Monday, 21 July 2008

Sun Spot: Tasmanian Rosella...

Its the middle of Winter and the sun is still shining brightly (or it was a couple of days ago when I took this photo. Today's seen snow flurries!). This Tasmanian Rosella, also known as a Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) was feeding on seeds from a silver birch just outside our kitchen window...

Monday, 7 July 2008

New Issue of Mineral Collector Magazine...

The sixth issue of the Australian and New Zealand Mineral Collector magazine is now out. This issue contains articles on plumbian orthoclase from Broken Hill, a report on the 2008 Gemboree, the Biggenden Mine, Queensland, Henderson's Quarry, New Zealand, and more.

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

If outside the US and 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.

Mineral Spot: Wulfenite...

It has been a while since my last entry, over two months in fact. I have been sidelined due to back problems and had a back operation about three weeks ago. Recovering though...

This is a specimen from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico and has three mineral species on it, two of which can be seen in the photo. The yellow square-looking crystals are wulfenite and the paler spiky crystals are mimetite. The third mineral present is smithsonite. You can just see some white crystals in the background.

This specimen is one of a number of specimens that will be in this week's auction, also the first for quite some time. Hopefully, things will be fully back to normal soon!