Posts tagged ‘Oregon’

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:


A Rare Desolation Canyon Named Bed – Fly Ridge

Desolation Canyon - Fly Ridge Thunderegg

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.


Tidying Up Succor Creek and a Seascape

Succor CReek thunderegg - Seascape

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


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.


Opal Butte Thunderegg

Enigmatic New Tri-State Thunderegg.

Tri-State Thunderegg

Tri-State Thunderegg

This stone is an enigma. It surfaced as a new discovery in 2014 surrounded by an inordinate amount of secrecy. All I know is that it is from the Tri-State area where Oregon, Nevada and California come together. So far, very few have ever been released and it is unclear what will happen next – and indeed if or when there will be more or if it will ever be named. I hope so because the colours and flowbanding promise a very striking location indeed.

True Beauty – Whistler Springs

Not a new location or anything – I just wanted to share what may be one of the most directly beautiful thundereggs I have ever seen.

Whistler Springs Thunderegg

The Magic of Fallen Tree, Oregon

Welcome to the new Eibonvale Thunderegg Blog.  By way of a test and a first post, here is a showcase gallery of one of my favourite Thunderegg locations – Fallen Tree.  This coincides with a substantial update of this location on the main Gallery with several very striking new stones – so enjoy!

Fallen Tree thundereggs come from the Mill Creek Wilderness area in Oregon and they are among the most subtly beautiful stones in the world, in my opinion.  It is true that they can become a bit generic but this little gallery hopefully demonstrates that there is more to this location than just the basic ‘type specimen’ and that they can sometimes be extraordinarily beautiful.  The colours here are very subtle – greens, greys and light browns, which means that the occasional appearance of other colours stands out spectacularly.  Rust-coloured stains are common, as is opal (sometimes blue), moss agate and zeolite.

Scenic Fallen Tree - Sea View from a Cave
Scenic Fallen Tree – Sea View from a Cave
Quirky Opal Thunderegg with 'Floor'
Quirky Opal Thunderegg with ‘Floor’
Complex and bizzare Fallen Tree Thunderegg
Complex and bizzare Fallen Tree Thunderegg
Classic Fallen Tree Opal Thunderegg
Classic Fallen Tree Opal Thunderegg
Fallen Tree Thunderegg with Orbs
Fallen Tree Thunderegg with Orbs
Small and cute specimen with opal
Small and cute specimen with opal
Simple and elegant specimen with levelling lines
Simple and elegant specimen with levelling lines
Fallen Tree Thunderegg with Unusual Centre
Fallen Tree Thunderegg with Unusual Centre

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