Noticed a turkey vulture on the way to our claim at Lake George today. It's hard to get close to these large birds, but this one seemed intent on holding his ground. On the way back home we passed the same area and our truck was mobbed with ravens. As we drove off we noticed a fairly large fresh deer carcass, so that explained the vulture earlier in the day.
I’ve dug this area
from time to time in the last few years and never run into even a chip or shard
of amazonite. While Bob watched me dig for a bit I pulled out a squarish lump
which turned out to be some fluorite. I finished up this pocket and started prospecting in another
area. Bob seemed busy, so I stopped by his spot and watched him dig for a bit.
Bob was down on his luck during our last few outings so I was glad he hit some
crystals. Bob found a number of smoky quartz crystals and a couple plates. I
started digging out the corner of his dig and ran into some calcite and
goethite. I gave Bob the crystals I found as it was his dig but he allowed me
to retain some goethite. While this hill has been dug up around a central
strongly mineralized pegmatite there seems to be plenty of minor pegmatites
running in different directions from the main seam producing crystals within a
foot of the surface. I’m guessing we’ll return again soon
|Amazonite shows up for the party!|
|Two inch amazonite with sidecar ready for cleaning|