Posts from the ‘Oregon’ Category

Three New and Unusual Richardson Ranch Locations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Two Rare Oregon Green Locations and a Frieda

Two extremely rare green thunderegg locations from Oregon, USA.These are not new locations to me but these are definitely rare enough for me to get excited over and I can’t resist sharing.  The fact that they are both fruit, also brings these together rather well.  🙂

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The above is a Lemon Tree – a very nice specimen with a simple core.

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This one is a Little Apple. I have only seen a couple of these before in my life.

I have also finally upgraded my Frieda gallery with a new specimen.  Frieda thundereggs aren’t exactly rare – but Frieda thundereggs that really appeal to my particular personal tastes do seem to be. Finally found one that I really really love though!

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A pale glory to illuminate the darkness of the world.

succoropal02Not a new location for the gallery but a significant upgrade on the previous specimen and a great one to share in it’s own right.  This is from the so-called Succor Creek Opal Bed – a beautiful pale thunderegg with a core of swirled and patterned white opal.

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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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.

Cherry Creek

cherrycreek02This new(ish) discovery by Jason Hinkle is not a new location on the gallery, but this specimen is a decided improvement on the little scrap that has been on there.  The matrix on these is just exquisite – one of the loveliest in Oregon, in my opinion.

Tidying Up Succor Creek and a Seascape

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Succor Creek thunderegg – Seascape

Finally polishing a few new specimens from Succor Creek has given me the chance to tidy up the page a little, booting out several specimens and uploading a clutch more.  This is a location I have not paid a huge amount of attention to in the past, something I am starting to rethink after getting some new specimens.  Especially after encountering the seascape specimen above – which seems a very good representation of the stormy North Sea. Like killer Green, these eggs seem to stick to their formula quite reliably, so when something else comes along, it tends to stand out.  Here, for instance is a specimen with yellowish agate. Succorcreek06One thing that makes the Succor Creek stones into something exceptional is their snowflake dendrites, which are very common here and often provide that touch that makes an egg into something amazing. Succorcreek08Succorcreek08detailI hope to get the chance to expand my gallery of these in the future and will definitely be keeping an eye on them.  Click here to see the gallery.