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!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is gypsum!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is linarite! Bring on the Blues!
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[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is fluorite… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
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[…]
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.
It exists! Really! A package from Canada arrived today. Posted March 3rd! And yes, rocks. 😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
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.
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,[…]
A neat specimen of pyrite after marcasite from Canada catalogued today… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Added a couple of wulfenite specimens to my catalogue today, from very different parts of the planet. One from Arizona, the other from China… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Retook a photo of this specimen tonight. Amazing what 8 years can do. Here is the old one… Bit of a difference 😁😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is dioptase! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
In these times of isolation, there is an opportunity to look back over things acquired, such as this gmelinite specimen from the quarry near Weldborough in northeast Tasmania… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Erythrite from Bou Azzer, Morocco in the Pebble Collection. Click on the image or link below to see more details and a video of the specimen. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
In these times of isolation, there is ample opportunity to go back and look at (and maybe catalogue) boxes of minerals (flats) that have been set aside for some time. This (re)unboxing is one of[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is any mineral from the Alunite Group. So any of the species below (from Mindat). Chosen as one of them, plumbojarosite (photo), occurs at the Magnet Mine, Tasmania,[…]
One of the opportunities during this lockdown period is to go through drawers and boxes of specimens that haven’t been looked at for some time. It is almost like an unboxing! Check out the video[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week, something a bit more mundane. Wolframite specimens. Ferberite or hubnerite. Interestingly, I found out today, quite by accident, that my little solar turntable reacts to standard LEDs! A bit[…]
This week will be a bit more open to interpretation, and may require some imagination!!! This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is anything “cosmic-looking” or “alien-like” or something similar. Go for it! This theme[…]
More rain tonight. And thunder and lightning. There has even been a few alerts come through for flooding. Just got of the Zoom video conference with the Mineralogical Society of New South Wales. Adam McKinnon[…]
One of my inside activities is photographing specimens in my collection. Also cataloguing. Although I haven’t (re)started the latter one yet. This specimen is from the Moctezuma Mine (also known as the Bambolla Mine), Moctezuma,[…]
I will be spending more time from next week on The Collector’s Guide to the Minerals of Lake Boga publication, once we get the last of the tradesmen out. One of the minerals that Boga[…]
A photo taken last night. Today I have been busy painting our laundry (not finished yet!) as our new cabinet has been delivered and will be installed Monday. Andradite-grossular series garnet from Shap Blue Quarry,[…]
Wulfenite, a lead molybdate, is not that common in Australia with the main localities being Whim Creek, Western Australia, and the Avondale Mine, South Australia. Pretty well all other localities are just minor occurrences. Winklers[…]
Current restrictions due to the Corona Virus still allow us to go out, but we are restricting that to just the necessary things such as (infrequent) trips to the supermarket. Although I did take advantage[…]
Did a bit of social distancing today (not too many people out bush). A short trip to Bendigo and Heathcote. At the latter is the pictured Pink Cliffs geological reserve, an artefact from the sluicing[…]
This iridescent goethite specimen from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, hides a secret for those that have a bit of imagination. The lead photo is a stack of 140 images, with a photo width of 5mm.[…]
Kicking off the new week a day early… Specially for Kay Macy! A phyllosilicate! This week’s Mineral of the Week is… chrysocolla! Photo is chrysocolla with arsentsumebite, quartz, mimetite, and wulfenite, Reward Mine, Inyo Co.,[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is sceptred crystals… This one is a Mexican amethyst sceptre. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I came across this really unusual habit of pseudomalachite. It has formed a ring. The white line is a reflection from my LED ringlight on the glossy surface of the mineral. From the Kintore Open[…]
A pretty one tonight. Green cubes of bariopharmacosiderite on mauve fluorite and white barite from the Clara Mine, Oberwolfach, Ortenaukreis, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Also present (but not in this photo) is pale blue crystals of[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is torbernite, a copper uranium phosphate. The topic for my next Collector’s Guide will be the minerals of Lake Boga, Victoria. Torbernite is one of the many minerals found[…]
A few years ago, when I was a kid, like many others, I had a few Matchbox toy cars. I still have these two buses. I say still. My sister brought them over from the[…]