Today I was fortunate to be able to visit, and go underground in, a couple of gold mines in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria. One is predominantly slate and the other sandstone. Both have[…]
A bit of colour this week at Mineral of the Week. Any blue mineral that begins with the letter “L”. A few options: Langite, Lavendulan, Linarite… I am sure there are plenty more!
I watched an episode of Absolute History today focussed on farming, lace making and copper and tin mining in Devon and Cornwall in the Edwardian period, the first decade of the 1900s. An interesting show,[…]
Bryan Swoboda (BlueCap Productions) has been making many of his videos available for free as a result of the pandemic. The latest one made available is the 2015 What’s Hot in Tucson. It is across[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is gypsum!
I think I have made a good choice. The results are looking good! Axinite-(Fe), Actinolite, Glandon Pass, Maurienne valley, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. Width 18mm . Stack of 100 images.
a couple of new flexible LED lamps today for photography purposes. The new super macro lens needs more light than I was getting from the ring light attached to the front of the camera. These[…]
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year here in Australia. So today is a little bit longer. Although you wouldn’t know it. It has been a dark and dreary afternoon. So what to do?[…]
I thought I would share another mineral found the other day from the Prince Regent mines area, less than a kilometre from home. This is one of a number of specimens of arsenopyrite. A geological[…]
Spent a pleasant half day today collecting minerals with good friend, Toby Billing. And the best part, it was less than 1 kilometre from home! We spent a bit of time looking around the mullock[…]
After a struggle with FedEx, I finally received my new super macro lens today. It will take a little while to get used to it, particularly with regards to lighting, but so far so good.[…]
…is now available…
Saw this specimen in Warrnambool the other day. If this was the average “going rate”, the west coast of Tasmania would be the richest part of Australia!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is linarite! Bring on the Blues!
Late afternoon/early evening just outside Ballarat. A meeting with the driver of a Road Train from South Australia. What could this be? What else? Rocks! Zahn Gotch, a friend and fellow mineral collector, was driving[…]
The mineral collecting world has lost another nice guy, Keith Hayes. So this week, in his memory, any mineral that is linked in some way to Keith. I know that I have purchased a few[…]
Went out collecting today with good friend Toby Billing. We went up to Mount Cole just outside Raglan, about 66km west north west of Ballarat. Mount Cole is granite country. The granite at this spot[…]
Three Zoom sessions in a 24 hour period. I went to bed earlier than usual and got up around 12.30am my time for the first one at 1am. This was the first of a planned[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is fluorite… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
As some of you will know, I have been attending the weekly Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) Zoom sessions. They are now intending to keep them coming for a few more months. Next week’s[…]
A great AIGS talk tonight by Dr Claudio Milisenda on tourmalines. And next week – Peter Lyckberg on pegmatites! Looking forward to that one! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I was right. My photo was used in the “Luminescence of Gems“, presented by Dr. Emmanuel Fritsch. To recap, as reported in my earlier post, at one point in the presentation, I recognised a photo[…]
I got to go out collecting today. A nice birthday present 😁 It was a lovely late Autumn day with plenty of sunshine after a cool start (there was a bit of a frost). We[…]
I found out today that Joan Lamond passed away in March, almost reaching 100. Joan was a keen mineral collector, and particularly with respect to micromounts, and also gypsum. I was the lucky recipient of[…]
I attended a Zoom presentation tonight by Angus Miller of Geowalks. Angus has arranged a number of Lockdown Lecture sessions on various aspects of Scottish geology. Geowalks is also on Facebook. Tonight’s presentation was called[…]
Given the focus on pyrite over the last few days (The Micromount Club Zoom meeting) and the interest generated, pyrite is this week’s Mineral of the Week! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Last night, I joined a Zoom session organised by the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS), Thailand. These sessions have been running weekly for quite a few weeks now (I think this was number 7).[…]
It exists! Really! A package from Canada arrived today. Posted March 3rd! And yes, rocks. 😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I have created mineralcollective24x7.workplace.com as a new spot for mineral-related Facebook-like posts, forums, groups, etc. Looks like Facebook have created something good here. A number of groups have already been set up, including: General Chat[…]
From the Ballarat Courier Newspaper – “Fossickers, prospectors welcomed back into forests”… Under the new eased COVID-19 restrictions here in Victoria, fossicking is once again allowed. Along with golf, fishing, and other recreational activities. Of[…]
Today, we went for a bit of a hike in accordance with the easing of restrictions in Victoria. One of the places we visited was the Union Mine area at the base of Mt Greenock,[…]
…is now published. This month, in this 50 page full-colour issue, we have the first in a short series of the story of Broken Hill, a report on the 2020 Scottish mineral, fossil and jewellery[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is any mineral where the Type Locality is in Mexico. The posts don’t have to be Mexican minerals, but originally found and described from Mexico. There are 89 species[…]
A package arrived from the US today. It had been sitting somewhere in a transit depot for weeks with no movement. No updates to tracking history. But it just arrived out of the blue today![…]
A stunning South African rhodochrosite specimen… A few internal rainbows too. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I have put together a topic and author index for the Monthly Mineral Chronicles. This will be maintained and updated as new editions are published. I will expand on it in the near future to[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is opal. Any opal can be added. Precious opal. Hyalite opal. Jelly opal. Opalised wood. etc Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This Chinese native copper specimen is starting to alter to crystals of dark red cuprite. Going over to the dark side. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Repair. Verb. Restore (something damaged, faulty, or worn) to a good condition. Nature produces some fantastic mineral specimens. We usually only get to see them after they have been extracted from the Earth. And sometimes,[…]