Posts tagged ‘Thunderegg’

A Brief Wallow in Polish Nowy Kościółs … Again.

It’s a big page on the gallery – but if ever a location deserved a big page, it’s this one.  Here’s a few new images and details.

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.

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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New Location – Brenda, Arizona

Brenda ThundereggWell, things here have been a bit crazy lately, mostly due to publishing and writing matters.  But here’s one new location to keep you going – one that I will be loading onto the main gallery as soon as I have a moment.

Brendas are one of the more obscure ‘named geodes’.  You wont find that much info about them on the internet but they are recognised among the geode-cracking brigade.  However, when a bunch of them began to appear on ebay, it quickly became apparent that they are actually a type of thunderegg.  As is often the case with geodes, most were cracked open but there were a few cut specimens and one quickly made its way over to me.  It was recently polished, and here it is.  A rather curious thunderegg all round really, with a bizarre mix of materials and spaces where materials have weathered away in the core.  Many Brendas just have crystal cores, but when agate does appear it is a rather rough, opaque red and white, as here.  The black material is a bit of a mystery to me.  It’s extremely soft and could be a kind of decaying calcite, but I wouldn’t like to say for sure.

A second, larger and possibly more dramatic specimen is also on its way.  With tilt lines!  So watch this space.

 

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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