April ended well, with the biggest pocket of smokys I've ever worked on. The excavation was about 5 feet deep and measured about 10 feet across. While the collapsed pocket was not nearly this big (1ft deep by about 3ft across), the excavation was required to ensure crystals were taken out without damage. Many of the smokys exceeded 4 inches and length. Below is a photo record of the find. My partner Bob made the discovery in an area we have been prospecting for about a year. We shall return!
|Pocket is opening up with smoky quartz appearing|
|Smoky Quartz crystals are now popping up as we dig further down|
|Careful extraction is key to preserving 1 billion yr old crystals|
|Some crystals nearly cleaned up for display|
|Bob ensuring all crystals are removed from pocket|
|Crystal grouping preserved in mud|
|Finished product one of several 5 inch crystals|