goers! A great spot for a quiet lunch (or a spot of fishing as this holiday-maker from New South Wales was doing).

Friday, 28 December 2007

Critter Spot: Christmas Capper...

Well, Christmas is just about over and another new year about to begin. 2008 is set to be an interesting, challenging, and hopefully rewarding one for us.
Our dog Capper received a couple of pressies, one of which included a bandanna which she obviously thinks is a good fashion statement!

Friday, 21 December 2007

New Issue of Mineral Collector Magazine...

The fourth issue of the Australian and New Zealand Mineral Collector magazine is now out. Issue 4 is the first one to focus on one area, the Queenstown district in western Tasmania, and in particular, the famous Mt. Lyell mine.

It is full colour, 28 pages, and only $10US available from Lulu.

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, 18 December 2007

Critter Spot: Wallabies...

No, these are not members of an Australian rugby team. They are Bennett's wallabies on our new block.

See if you can spot the one hiding in this second photo.

The one in this third photo is almost an albino!

Friday, 7 December 2007

Critter Spot: Echidna...

There are two animals that are known as monotremes (mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young). One is the platypus, the other is the echidna, sometimes known as a spiny anteater, coz it well, eats ants!

This one was intent on hiding from me...but not doing a very good job of it! I stayed for a short while, hoping to get a better photo, but it wasn't to be. It's nose is at bottom right of the picture.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Cool Spot: Horsetail Falls, Queenstown...

Horsetail Falls is a waterfall that drops off Mount Owen behind Queenstown in western Tasmania. If the area is dry (which is not often as Queenstown averages more than 2,500 mm of rain per year!), the waterfall also dries up.
I had been under the impression that these falls were known as Angel Falls, but a local has set me straight!

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Art Spot: Please do not feed the animals...

...and the painting that I received in the latest SWAP was this wonderful and humorous watercolour from Teresa in Spain!

Art Spot: Waihi Beach...

Its that time again. Every three months, the Sharing With Artists Partners group share their artwork with another artist somewhere around the world. This SWAP, my painting of Waihi Beach, New Zealand, went to Simone in Canada...