Archive for September, 2015

A Rare Desolation Canyon Named Bed – Fly Ridge

Desolation Canyon - Fly Ridge Thunderegg

Desolation Canyon – Fly Ridge Thunderegg

How’s this for a turn up!  A stone that was hanging around for ages, sad and lonely and awaiting processing, has just been given a specific Desolation Canyon ID – Fly Ridge.  It is unusual in the extreme to find eggs classified to the actual beds in that part of the world.  There’s plenty of beds but like Lierbachtal and McDermitt, the stones rarely come with actual names. I only wish I could start tracing info and classifying the other specimens I have.  Will have to see …

I do, however, have a Lavish Lady specimen awaiting polishing.  Knowing my busy lifestyle, it might be a while but I will get to it eventually.

Here’s the reverse.  Note the little pink bumps.

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Some Controversials

It’s time for the Eibonvale Thunderegg Blog to get controversial!  🙂  Here are two eggs that have sparked mysteries and discussion as I purchased them.

Richardson_unnamed01The first is a bizarre specimen from the Richardson Ranch.  I am told it comes from an area just south of and from a layer just under the Red Bed that has never been named or dug very much. Some people have used the name “Priday Black Bed” or “Black Bart” in association with this, but it seems this is not an official name. Discussion has not raised any alternative to that though. Basically, this is from one of the literally hundreds of pockets of eggs on the Richardson Ranch that have never really been catalogued. The name may have arisen due to the distinctly dark grey exterior of the eggs. In my specimen at least, it is a little darker than the Bed #1, for example.

ochocoredbed03The second is one of a batch of old eggs that turned up on the market recently under the name Ochoco Red Bed, a totally unknown name these days. Possible identities for these include Viewpoint or Yellowjacket – and either could be true. But as there was no resolution to the mystery, and as there seems something distinct about these in my limited experience, I will publish them on the gallery with their original tags for now.  See the others here.

The Rarely Seen Wild Iris Upper Level Thundereggs

Wild Iris Upper Level Thunderegg

Wild Iris Upper Level Thunderegg

I have managed to upload to the gallery a single specimen of the much less common Wild Iris Upper Level.  These are significantly different to the specimens from the lower level, which are becoming quite familiar now, in spite of being found very close indeed in the bizarre rock formation where these originate.  The matrix in particular is very distinct.

Click here to see the full large gallery of Lower Level specimens for comparison.