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PostPosted: Aug 22, 2013 12:34    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Fascinating inclusions Pierre, and very well photographed. The inclusions look like 3-D on my screen. Do you use photo stacking software to increase the depth of field? Whatever you are doing, it works!

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PostPosted: Aug 22, 2013 13:29    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Fascinating inclusions Pierre, and very well photographed. The inclusions look like 3-D on my screen. Do you use photo stacking software to increase the depth of field? Whatever you are doing, it works!

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Hi Mike. Thank you for the compliment. The truth is, I do not like complicated stuff and try to keep things very simple. Mr. Ploum was kind to give me just a few tips which I am using. I use a Panasonic DMC-FZ28 camera and with small objects, use a Raynox adapter lens. For lighting I mostly use fluorescent bulbs (see photos), but for some 'difficult' minerals, use sunlight. Regards.



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PostPosted: Aug 22, 2013 17:47    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Fascinating crystals, with his own interior jungle, balancing green planets or colored fogs.
Really beautifull in pictures, should be still much better in hand...
Congratulations for your finds and thank you for sharing.

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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2013 02:28    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Josele wrote:
Fascinating crystals, with his own interior jungle, balancing green planets or colored fogs.
Really beautifull in pictures, should be still much better in hand...
Congratulations for your finds and thank you for sharing.


Hi Josele. Indeed, what a pleasure these pieces give to those that find and view. Some are so small that they are better enjoyed by viewing their pictures. Your description of them is excellent! Thank you.

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PostPosted: Nov 17, 2013 04:49    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

It has been a while since whe have been out searching for crystals. I tried to give preference to troutfishing and we have been very bussy with a number of other things. I discovered a new quartz ridge some time ago but did not have time to drive out and explore it. Last sunday, Riana and myself took a drive out to the farm (after obtaining permission) and spent the best part of the day exploring a small part of this vast quartz reef. We found some quartz crystals and still have to clean them. The area looks very promising. I intend to go back again some time soon and do some more exploring. The photos that follow are from this last trip.


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PostPosted: Nov 17, 2013 04:55    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

A few more photos. I hope to show some photos of cleaned specimens when I get to cleaning them.


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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2013 10:24    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hello Pierre,
Thank you for posting the pictures of the landscapes where you and Riana hunt for quartz crystals, and also the photos of the pockets in situ. Since I love to fly-fish for trout almost as much as collecting minerals, and you have mentioned trout fishing a couple of times now, I'm curious as to what species of trout you fish for? Brown trout? Also, do you fish for them in a stream or lake?
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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2013 11:35    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Hello Pierre,
Thank you for posting the pictures of the landscapes where you and Riana hunt for quartz crystals, and also the photos of the pockets in situ. Since I love to fly-fish for trout almost as much as collecting minerals, and you have mentioned trout fishing a couple of times now, I'm curious as to what species of trout you fish for? Brown trout? Also, do you fish for them in a stream or lake?
Michael


...and how do you prepare them? Grilled, pan-fried? :-)

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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2013 12:18    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Michael. Our area has some of the best stillwater troutfishing in SA. I used to fish a lot (understatement), but nowadays I neglect my fishing and only fish to eat. We have excellent stillwaters and rivers (mostly very bushy). Two rivers have brown while the rest have rainbow. Some dams yield trout in excess of 6 kg and some rivers, in excess of 3kg.

Hi Don. I prefer smoked trout. Very nice! :-)

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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2013 19:10    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Good to see your quartz outings postings Pierre, we've been missing you !

I have also been eating trout lately, once a week, from the supermarket, grilled. Very tasty but not as good as the real thing ;-)

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PostPosted: Nov 19, 2013 01:29    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Good to see your quartz outings postings Pierre, we've been missing you !

I have also been eating trout lately, once a week, from the supermarket, grilled. Very tasty but not as good as the real thing ;-)

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Thank you for the regards Mike. You live in a country well known for it's troutfishing. Have you not considered purchasing flyfishing gear and catching your own supper? Best regards.



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PostPosted: Nov 19, 2013 15:37    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hello Pierre; actually I used to go fishing, my uncle bought me some fishing tackle when I was 10 years old! He used to take me fishing for a few years, though it was only spinning for trout in his local river. I never progressed beyond this level. Other interests took over - climbing, caving, mineral collecting etc.
That's a nice brace of fish you've got there, by the way. Bet you couldn't eat a whole one! Actually I take that back: I bet you could.

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PostPosted: Nov 20, 2013 02:52    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Hello Pierre; actually I used to go fishing, my uncle bought me some fishing tackle when I was 10 years old! He used to take me fishing for a few years, though it was only spinning for trout in his local river. I never progressed beyond this level. Other interests took over - climbing, caving, mineral collecting etc.
That's a nice brace of fish you've got there, by the way. Bet you couldn't eat a whole one! Actually I take that back: I bet you could.

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Hi Mike. One of that trout would feed 4 people (not the hungry type). If you ever visit SA, I can take you to places where there are exciting caves wich must house fantastic quartz crystals. I am no good with climbing, so I can only dream about their contents:-)

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2014 05:51    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Happy New Year

As promised, a photo of Ceres, as you have never seen it before I imagine

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2014 06:49    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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As promised, a photo of Ceres, as you have never seen it before I imagine

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Hi James. Thank you for the New year wish. May you and your family also have a wonderful year. What a beautiful small town! Thank you for the lovely photo. Our town is extremely pretty with a river running through it and plenty of trees, mostly oak. I should wait till winter and post a few pics. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2014 12:31    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

It has been a while since I added to my thread due to a lack of outings and too much to do. With a change in weather, we are slowly getting out more and on one such an outing, a few weeks ago, I discovered one of the better pockets I have found yet in our direct area. I suppose I must give some credit to my wife, as this new pocket was only about 30 cm above an old pocket she discovered last year. A solid quartz reef separated the two. I removed about 3 bread bags of crystals and yesterday Riana cleaned out the remaining crystals from this delightful treasure chest. Fortunately I photographed this occasion, so may you enjoy this outing with us.


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Quartz with chlorite
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PostPosted: Apr 06, 2014 12:44    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Some photos of our dig yesterday. While Riana was cleaning out the pocket, I walked around and found another fairly large pocket. While removing some of it's contents, I was bitten by a number of ants which had a nest right next to the pocket.


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PostPosted: Apr 07, 2014 10:04    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here are a few semi clean to clean specimens from this pocket. A lot of these have fascinating small green ball-like inclusions (probably chlorite).


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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2014 06:58    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Congratulations on another successful dig Pierre and Riana! The clear points are just beautiful.
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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2014 08:14    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Congratulations friend Pierre and Riana by the finding of these beautiful crystals, a great time watching me pics of your reports. Keep it up, very nice.

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