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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2016 00:32    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

"Dit is absoluut fassinerend" sou Pierre no se hehehe

For the English guys, Pierre would have said "it's absolutely fascinating"

absolutely lovely phantoms.
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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2016 00:45    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Reinhardt van Vuuren wrote:
"Dit is absoluut fassinerend" sou Pierre no se hehehe

For the English guys, Pierre would have said "it's absolutely fascinating"

absolutely lovely phantoms.


Hi Reinhardt; and the best is yet to come (I hope). Riana is not well, but as soon as she has recovered, we will visit this place again and this time I will treat it with much more respect:-) Best regards.

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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2016 13:00    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Reinhardt van Vuuren wrote:
"Dit is absoluut fassinerend" sou Pierre no se hehehe. For the English guys, Pierre would have said "it's absolutely fascinating"
... And "Das ist absolut faszinierend" in German ;-)
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PostPosted: Oct 25, 2016 13:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Tobi wrote:
Reinhardt van Vuuren wrote:
"Dit is absoluut fassinerend" sou Pierre no se hehehe. For the English guys, Pierre would have said "it's absolutely fascinating"
... And "Das ist absolut faszinierend" in German ;-)


Thank you Tobi! I will keep you up to date with news when we visit this place again. From my side also, congratulations on acquiring your Neudorf galena. I hope you don't have to eat dry bread after purchasing it:-)

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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 14:34    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Riana and I did visit the 'phantom pocket' again and found some nice specimens. There appear to be many more crystals. Anyway, I will show some photos of this outing later.

Today I want to share a trip I undertook yesterday, to a gorge (Kloof) about 6km from our home. As it is a difficult area to venture, not many people visit there. I have only visited this kloof twice in the last 20 years. When I was younger, I visited it a number of times. The gorge extends for a number of km up the mountains and the pools get larger as one move higher up. On this trip, I walked a total of about 6 hours and fished for about 2 hours.

The purpose was two-fold, to look for crystals and to fish. I found no crystals but managed to catch some brown trout and small mouth bass. May you enjoy the scenery of one of the most beautiful rivers in Africa. It is summer here so the flow of the river is not strong.



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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 14:46    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

A few more pictures from this trip. I must say, I am feeling really old after this trip. How long will this 57-year-old body be able to do this? I will enjoy it while I still can :-)


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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 14:53    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Lovely looking area Pierre. It makes me want to cast a fly to a waiting trout, but winter is approaching here. Even though you didn't find any quartz, just being out, catching a few fish, and seeing the eagle was well worth the trip.
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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 15:39    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre Joubert wrote:
A few more pictures from this trip. I must say, I am feeling really old after this trip. How long will this 57-year-old body be able to do this? I will enjoy it while I still can :-)


You're just a kid Pierre. I was wondering if you carried a full collecting kit, i.e. bars, crack hammers, chisels, your tea, etc., in anticipation? I see you caught lunch.
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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 16:15    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

very beautiful place indeed
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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 16:30    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Michael, thank you. Don't worry, your springtime will arrive and hopefully, the wait will be worth your while:-)

Haha Vic! I had a good chuckle and still have a smile on my face. 20 years ago I would have carried a backpack of 40 kg up that kloof, but now I have to act my age. I don't know if I will be able to rock bash into the seventies. I may be a 'kid' but have many miles on the clock -)

Thank you Philippe!

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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2016 19:46    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Beautiful brownies, Pierre!
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2017 00:59    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Missing this thread. Can't wait to join in the fun :D
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2017 02:27    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Reinhardt van Vuuren wrote:
Missing this thread. Can't wait to join in the fun :D


Hi Reinhardt, indeed! Looking forward to a week of sweat and fun. Riana and I have found a LOT of beautiful crystals the last few months, but have also been very busy. I will make an attempt to show a few photos over the next few days.

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PostPosted: May 06, 2017 11:28    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Yesterday (Saturday) I took a drive to the upper Witte River valley (not to be confused with the Wit-Els River which is about 6 km from our home). The Witte River runs down the stunningly beautiful, and well-known Bainskloof (gorge). To reach the upper Witte River valley, I drove the 30 km to the Bainskloof pass and followed the twisting/winding road through the gorge to where the road starts the descent to the valley below. At this point, I parked the car just off the road and started my hike up a 4 x 4 track (used only by foresters and farmers managing a water 'divider'. On my way up, I encountered a monument to a young man that fell to his death there 5 years ago, and further up another monument to a disaster, which happened in the 1800's, in which a number of young people drowned in a flash flood. These where a reminder that nature also has its dangers. I have walked many, many km in the mountains, and am keenly aware of this, but also very grateful for God's protection.

My walk had 3 purposes: looking for crystals, catching trout and taking pictures. The weather report said that there would be a few clouds, no rain (SA weather reports are very unreliable). Not long into my walk, the clouds gathered and it started raining.
Fortunately it was not too cold and I had a warm jacket; also, the rain was intermittent.



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PostPosted: May 08, 2017 11:41    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

'Far away from the maddening crowd', that is my cocaine :-) I continue where I left off: As this was the first time that I had ever visited this part of the vast gorge, I walked off the beaten hiking track for most of my way up. I calculated roughly that I had walked about 15 km. The Western Cape has had 17000 field fires this year!
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/firefighters-battle-17-000-fires-in-the-western-cape-since-december-20170313
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As you can see from some pictures, a lot of mountain areas are burnt. As soon as the winter rains begin, these areas will be green with lots of flowers. There is already one type of flower that has beaten the other species to it and can be seen by their thousands. The amazing thing of this flower, is that it has no leaves, only a stem and flowers.

I looked out for quartz deposits, but even though I found a number of (low quality) ones, I only found a few insignificant, small crystals.

The fishing was not much better either, and I only caught one nice sized brown trout.

Life is not just about crystals and trout and I enjoyed the remote quietness and beautiful scenery very much. Here are a few more photos of my trip.



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PostPosted: May 08, 2017 13:07    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thank you for these photos.
Your country seems to have a lot of nice scenery places.

Can we say that the climate is mediterannean ? (with fires)
Reviewing some pictures, if the vegetation is different, it reminds me of the "bush" south of France, like here. But in South Africa granitic rocks replacing limestone.



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PostPosted: May 09, 2017 06:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Philippe Durand wrote:
Thank you for these photos.
Your country seems to have a lot of nice scenery places.

Can we say that the climate is Mediterranean ? (with fires)
Reviewing some pictures, if the vegetation is different, it reminds me of the "bush" south of France, like here. But in South Africa granitic rocks replacing limestone.


Hi Philippe, thank you for the photo and comment. Yes, the WC is Mediterranean. You probably have very nice species of minerals in that area of France.

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