Here are three more specimens from Richardson Ranch that are not from any of the familiar beds. As usual, there is only so much I can say about these and the tags consist of little more than rough guides to the area in which they are found. Nevertheless, they provide some new ideas of just what that ranch is capable of producing.
First up is an absolute stunner, in my opinion – and also the most mysterious. This was not from any of the hundred or so locations on the ranch, this was a ‘float egg’ – by which I mean a lost rock just lying on the ground, with all the mystery that entails. You can see this in the very brittle and fractured matrix. The colours here are rather different from anything I have seen before – indeed, this is one of the most beautiful matrixes I have ever seen from this area.
The above specimen is from a small deposit “On the Road to the Opal Bed” and it shows a very clear kinship with the Bed #1 etc. geology in the black splotches.
Lastly is a specimen with a matix that has little kinship with either the Priday type or the Bed #1 etc. type – a smooth brick-red stone that seems to have more in common with Brown Ranch or somewhere like that. This comes from a small deposit “On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Bed”
There are some more of these obscure Richardson locations still to polish, so keep an eye out for those in the future.