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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2014 12:56    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Thank you for your contribution Peter. I suppose in my 'simple' world, this is the best way to look at things: 'I think it is more reasonable to consider these crystals to represent a chance inter growth, and enjoy them as they are.'
I have found that this type of growth (as the specimen in question) is very uncommon (with that angle) from our area, as well as the other areas in Southern Africa that I am familiar with. I am including another photo of a similar specimen that I collected a number of years ago. I still have it somewhere in a box but managed to find these 2 photos. Regards.



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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2014 16:54    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Lovely specimen Pierre!
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2014 17:30    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Mike Wood wrote:
Lovely specimen Pierre!

Pierre,

I agree with Mike. Very nice specimen.

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2014 01:44    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi good friends Mike and Don. Thank you for your comments. Sorry, but the photos are not that good. If I find this little specimen, I might rephotograph it. Best regards.
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PostPosted: Sep 24, 2014 02:49    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Since my last post I have been out on a number of crystal outings with some interesting finds. A year or two ago, I discovered a small valley with lots of quartz veins and a few small insignificant crystals. About 2 weeks ago, I stumbled on to this same valley and looked around again. I found a promising crystal at a place where I dug previously and decided to spend some time there. Not long thereafter, I started finding small flat crystals, some with fadens and phantoms, others with chlorite. After a while, I started finding a few larger specimens, some with very interesting growth patterns; most of these had phantoms and fadens. The pocket under the rock still has some more crystals in, but I left these for Riana to remove. The area where I found these are just about 2 km from our home. It is not a safe area of our mountains as there are 'bergies' (mountain dwellers) living there. Some of these are criminals. If I take Riana there, I will take a firearm with, just in case. In the last few months, I just realized again, that crystal deposits are NOT easy to find. You may find a lot when you do, but these are few and far between.


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Quartz veins in sandstone. Sometimes very nice small pockets are found in these.
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Some of these "bergies" (mountain dwellers) appear to belong to some or other gang. These symbols are found spread over a wide area in the mountains. I suspect they are made by painting Javel (bleach) on the sandstone rocks.
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PostPosted: Sep 24, 2014 08:08    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Congratulations on your finds friend Pierre. The fact that you found quartz is very interesting. It's a good combination of faden type and the ghosts of chlorite. Get a sample for Riana. ;-)

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PostPosted: Sep 24, 2014 08:55    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Joan Martinez Bruguera wrote:
Congratulations on finding friend Pierre, the truth that you found quartz are very interesting, it's a good combianción faden type and the ghosts of chlorite. Get a sample for Riana. ;-)

Best Regards,-)


Thank you good friend Joan. I am looking forward to your SA visit:-)

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 04:31    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

James wrote:
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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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Hi James. A while ago I promised to place some pictures of our town (our immediate surroundings). Here goes!



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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 05:27    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Looks wonderful to me and very different from the Ceres I know well! I would love to head your way one day.

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 06:07    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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Looks wonderful to me and very different from the Ceres I know well! I would love to head your way one day.

James


Hi James. Thank you for your comment. I was saying to someone else today, it is a shame that we live in such a stunning place and are often so busy that we can not venture out into the mountains (which is just a few minutes walk from our home). I have not even been troutfishing this season yet! (which started beginning September). Joan Martinez is planning a trip, why not you also?

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 06:52    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

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So many place to visit! This year I have been to Mexico (where I spent my childhood) and have been invited to lots of other great places. So I think we need to plan where to go next - maybe SA will be in that list.

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 13:01    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hello Pierre!

Wonderful place where you are living. So far, I did not know, that you have so high mountains in your area. Nice Quartz specimens you find, especially with the faden.

BTW, here in the European Alps, we don't need firearms for collecting minerals. ;)

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 13:18    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Martin Rich wrote:
Hello Pierre!

Wonderful place where you are living. So far, I did not know, that you have so high mountains in your area. Nice Quartz specimens you find, especially with the faden.

BTW, here in the European Alps, we don't need firearms for collecting minerals. ;)

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Hi Martin. The mountains around us are not nearly as high as a mountain series about 50 km away. Having said that, I do not think South Africa's mountains are anything as high as yours. South Africa is a stunning place but the crime and murder rate is very high. Very few South Africans have not experienced some or other, or multiple, burglaries or robberies. Ceres is much quieter than the cities. I see you have a serious problem with dogs in your country:-) Don't we all.

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 13:33    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre, I just stumbled across your most recent post (no notification from the forum). These Quartz are really nice! Congratulations!
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Pierre, I just stumbled across your most recent post (no notification from the forum). These Quartz are really nice! Congratulations!


Hi GneissWare. Thank you for your comment. These quartzes are indeed very special. I cannot show the formation off properly with photos alone. A video would show it much better. I hope to post a few more photos from specimens from this pocket next week, showing fadens, phantoms and chlorite inclusions. Best regards.

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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2014 18:03    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Hi Pierre--as always, I enjoy your accounts of field collecting, and I always appreciate your very active involvement in the FMF community. And what a beautiful area you live in! Thanks for taking the time to document your successful collecting efforts and share them with us.

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Chris Rayburn wrote:
Hi Pierre--as always, I enjoy your accounts of field collecting, and I always appreciate your very active involvement in the FMF community. And what a beautiful area you live in! Thanks for taking the time to document your successful collecting efforts and share them with us.

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Thank you Chris. Comments like this makes it more than worth my while. There are many that do not have the privilege we have to enjoy nature (and it's treasures) on our doorstep and I share this with the hope that, especially such people, may enjoy our experiences.

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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2014 03:18    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Yesterday afternoon, I took Riana to the place mentioned in recent posts. It was hot but as we left later in the afternoon, we had very nice weather. We did not find as many crystals as we hoped but still found a few nice specimens (which yet have to be cleaned). There could be some more crystals but it is so awkward crawling under a large rock, with very little space, that we have now abandoned this spot.


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While Riana was digging, I capturerd the moon.
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Our last stretch to the car with Ceres beneath us.
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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2014 06:40    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

I tried my hand 'stiching' some photographs with a program. The scene is from our town, taken yesterday evening, returning from our quartz outing.


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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2014 10:03    Post subject: Re: Quartz collecting outings in South Africa  

Pierre,

I like the "moonshot" and picture of Riana holding up the boulder.

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