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On December 4 1993 Husband and I became Husband and Wife. With a bit of effort all around we remained so for 20 years after that, so we celebrated by getting away for a couple of days down south in Dunsborough, Western Australia. The site was chosen for its proximity to the ocean (for Husband) and to decent granite geology for me. In a perfect intersection of the two, Husband was also keen to see a cave. I'll try and record as much of the trip here as possible; there will be some photos, but not many, because we have this weird tendency towards experiencing life as it happens.

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::This started in a rambly fashion but quickly became a post about the current state of the pretty rock pictures. I've left in the rambly bits Because I Can.::

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I am way behind in blogging. Take away the odd pretty rock post and I've been very quiet here indeed. Not that I've been short of material, but I have been thoroughly seduced by the low cost of entry and responsive audiences over at Twitter and Facebook. I'm here now because I have a cold that only increases in ferocity and irritability when I attempt to sleep, so I decided to make blog while the nose runs.

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Today's pretty rock was brought in from the cold (well, the nice sunshine actually) where it normally resides as one of the outside rocks on the edifice formerly known as the barbeque.

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This slab of Orbicular Ocean Jasper from Madagascar is a lovely subtle rock, so it may take a bit of time to get my eye in to appreciate the subtle colours and patterns. A couple of shots struck me as instantly interesting so they went straight up to redbubble.

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Stringy Moss Agate from Lake Bonneville Idaho is odd-looking stuff. Definitely a candidate for weird microscopic life, or perhaps something you'd find around a geothermal vent deep in the ocean.

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Strictly speaking it's now after midnight so it's a whole new day to post about pretty rocks. This one is Pink/Lavender Dumortierite from Nevada.

Help me!

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Pretty rocks, can't stop at one. Introducing another fossil-turned-agate: Agatized Petrified Palm Wood (Nevada).

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I bring you Rainforest Jasper from Australia. Where in Australia? I hear you ask. It's a pretty big place. Well, I don't know officially, but I have a sneaking suspicion this comes from Queensland.

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Sometimes the rock pictures do a pretty good job of looking like other things.

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You'd think with a name like Galaxy Porcelain Jasper (Nevada) this slice of rock would be a certainty for deep space images. The naked eye can see pale blobs on a darker, slightly messy background, and to me it looks a bit like a monochromatic deep field Hubble image full of clusters of galaxies. But nothing is certain until the microscope is switched on, and I confess it took several views before I warmed to this one. I'd say part of the problem was that I've been working with such vivid colours these seemed a little flat. But I persevered until it began to give up its secrets, and I'm sure space fans will enjoy this set.

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Sometimes a rock makes me giggle. That first look with the microscope under bright lights can reveal incredible surprises, and this piece of Carrisite Jasper from Oregon did just that. Teehee. I bought it mainly for its potential for fire, but what I got was an entire rainbow and even more deep space. Enjoy.

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Seraphinite is beautiful stuff. It was discovered relatively recently so it's not all that common in shops, but it makes beautifully patterned polished stones for jewellry. The reason it's called Seraphinite is because the patterns resemble wings, in gloriously gleaming shades of green and silver. Yes, like recent features pietersite and chaoite it's another chatoyant rock, and a complete bitch. Satan was a fallen angel; I think this is his favourite stone.

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Pietersite, oh pietersite, what heartache you've caused me. Since my first look at a piece of tumbled pietersite I've wanted to get in and take a closer look, but it's really resisted my efforts to capture its beauty. I've made some pretty pictures, but it's been frustrating knowing how much better they could be. But gradually I've come closer and closer, and today made another advance.

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What rock do you pick when you can't decide on a colour? Rainbow petrified wood from Arizona, that's what. Photograph ALL the colours! This will need a spot of tinkering to bring out its best, but it's got great potential for animal prints, aurorae, and snow-clad forest. I love rocks. But you probably noticed that.

ETA +1 image

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This piece of Mariposite (otherwise known as Emerald Quartz) hails from California. Good for it.

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I sense a theme - it looks like you're only going to get pretty rock teasers in the form of unprocessed contact sheets for a while, but at least you can get an idea of what's coming up. This one is Yellowstone Ash Flow Jasper from Wyoming (USA), which was presumably formed by layers of volcanic ash. Apologies for lack of science content.

I have tinkered a little bit with one or two of these but most are raw off the microscope. Enjoy.

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As per yesterday just a quick contact sheet of happy snaps of this dreamily beautiful slab of Brekian Jasper from Brazil. Fabulous palette; can't wait to do it justice. Also enormous potential for finding shapes and scenes.

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Just another contact sheet of some happy snaps of a recent acquisition that looks to be very promising indeed.

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Just a very quick, random, unprocessed, incorrectly lit, and oh too small sampling of a couple of my lovely new big batch of rocks that arrived today. As is the way with these things some I had high hopes for probably won't work out with the equipment I have, but there looks to be some pleasant surprises amongst them to even things out.

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Received the Plumage poster in the mail today. After getting the first round of 30 x 40cm ones back I made this one lighter and was sufficiently hopeful that I ordered the bigger print at 50 x 75cm. The good news is the colours came out really bright, so that worked well.

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