Posts from the ‘USA’ 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. 🙂


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:



Richardson Moss Bed Update


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.


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.


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.


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.  🙂


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


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!



Two Newly Discovered Central Oregon Locations

Two new locations on the gallery, two fairly new locations in the Thunderegg world.  Both of these were discovered by Jason Hinkle with the help of Ed Pieters and both promise to be striking and rather special.

Paintbrush Bed is a simple and attractive location somewhat in the style of Wild Iris and others, sometimes showing some very nice staining of the matrix. The name comes from the huge thickets of Indian Paintbrush flowers among which the eggs were found.

Mountain View is a spectacular new discovery from 2014 in central Oregon. This is a very distinctive bed, marked by a very bright brick red matrix. The shape is often lenticular and the eggs are brittle and sometimes fragmented. The agate tends to be a quiet grey.

There will be more locations from Jefferson coming – including ones from with Richardson Ranch itself.  Keep an eye out for those.


WM13 Again and a Strange Intrusion

Two new specimens from the beautiful and relatively newly discovered WM13 location, Crook county, Oregon.  One is almost filled with lively yellow mineralisation.  The other shows an intrusion of perlite from outside the thunderegg, bursting in at one seam with what looks almost like aggression. Note the way the intrusion is framed with crumbs of fragmented matrix.




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.