Feb 032013

rock beads 1676


I just have to show one more collection of rock beads… this one a bit more convoluted. It was taken from the heap on the table in this photo:

via show 1677

This wraps it up for this year’s annual QIA POW WOW Gem & Mineral Show.  In two weeks, there’s a gold show in the same location… a first time show, so I don’t know what to expect.  I hope to find my POT O’ photo during that show.


Feb 022013

beads 1673

Every year I take at least one photo of this collection of rock beads… they are arranged beautifully by complimentary colors.  I was talking to the booth owner and my eyes kept going back to these colors… so I (actually) asked permission and he said go ahead.  And then he walked me to another booth to show me a rock he liked.  Was he trying to get me out of his booth?  Here are some previous photos:



Feb 012013

amber 1674

These golden necklaces are made of Baltic Amber found in Lithuania.  Some of the necklaces are made of polished amber and others are rough or unfinished amber.  Apparently, amber offers a lot of healing properties.  As an example, the owner of this booth was telling me how he and his wife made a teething for their daughter who hence has never experienced any discomfort from teething due to these properties.  I had my eye on one of the raw necklaces and still regret that I didn’t buy it.  I liked it for its unusual colors, not sure I was sold on the healing strengths.


Jan 312013

portraiture 1673

Another portrait… She looks to be Native American as well with those long beautiful silver braids. This event is called a “Pow Wow” but it is not really an Native American event… but since many Native American’s make jewelry they are vendors. By the way, this event has been held annually since 1967.

Jan 292013

red 1673

This year I decided to try more portraits during the QIA show, normally I focus on the the things that don’t move.  When I saw this woman, I knew I had my “red” theme. I meet a lot of people in my job at the bank and I’m ashamed to say that I don’t always remember them… but Sandra is easy to remember with her striking red hair.  You can see some of  her  wares in the background.  Besides the raw rock materials, there are a lot jewelry makers at this event.


Jan 282013

rock 1673

As one might expect, there are a lot of interesting rocks at the Annual show. This is my fourth year photographing this show and was trying to find new ways of photographing many of the subjects that I’ve done in the past.  In this, I decided the hand added perspective to the rocks.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this rough rock.



Jan 272013

tractor 1672

Today is the last day of the Annual QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show, my favorite event of the year.  It rained yesterday or else I would have been taking pictures (and no I didn’t work on the RAIN theme…).  So I parked in the lot near the QIA building and saw this tractor pulling event attendees.