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My name is Mike, I am happily married to Amy and we have two boys. My wife and I take photos as a hobby. We have an excellent knowledge of the Oregon mountains and forestry and try to capture some of these beautiful sites on film. Our other hobbies include music, art, camping, hiking, lapidary arts, cuisine and geocache hunting. Sorry, we will be keeping the best secrets for us and a few locals.
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Deze afbeelding is interessant. Het vertoningen van broze schoonheid in een bijna onvruchtbare omgeving. De heel mooie gevangenneming. Ik ben gelukkig wij kunnen onze kunst delen.

Sincerely, memphismike.

Hello, sorry it has taken me some time to get to this however, I had the chance to weigh this piece and it is about 450 grams or 1 pound or so, it is 6 and 1 eights inch at longest point, less than an inch and a half at both W x L of the base and flares out to 2 and 3 fourths at top. I would have to place its hardness scale to be at least 7 as none of my (even my highest tempered) steel would mark it. I have not had a chance to place it under a black light yet. It does not feel greasy at all. It has a lot of finger oil on it as my friends are almost always intrigued by it. It was found near dormant volcano. Its porosity is likely to tell a story of volcanic past.

Mike - this one appears to be Chalcedony, also spelled Calcedony, a very fine-grained (cryptocrystalline) variety of the silica mineral quartz. The blue colorization is typical in that variety of quartz. Coming from a volcanic parent rock I would almost bet you that if you blacklight this piece it will fluoresce a bright "lime green". Fairly common secondary low temperature mineral in volcanics. Is a close cousin to opal.

Dear Mike,

Please, be careful with locating endangered species. There are people enough who want to catch these rare plants or animals for commercial or other reasons. You can also show the photo's without any location.

Greetings from the Netherlands. Bas Kers

Nice rocks, I would very much like to do some pebble hunting there sometime. We are more interested in Gemstones for collecting, though it would appear as if there are some nice tumblers there. P.S.. I would also like to share my rocks, you can check them out under the tag gemstones.

This is a Geode, I originally posted it as a Thunder Egg which is the Oregon state stone, when in all actuality it is a Geode in definition. A Geode contains a hollow cavity as shown and the Thunder Egg is a solid mass. The crystals in the center are of a bubble form, possibly from extreme temperatures. At any rate this was a wonderful gift to my wife from her friends.

On the left is a dendrite agate shaped and polished. Next to it on the right is a heart on pedestal formed with two dendrite agates. ( I made that for my sweety.) On the far right is a honey agate.

This beautiful fraction free stone was discovered by my wife in a highly classified location. When worked by a lapidary artist this one piece at about 10 pounds will produce hundreds of highly desirable jewel stones.

In the back left is a colorful piece of petrified wood, next to it on the right is a laced agate holding a bed of crystals, next on right hand side is a common piece of petrified wood, left front is a crystal cluster that had freed itself from a geode (never did find the rest of it), and last but not least is a nice piece of bubble agate almost large enough to make a decent incense holder.

On the left is a small piece of raw green moss agate, next is two dendrite agates formed to make a heart on pedestal, in stand is jasper and agate mix known as chalcedony, between stands is a chalcedony with crystals on top, stand on right is a honey agate, the squared piece on left is dendrite, the middle left is bubble agate, just behind it on the right is a red and green moss agate, red yellow and gray bubbles in front and an agate with inclusions.


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