Posts from the ‘Oregon’ Category

A Curious Float Egg from Richardson Ranch

An obscure one here. The location known on my gallery as “Richardson Ranch, On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Beds” is obscure enough – one of many unnamed beds in the area that are only really known at all thanks to Ed Pieters doing such a marvelous job of exploring the ranch. Except … this isn’t one of those. Oh, this specimen was found at the “on the road to …” location, but this is a float egg – an egg that has been knocking round loose on the surface and must have been transported from elsewhere. It is clearly different in geology, being much closer to Flat Bed. A wanderer thunderegg and, as far as I know, a one-off.

Hey, we egg-heads get excited about such things. 🙂

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For comparison, here is a new specimen from the “On the Road to …” location itself that I have just uploaded.  It is one of the redder locations on the ranch, characterized by this crisp grey agate.richardson_road-newledge02.jpg

Just for the fun of it, here is a previous Richardson float egg – a favourite of mine because it is so different from anything else that I know from the ranch, and also because that matrix is just beautiful!Richardson_float01.jpg

You can see more from Richardson Ranch (and elsewhere in Jefferson) on the gallery here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/oregon_Jefferson.html

 

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The Green and the Grey (And the Light Brown)

Two classic Crook County locations have received an update on the gallery – Killer Green and Fallen Tree.  Both are powerful examples of understatement – fairly quiet, usually without any fantastically elaborate agate going on, but also extremely beautiful.  Below are a few of the new specimens, starting with Killer Green.

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Sometimes the simple just wows. This is a very simple specimen with gentle grey agate surrounded by green – but what a beauty!

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Colours other than the basic green and grey are quite rare here. This one has a layer of dusky purple opal, which also makes this quite unusual.

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Another one with unusual features – a very complex core with green tubes, complex white textures and an opal floor visible through clear quartz.

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An unusually dark specimen with hints of red-brown around beautiful grey agate.

And some Fallen Trees:

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A specimen with quartz (with negative crystal casts) floating in clear agate.

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A complex moss specimen.  The crack leads to a negative crystal cast

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A zeolite specimen.  I am told that the zeolite specimens from Fallen Tree are rather looked down upon in some quarters, and they are often discarded and left unpolished. I suppose if you get the same thing over and over then maybe, but this one at least seems a beauty to me! The zeolite is probably clinoptiloite.

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And lastly a delicate green-tinged specimen

Richardson Moss Bed Update

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A few new specimens have been added to the Richardson Ranch Moss Bed gallery.  I was shocked how little there was on there when I checked – not updated for years and not containing anything particularly good.  But anyway – these new specimens hopefully make up for that.  It’s such a fine location.  There will be more in the future as I have several of these waiting unpolished downstairs.

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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

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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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