It has been a while since my last update to the gallery (a long long looooong while) and stones have been building up. Last night I finally got round to putting a whole slew of them online at last, including some very important specimens indeed. I am now completely exhausted (!), but I thought I would share a few highlights here since there is no ‘latest additions’ section on the gallery itself. I am really quite pleased and excited about these since these really are some absolutely top stones, in my opinion anyway! First up, two very nice specimens from the Ochocos, Oregon:
This is a triple Viewpoint thunderegg with some beautiful colours. The ‘floor’ is especially striking. I have both halves and the other one is in the gallery.
And this is a Desolation Canyon stone – annoyingly a little incomplete but with some of the best moss I have seen in a long time.
This is easily the best Skull Springs stone I have ever seen and the first one I have polished myself. Absolutely takes my breath away with its colours and shapes.
One of the most exceptional of all the new stones is this truly stunning Naches River thunderegg from Washington State – it is almost unheard of to get such an undamaged specimen and if that wasn’t enough, this one has tilt formations (levelling lines in slightly different directions), showing that the stone moved at some point in it is history. Other half on the Gallery
Donnybrook, Oregon, is a relatively unusual location, but a monster like this 17cm specimen is especially striking. It is feature-rich and complex – a truly unusual stone.
I have made some very tentative first steps in splitting up the Richardson Ranch stones into their individual beds – at least I have launched a couple of new classifications on the gallery, though there is a long way to go yet to try and sort all these out. One of them is this very nice little Moss Bed stone.
And another is this true monster from one of the rarest beds, Bed #2. At over 20cm, this is another really unusual specimen.
A new location from the US – Mutton Mountain, Oregon, and a very cute small specimen – the first I have ever seen.
Continuing with the super-rare beds, at last I own a really nice Sandy’s Bed stone – the rarest of the Mill Creek area stones in the Ochoco Mountains, Oregon. This one is especially cute, with green speckling and levelling lines.
[I guess this means that I will be selling my old specimen – not such a nice one but a perfectly decent location piece. I’ll get it into the shop eventually, or if anyone is interested let me know.]
And finally for the USA, you just can’t go wrong with a Dugway Geode, Can you!
Meanwhile in Germany, we have a new location just launched – Schmücke (no jokes please!!). It’s part of the same geological process that created the Felsenschlags, so not surprisingly it is quite similar, but with a quiet subtlety that is all its own.
And talking of Felsenschlag, this stone has just been published. For some reason it is one of my all-time favorites, in spite of the few nasty cracks. The colours just seem fantastic.
And lastly is this amazingly coloured Nesselhof Specimen – it has been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I was shocked to realize that I hadn’t published it!!! I am hopeless!
There’s a way to go yet and i will hopefully be doing some more updating soon. But these ones are the most important!