Some More Polish Rock Porn – And Something More Unusual.

I have just uploaded some interesting new specimens from Poland to the gallery – some of the greatest Thunderegg locations in the world!

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This beautiful specimen is from the closed Nowy Kościół sub-location Wrzynka – one of the few specimens I actually have a bed name for. More striking is the very unusual matrix colour.  This is not typical of Wrzynka, or any other sub-location that I am aware of and the ghostly white gives it a very special feeling indeed.

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Another Nowy Kościół specimen with a known sub-location – simply described as “The Wood on the Mountain“.  As you can see, a complex specimen with a much more familiar matrix.

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Next up is something rather more unusual. This one is from the Owczarnia Hills, not far away from Sokolwiecz – presumably a wholly new location to me, which is exciting given how few locations Poland seems to possess.

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And lastly, talking of Sokolwiecz, here is one – a substantial upgrade of the location and a fine example of the rich dark colours the area produces.

Lurking somewhere in my boxes is an excellent Gozdno specimen as well, still awaiting polishing.  Keep an eye out for that!

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.

Tautendorf

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A grand new arrival on the gallery from Saxony – the beautiful pale Tautendorf!  You can see some detail shots on the gallery itself here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany/Tautendorf/Tautendorf01.html

 

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.

Canada gets a New Location: Star Spirit

Keeping to the north-west of the American continent, we have a new location from Canada to publish, which is a very rare event.  Star Spirit Thundereggs are found in colourful indigo and orange clays on the island of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (formally known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). They are relatively large and feature a very attractive colour scheme of greys – a deep grey-green matrix surrounding clear grey agate, often with bands or waterlines. The beauty is also in the bold shapes they tend to form.

On both these specimens, the polish was somewhat problematic and I really need to rework them a bit one day.  For now though, here are the specimens with a little bit of processing to minimise the issues, and hopefully that wont stand in the way of appreciating what a fine and powerful location this is.

First Creek

I have finally uploaded three First Creek specimens to the Washington State section of the gallery.  This is an obscure but very interesting location producing relatively large eggs with a distinctly elongated and sometimes lens-shaped appearance.  The cores tend not to contain fancy agate, but a complex blend of minerals, sometimes very attractive in an earthy way.