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Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 25, 2011 - 03:58pm PT
Thank you for all the nice photos of rock and crystals! Very fun. Maybe Minerals will chime in?

As for the state rock, well, perhaps the name serpentinite inspired the wriggling?
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
Well I'm back
Crestmore Quarry

Of course I can't ID all 4000
If LEB, or Skip, or anyone else on ST showed me a mineral, I could Probably ID it
and of course rocks are different, since there are 10 types of granite, and ten types of andesite, those are a lot tougher to ID

I have worked at Crestmore, testing air pollution a bunch of times and found some cool stuff
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 06:57pm PT
I hope LEB's one crystal isn't bigger than mine, I am worried
This is above our TV, and I moved some small ones out to see the biggies
The 2 center are quartz sabers, the ruler is 12 inches
the back ones are Selenite, or Gypsum
Credit: Dr. F.

This Selenite and 6 inch quartz live on the entrance table
Credit: Dr. F.

I have bigger still
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
I predict you and LEB will circle each other from one end of this site to the other. A perfect match, enjoy.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 07:24pm PT
Everyone of those is unworthy of ID-ing

Try again
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 07:34pm PT
You and LEB LOL

DMT
MMCC

climber
New Zealand
Jan 25, 2011 - 07:34pm PT
Minerals aren't rocks, this is like starting a "celebrate curry" thread then showing photographs of cumin and turmeric, in little zip loc baggies.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 08:08pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.

These are minerals worth ID-ing
top left . to right
second row..
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 08:37pm PT
I do like opalized mollusk shells
Credit: Dr. F.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 25, 2011 - 08:39pm PT
OCD is a tough rap to beat.

DMT
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
Just a naturalist in training
Rocks, plants, animals, evolution, ecology
Its all one glorious never ending adventure
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 25, 2011 - 10:56pm PT
hey there Dr.F and all...

especiall, spider, and maybe weschrist, too...

mine are just common rocks... don't have any special ones, but i love them all...

lost a lot, when i moved... :(

but i did mail some, here, and have a small box left... think i left some at my mom's, not sure...

well---NOW that i am in the digital-camera world, i can take some pics, :)
AND--NOW THAT i am in a bigger place, they are NOT PACKED away where i can't reach them :))

so i will be back in a bit... and share some... course, i got to downsize the pics, etc...


well, at any rate, they are special to me...

love them rocks!!!


*oh, say, any of you folks from san jose, or campbell, los gatos, or saratoga, or whatever...
mark (chappy) and matt, used to be going to the campbell rock shop a lot...
wished i could have, but they got to ride their bikes there??? i think, and i did not get to...
well:
did ANY OF YOU ALL ever go there, i am just curious...

:)

all for now...
fun stufffffffffffffffff...for sure...
wow, if you can't climb, lug 'em home...
or, stuff them in your ol' pockets... ;)

:))
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
Everyone has some rocks

I have 1000s

we just hauled 800 lbs of rocks, gravel, sand, and pet wood back this week end after going to Quartzite, the river, Turtle Mts

we got peridot, brown feldspar, jasper pebbles, calcrete,
I bought a huge piece of natural copper from Michigan, and a crystal of apatite from Mex 3 inches long
plus some arrow heads from the Sahara Desert, dated at 10,000 BPA

to go with the arrowhead collection
most of which are found by me, but I buy them sometimes, when they are too good to pass up

Here is the "Found" Arrowhead Collection
Todd Gordon gave me the one big white one, as part of a wedding gift, Thanks Todd
Dave Stahl found the one just to the left, on our second Ever excursion on a new area we developed. Its made from Chalcedony, its glows
Its my favorite, and is Flawless

I found most the rest near Mammoth, or in the desert
Credit: Dr. F.
Dave Stahl also found the white broken one, just to the left
He picked it up, said "its broken" and threw it into the bushes

I go "wait, I want It" too late, but I searched for it and found it after about 10 minutes
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:19pm PT
I have perfect
How big is your perfect one?




Any fire? Any prisms inside

I quartz, those are flaws, not perfection
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:33pm PT
Here's perfection
double terminated pencils, 6 inches long
and a 1 inch Grade AAA Herkimer Diamond
absolutely clear, and perfectly terminated
I will get a better picture someday
Its worth alot more than $15
Credit: Dr. F.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2011 - 11:56pm PT
well all 3000 found me

and if crystal energy is real
I would be flying higher than a kite, because they are everywhere in the house
big ass topazes, Aquamarine the size of beer cans
Tourmaline rainbows and garnet gravel


LEB, rather than BLAH, blah blah

Take my ID quiz from the page before

Its easy
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 26, 2011 - 12:15am PT
hey there say, Dr. F.... wow, more great pics you got...

say, yes, i am just simply the "pick up what impresses you" kind of collector...

say, i got one more curtain to make, and i hope to share my meger, but rocks-non-the-less stuff... :))

fun thread, say, i hope more folks chip in too...
would be really fun to see more collections, especially from all over
the states, and other countries, too...

:)
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2011 - 10:26am PT
I have alot of amethyst already

and wrong again, LEB
The only reason I have been so successful, is because I CAN focus all my energy, and passion into constructive endeavors
Rokrover

Trad climber
SB, CA
Jan 26, 2011 - 11:30am PT
We love collecting serpentine. Not only is it our favorite local mineral but it enables a lot of hiking through otherwise impenetrable chaparral, being toxic to many plants. There are many serpentine barrens around Figueroa Mountain near Los Olivos as well as outcrops of cinnabar, chromite, magnesite, calcite etc.

Here's some serpentine images from the area.



A vast scree:


A big block:


The local sculptor John Cody is famous for working primarily in serpentine and here's a bear we are proud to own:



Not a healthy mineral to carve as it often contains asbestos!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Jan 26, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Now those are some MAN HANDS.

DMT
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