Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sky Watch Friday- Sunrise, Sunset

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My post today is of a different nature than I usually put up for Sky Watch Friday,

I am posting a Foggy Sunrise, followed by a Glorious Sunset...however I will not be giving the usual 4 directions view of each.

I hope you enjoy the wonders Creator makes for our viewing pleasure.

Please click on any photograph to enlarge for a much better view.

Very Foggy Morning Sunrise in the East

Foggy Sunrise in the North

Foggy Sunrise in the North East

Glorious Sunset in the North

Pure Fire in the sky Sunset in the West

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Come on along with me for a tour of some of the gemstones that I have been cutting the last couple of weeks.

Click on any photograph for a larger view and get closer for a much better view.

The first item I will show you is of a very rare Royal Imperial Jasper piece that I cut into the shape of an arrow head.....this Jasper is from very old stock and is no longer available except from someone who has some before it was all mined out.

This next item is another Jasper that I cut that could be used in a bolo or a is sometimes called Picture Jasper because of the scenic nature.

The next piece is a very nice piece of natural stable Nevada Turquoise that I cut
it could be mounted in a ring or bracelet or even a pendant.

This next piece is a New York Labradorite stone...I purchased some of this material several years ago from a person who collected it from a new road cut that was being made in NY.
It is very difficult to show all the beautiful Blue color that shows in the stone as the light flashes across it by photographing it, but here you can see some of it.

The next piece is of a free form piece of AAA Gem Grade Malachite..I cut it to be a two sided piece so the patterns could be viewed from either side...first photo is of one side.

This is the other side showing a fantastic Bulls Eye pattern.

This is another two sided piece of AAA Gem Grade Malachite..also a free form piece.

The other side of the same piece.

This is a Fire Agate piece I cut...also a free form piece..very difficult to photograph the fire in a fire agate or an opal so all the colors show...but you can see some of them.

Another two sided piece of of one side

Photo of the other side.

A large slab of Malachite...marked for possible cutting.

This is a "Chocolate Opal" with great red fire from Ethiopia, again...very hard to capture all the beautiful fire in a photograph.

A very nice piece of Chrysacola that I cut form again to save as much of the stone as possible.

Another Chrysacola piece I cut, which has Azurite and Malachite in it as well..Azurite being the nice deep Blue and Malachite is the Green.

A two side piece of Dendritic Jasper...also a free form ..with the first photo of one side followed by a second photo of the other side.

Second side...same stone.

These 5 pieces I cut to a set size to be mounted into on the photo to enlarge it so you can see the wonderful patterns and Dendrites.

Next...another two sided Dendritic's one side then the other.

Side Two.....

I hope you enjoyed viewing some of the stones I have recently cut and I will continue to post more as I go...please feel free to leave comments.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

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Today I am posting a few photographs of the Sunrise we had this morning (6/10/2010 ) at 6AM...just before the rain clouds moved in to bring us a few sprinkles...a promise of more to come.

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You will note the different times in the Sunrise starting at 6AM through 6:20AM, the Sunrise didn't last long this morning but it was spectacular while it did.

6AM Sunrise in the East

6:10 AM Sunrise in the East

6:20 AM Sunrise in the East

Sunrise 6 AM in the North

Sunrise 6AM in the NE

Sunrise 6:20 AM in the NE

Sunrise 6:20 AM in the West

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sky Watch Friday

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I have been dealing with several issues over the past weeks and have not posted in Sky Watch for several weeks, but I am back and wish to share with you some wonderful Sunrises we have had here in the NC Mountains as I go up to my garden just behind our log cabin in the early morning to greet the day and check on the progress of the garden.

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The day began at 5AM when I went out and saw this full moon in the sky.

6AM Sunrise in the East

6:30AM Sunrise in the NE

6:30AM Sunrise in the West

6:30AM Sunrise in the SW

Cloud in the North

Cloud in the NE