Just finished updating all the mineral photos (bigger, cleaned up backgrounds, better color balance, etc.) and also posted several new ones including the first attempt at photographing a fluorescent piece. Drill down to the photos by name or by location.
We were in New Mexico for other reasons, but managed to visit two sites while here – both in extreme southern New Mexico, near where we were staying in Las Cruces. September 18th Kilibourne Hole is a “Maar” – a volcanic feature where subterranean magma came into contact with ground water near the surface. The [...]
For this trip, we flew into Denver for a 10-day loop through Colorado. Originally I tried to rent an FJ Cruiser because I knew we’d be facing some pretty rough roads up in the mountains. Well, there are no rental agencies that have FJ’s, but it turns out Toyota rents them directly! There is only [...]
Searles Lake is a mostly dry terminal lake in the Mojave Desert east of Ridgecrest. A terminal lake is one in which there is no outflow – whatever water enters it must eventually evaporate. This evaporation has been occuring for over 100,000 years and has left behind a vast array of sodium, potassium, carbonate, sulfate, [...]
May 24th We decided to fly into Las Vegas and make a big loop through Arizona for this trip. I’m not sure if the airlines actually stock extra quantities of those mini booze bottles for flights from the East Coast to Vegas, but judging by the passenger’s temperaments as Vegas drew closer, they must. I [...]
May 10th Melissa was already in L.A. for a trade show, so I flew out and joined her there. After a quick lunch we took interstate 15 out into the high desert. The first stop was an old mining area just outside Barstow, CA. There were several shafts and entrances in the vicinity, but the [...]