Introducing a month long exploration of natural wonders seen by a woman who always has a camera on hand. We begin exploring with the wonders of minerals.
“Velvet Beauty” is a magnificent collector’s specimen from Bisbee, Arizona. This museum-quality piece of malachite and azurite was available for purchase at a rock and gem show for a mere $25,000. See a higher resolution image here.
A titanium wash over a piece of quartz crystal is heat-treated to produce great color and flash. Seen on display with a vendor at the world-famous Quartzite, Arizona Rock and Gems show. Higher resolution image here.
Most of my rockhounding these days is manifested in collecting images of great rock and minerals, such as this amazing specimen of pyrite crusted on the bevel edges of these cubes of calcite from China, seen at the Tucson Rock and Gem Show.