Curious Lower Hole / Testhole specimen

ponybutte_lowerhole02A new specimen from the new Lower or Testhole bed at Richardson Ranch.  These are interesting eggs because they do seem to show some differences to the other eggs in the area, with their pleasing simple and slightly stretched looking matrix.  This is only the second I have seen but it’s a location to keep an eye on, I think.

Exactly what is going on here, and how that bizarre ‘peeled off’ mineral layer formed, i am not sure.  It’s not quite like any egg i have ever seen before.

Click here to see the one other specimen on the gallery!

An American Onion

Naches01_05As a prelude to a major update that I really must do soon to the Washington State thundereggs, here is a curious specimen that I recently came across.  Onion Ring formations, where the rock splits into very fine layers are quite common in a few specific locations (Lierbachtal and Esterel spring to mind – and, interestingly enough, the British t-eggs from Sadgill) but in thundereggs as a whole are very rare.  Here though is an onion ring specimen from Naches River Bed 1 in Washington State – a lovely pale specimen with cloudy waterline agate.

I have several new locations to launch on the gallery from Washington – including more from the Naches River – so I hope I will find time to do that soon!

New US State and a Super Rare Location – Avon Montana

Avon01It is an unusual event to introduce a new US state to the Eibonvale gallery these days, but here is a first egg from Montana – an Avon thunderegg, collected from the surface of a parcel of private land in Avon.  This is not to say that this is the only Location in Montana by any means – I am aware of a few others, most notably several beds in the Bitterroot area, but finding them will be a challenge!  For now, this is the first and only Montana thunderegg I have ever seen.

PS. The famous Montana Dryhead Agates, though very nodular, are not thundereggs.

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.

Opal Butte and Turkey Tail

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Opal Butte Turkey Tail Thunderegg

Opal Butte has been on the gallery for a while, stinking the place up with it’s rather muddled collection of stones – not a page that befitted such a grand location.  Now, as well as finally tidying it up a bit by adding my own specimen to the gallery, I have also added the sister location known as Turkey Tail, an absolute stunner of a location with an amazing matrix.  I look forward to exploring these more.

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Opal Butte Thunderegg

Rare Agareless Giant from Gold Basin, California

goldbasin04Not a new location, but this 23cm monster has been hanging around for a while awaiting polishing – and here it is.  This is an unusual Californian location that i have yet to see any agate in.  Instead the cores are complex blends of crystal and minerals of various kinds.  I also took some detail shots as the stone is so big and busy.  You can see the other smaller Gold Basin thundereggs here.

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Intermezzo: Let’s Hear it for Tiny Thundereggs

DSCN2173Let’s hear it for tiny thundereggs! They deserve more attention.  Size: 1.7cm  Oh and it’s a Teufelskanzel / Devil’s Pulpit.

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