This beauty is one of the most obscure new locations to come along in a while – the Ugam River, Uzbekistan. I don’t know much about it save that it is from the Taskent region and I did hear that the location has been lost in a border/military zone, which has to be the most miserable fate to befall any thunderegg location! This is the only specimen I have, but it is now launched on the gallery.
I am sure a certain mindset would have no trouble finding all sorts of jokes about this new location – and I also suspect my blog will be turning up in some interesting search results now – but all that pales against the fact that I have just launched a gallery of one of the most exciting new locations to come along in a while and a brand new country. Thundereggs from the Greek Isle of Lesbos. These are extraordinary stones – superficially drab but very complex and interesting when you get to know them.
Characterised by off-centre cores and stormy grey chalcedony, these produce some of the best close-up shots I have seen in a while. I have shared one of these before on the blog here and they have been all over my facebook page, but now I am finally launching the formal gallery of them with the whole specimens.
Click here to take a look: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/Greece.html
Here are some of the close-up detail shots, to give you an idea of the worlds that reside within these wonderful rocks:
This is probably the top Köpfchen thunderegg that I have been lucky enough to find in my current work with the location – and to celebrate I have launched an update of the Köpfchen page on the Eibonvale Gallery. In addition, I have recently treated myself to a basic digital microscope, so these are the first thundereggs to be accompanied by some really close-up details. I attach a few of the best ones (from various stones) here below.
Click here to visit the Köpfchen page on the Eibonvale Gallery. I hope to start getting some more updates online soon. There are plenty of interesting new locations awaiting attention.
Very complex specimen with Pseudomorphs
Simple specimen with agate banding
Rough and ready with massive crystal growth.
Click the image for a larger version.
These are Kopfchen thundereggs. With a few exceptions, the first batch of Kopfchens I got were somewhat on the scrappy side – tail end of a stock I think. So much so that I quickly labelled them one of the ugliest thundereggs in the world! But I was very pleased to get a second chance with them just today. Of course, they are still almost always EXTREMELY rough and a deeply flawed thunderegg – they must have been through some dramatic stress even by the standards of German stones to end up quite this beat up. I suppose if you can’t stand cracks you won’t stand Kopfchens – but hey, I think they have an aesthetic and a character and a lot of nice colours to them, so maybe not so ugly now, right?
There will be more of these as I slowly polish through the stock – and yes, some will be for sale or swap.
Just to keep you going through the quiet times, here are two thunderegg detail shots – zooming close in to the amazing worlds of these rocks.
The first is a true storm from a Greek Lesbos thunderegg, looking like the wrath of god.
The second is a detail of my seemingly quite simple Redwing thunderegg. Burning bushes, coral sea, coastal sediment from a river – whatever it is, it seems to be glowing!
Now THAT’s how to pack a rock! Genius! And a nice stroke in the war against the great enemy (newspaper) . . .