Feb 102013

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This elderly man is clearing the sand from a fossil of a prehistoric predecessor to the alligator/crocodile.  My theme refers to the fossil. But as the man put it, he’s almost as old as the fossil.

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As he explained the process of cleaning the fossil… I asked permission to take his picture.  Then I looked around and found an Ammonite pendant that I could afford.  His wife came out of the trailer, slowly, and dug for my change.  I am very impressed that this couple still come back year after year to do the Quartzsite shows.

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Today is the last day of the show.  They intend to stay in Quartzsite for at least another week before they head back to Seligman, AZ… since it is still snowing up there.



Mar 042011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/400; 63.6mm (Canon SX10)

Hop you don’t mind more beads and stones…  but I promise this is the last one.   I find photography saves me money… instead of buying all these beads, I can just take their images home and marvel at them.  I’ve made the original size images into background images for my Mac.

Mar 032011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/250; 100mm (Canon SX10)

More from January’s QIA Pow Wow Gem and Mineral show.  When I took this one, I didn’t have the confidence that the bear would be able to be seen separate from the rest of the animals carved from Malachite.  In some ways it wasn’t — but with the help of Aperture, I was able to bring out the bear a bit more.

My apologies for only getting to post these photos now…

By the way, I have decided to use the Alphabet  for rocks, gems and minerals.  I was going to go in alphabetical order, but decided that would be an immense undertaking.   Instead, I’ll post as I find them and then I can always do a collage when I’m done.

Mar 022011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/50; 75.6mm (Canon SX 10)

This is a close-up of a pice of Lily Pad Jasper. One of the many rocks that I photgraphed during the QIA Pow Wow in January (and finally getting around to posting).

Jan 272011

ISO 80; f/4; 1/1000; 5.2mm (Canon SX10) (Cropped)

I attended the Q.I.A. Pow Wow Rock & Gem Mineral show last week.  Curiosity drew me to this booth.


ISO 80; f/4; 1/160; 5.3mm (Canon SX10)

Turns out, Richard Trusty, a quartzsite resident, packages the sand that one would have to first find and then sift through to garner the gold nuggets.  Note the bag in the front of the table that is labeled “sure thing.”


ISO 80; f/4; 1/400; 5.3mm (Canon SX10)

Richard does a demo. The bag of Gold Sand is in the pink tub and Richard dips the green panning bowl and to shake out a few gold nuggets.


ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/400; 23.8mm (Canon SX10)

See the gold nuggets?

Jan 022011

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/125; 7.7mm; 8:40AM; Digital Macro (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

Before this week, I would have thought that finding a photo of “winter” here in southwest Arizona would be difficult.  But with this unusual cold snap, our morning temperatures have been 28F two mornings in a row — and we may can expect at least two more such frigid mornings.  For an RV park, this means lots of frozen water hoses for those that did not let their water run from their faucets over night.

I knew it was cold enough for water to freeze, but still, I was surprised when I saw the ice on this puddle.  (O.K. I was also surprised to see a puddle.. but it did rain all day Thursday and I guess it is slower to evaporate in winter.)

Post processing consisted of a run through Topaz deJpeg, then Topaz Adjust/Photo Pop.  I used Aperture to add definition to the ice, and then I add polarize to just the ice.  Final stop was to add a bit of vignette.