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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2016 03:46    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Thank you Pierre, it brings back lots of memories from various trips I made back when I used to collect almost every weekend.

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Hi James, thank you. I value your comments. You read Jordi's plea for contributions, now how about sharing your experiences? I would love to see it. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2016 09:11    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Pierre,

I am enjoying the photos of your recent collecting trip. As one who is also interested in
botany as well as minerals, I loved the wildflower pics. The flowers in photo P1200266.JPG are very beautiful. Do you know the name of this species? Very unique.

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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2016 10:41    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Hi Pierre,

I am enjoying the photos of your recent collecting trip. As one who is also interested in
botany as well as minerals, I loved the wildflower pics. The flowers in photo P1200266.JPG are very beautiful. Do you know the name of this species? Very unique.

Michael


Thank you Michael. I will send a picture to Kirstenbosch to get the name. I cannot recall seeing this specie before. Living in the Western Cape, one has to have an interest in flowers. It has the most species in the world. :-)

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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2016 05:07    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Here are 2 specimens from the larger pocket featured in my last writing. They are still in the process of being cleaned.


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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: Hand for size.
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 Mineral: Quartz
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2016 01:11    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Jaw dropping. Those are some amazing specimens wow.
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2016 13:38    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thank you Reinhardt! Looking forward to your visit.

Saturday, I took a drive to yet another new area. It was cold with light rain. The purpose was more to just get out to where I belong. As I am always on the lookout for nature's treasures, I was rewarded again when I found a new quartz area. When I arrived home, I was pleasantly surprised when I noted that nearly all crystals have green to light blue phantoms. There are still many crystals, so next time, I will treat this area as very special. Here are just a few samples.



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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 33 x 09 x 08 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  7128 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 42 x 35 x 28 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  7148 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 36 x 22 x 18 mm
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 Mineral: Quartz
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Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 20 x 08 x 05 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2016 13:45    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Today, our gardener, Pieter and I was redoing our pathway to make it wheelchair friendly. While digging, we found a number of quartz crystals. Often, while digging in our garden, we find crystals; sometimes quite nice quality. It seems to me that you can find quartz crystals nearly everywhere here in Ceres :-)


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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2016 14:10    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

nice phantom .

crystals in your garden ?: "voyez vous ça"
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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2016 00:30    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Oh wow, and it just gets better, those phantoms are superb, simply amazing. I am so looking forward to our visit still got lots of planning to do. I think it's a good thing you don't find crystals in my garden or I would have had a second Kimberley se gat in my yard by now and a very angry wife hahaha.
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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2016 05:16    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thank you Philippe and Reinhardt. If it were quality amethyst quartz crystals, then there would have been a network of tunnels under our house :-) Fortunately, I have not found anything worth digging deeper than 24" (planting poles) :-)


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 Mineral: Quartz
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Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2016 15:00    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Michael, this is the answer I got from Kirstenbosch gardens with regards to the strange red flower (266 JPG) : 'It is called Microloma tenuifolium, commonly called Coral Creeper, Red Wax Creeper or Bokhorinkies' Bokhorinkies means small goat horns, if freely translated.
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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2016 17:21    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre Joubert wrote:
Hi Michael, this is the answer I got from Kirstenbosch gardens with regards to the strange red flower (266 JPG) : 'It is called Microloma tenuifolium, commonly called Coral Creeper, Red Wax Creeper or Bokhorinkies' Bokhorinkies means small goat horns, if freely translated.


Thank you for checking on the name Pierre. I have saved a copy to my flower folder and now I can add an identification to go with it.
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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2016 00:29    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Hi Michael, this is the answer I got from Kirstenbosch gardens with regards to the strange red flower (266 JPG) : 'It is called Microloma tenuifolium, commonly called Coral Creeper, Red Wax Creeper or Bokhorinkies' Bokhorinkies means small goat horns, if freely translated.


Thank you for checking on the name Pierre. I have saved a copy to my flower folder and now I can add an identification to go with it.
Michael


Pleasure Michael.

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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2016 10:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Ah, Pierre, the phantoms are super cool! Any idea what the depositional phantom layer is composed of? Also thanks for the genus/species of those handsome little flowers.

We are having some luck (translation- keep digging and you will find something) in Hiddenite but I cannot post anything yet regarding present finds. If we get into a decent quartz pocket in the next few days I will post some images from that.


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2016 12:26    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mark Randle wrote:
Ah, Pierre, the phantoms are super cool! Any idea what the depositional phantom layer is composed of? Also thanks for the genus/species of those handsome little flowers.

We are having some luck (translation- keep digging and you will find something) in Hiddenite but I cannot post anything yet regarding present finds. If we get into a decent quartz pocket in the next few days I will post some images from that.


Cheers,
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Hi Mark, I cannot wait to see your thread. Your finds do not have to be spectacular to be enjoyed. The adrenaline rush of possibilities is what drive us. The phantom find is very exciting! I only discovered this when I came home and cleaned some. We have been very busy lately, but I will view some of these specimens under my microscope (a gift from dear friend Reinhardt) and let you know what I find. Riana and I plan to visit this place again soon. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2016 02:12    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

I have not been back to the 'phantom' site, but took a few photos for a friend. Here they are.


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 Mineral: Quartz on Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 117 x 55 mm
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 Viewed:  6584 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz on Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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close up of above specimen.
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 Mineral: Quartz on Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: Longest crystal 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  6577 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 24 x 14 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  6573 Time(s)

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P1210160.JPG
 Mineral: Quartz on Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: Crystal 21 mm long.
 Description:
 Viewed:  6585 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz on Goethite
 Locality:
Ceres, Warmbokkeveld Valley, Witzenberg, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: Crystal 12 x 07 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 24, 2016 02:27    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Clear and beautiful quartz phantoms

Greetings. Enrique.
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Clear and beautiful quartz phantoms

Greetings. Enrique.


Hi Enrique, I value your compliment!

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I have not been back to the 'phantom' site, but took a few photos for a friend. Here they are.


Beautiful quartz phantoms, Pierre.

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Pierre Joubert wrote:
I have not been back to the 'phantom' site, but took a few photos for a friend. Here they are.


Beautiful quartz phantoms, Pierre.

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