|Big Horn Sheep off the mountains in Colorado Springs looking to bulk up before winter|
My last visit to my favorite collecting area this year was successful. The Lake George intrusive area of the Pikes Peak Batholith is my favorite place to collect. I had found some float below a large area that had been remediated some time ago on our claim. I figured most of the float I was finding was just pieces pushed down the hill by erosion and a bulldozer from someone’s remediation effort long ago. Bob and I loaded up the truck and hit our area one more time before the onset of winter.
|Nice float a few inches under the topsoil kept me going|
Normally I wouldn’t dig an area like this, but some nearly intact showy specimens just below the surface kept me going. I also noted a few smoky quartz shards in the ground and hoped for the best. As I dug, I finally found an intact pegmatite, so I knew this spot had not been dug. I guess the area was just covered by roll down from years ago I supposed. Pulling out chunks of pegmatite I found some crystal faces with fairly good amazonite color as well as some quartz. I was not finding any really good pieces but a couple larger chunks of rock with numerous crystal faces on them got my attention. I pulled the pieces and wrapped them for further inspection and cleaning at home. I dug up down and all around as my mentor taught me to. You never know when something might have gotten separated from the main pegmatite. To my dismay, despite the nice formation there just wasn't much in the way of collectible crystals. I continued scratching around the area but didn't even find any more float up the hill, and was satisfied that I found the original occurrence.
|Overall color is good and I may be able to fit a few pieces, but it was disappointing due to all the damage|
|Note fingers to right for size, I think it was about 18 inches. The fish|
and game warden said this was big enough to keep, so Bob took it home.