When asked for volunteers for this year’s Castle View JV Track season; I wanted to try out my new camera and learn how to take sports pictures so I did it; I was going to be at all the meets already. I have never taken track pictures before and was excited for the challenge. In summary, I found that taking pictures up close and personal is the style I like.
For archival purposes, here are the pictures that made it to the coach’s blog. Going back and looking at them I feel I did get better technique and quality as the year progressed, so I’m happy with the experience and look forward to doing more in the future!
Here are some of the petrified wood pieces that I picked up at my friend’s property in Northeastern Douglas County in Colorado this last weekend. The wood in Douglas County dates back up to 55 million years ago. To put this in perspective, the last phase of tectonic activity formed Rocky Mountains around 80-55 million years ago; so these are wood from the forests on the craggy, new Rocky Mountains! Interestingly, much more recently in time (about 100ish years ago), wood forested from the Palmer Divide was used to build cities like Denver. Forests have covered the land here in east-central Colorado for a long time!
So how did I find it, well, I just walked around and picked it up off of the ground, for the most part. It tended to be all together, so once I found something on the surface, I could search around that area and find more. I also tried digging some, and there was more under the surface as well.
Over the last 15 or so years I have collected alluvial smoky quartz crystals along the roads in our neighborhood while out and about. Others in my neighborhood have also shown me crystals they have found. I have seen some Native American points found in the area made out of smoky quartz too that are quite amazing.
These quartz crystals are alluvial and are obviously a ways from where they started. I am assuming these originated in the Devils Head area and were ground down as they were transported by glaciers. Many of these are very gemmy inside and could be used for cutters.
At the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society rock show many years ago I visited a club booth where one of the members found a huge alluvial smoky crystal along Fountain Creek that was on display. This particular stone was a large gem (perhaps eight inches in diameter) and they had another similar size quartz they found faceted; both came from the creek bed. That is when I decided that the larger stones don’t facet well (at least to my eye) — although the faceter did an excellent job it just didn’t sparkle like the smaller cuts.
My small collection of Smoky Quartz found along the roads near Larkspur Colorado.
This one came from a rut at the side of a road under some pine needles
This I found just a couple of weeks ago while walking the dog. Very gemmy inside.
Just goes to show that prospecting can be easy and very close to home; just need to keep a trained eye on the ground!