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Glass Frog

Glass Frog

Look at those eyes. And that translucent, lime green skin. Notice the white highlights. This glass frog is beautiful isn’t it? I’ve never see a living one. But I’ve found a real glass one, a uranium glass one. As a production art piece, it lacks […]

Looking for Fluorescent Rocks on Mars

Looking for Fluorescent Rocks on Mars

Lately, especially considering the activity at this site, I’ve thought that wondering around at night and looking for fluorescent rocks makes one an anachronism. But maybe not if you’re looking for them on Mars. It’s the latest thing up there. 😉 The illumination came from […]

Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

Casper Mountain Pegmatite Reclaimed

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited that haunted pegmatite on Casper Mountain. But the Sheep Herder Hill fire is out. The roads are open. And it was a perfect day to take a fall drive and visit the mountain. This old mining site was a […]

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Sheep Herder Hill Fire

Casper Mountain is on fire. It’s been 6 years since the last major fire there. And we have all been holding our breath, this season, and waiting for snow. first smoke appeared 8/9/12 about 4pm aerial attack began using single engine agriculture type aircraft on […]

The Lamp

The Lamp

Here’s my modified Way Too Cool ultraviolet lamp with it’s 12 volt battery pack. It’s got 26 watts of shortwave power and 13 watts of long wave. When using such a powerful ultraviolet radiation source, eye and skin protection are required for safe operation. Using […]

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Mine I’ve spent a lot of time hunting fluorescent minerals on Casper Mountain. Looking at my Confessions page, I’ve probably spent way too much time there. But until now, only half the story was told. Here’s the other half. And it’s as intriguing as […]

Wishing for My Old Camera

Wishing for My Old Camera

I replace my broken Canon A40 with a Canon A530. And I spent about four hours shooting my fluorescent minerals. The results were horrible. It’s probably too early to fault the camera, as operator error might be the cause. The old A40 did a pretty […]

New Camera – New Photos

New Camera – New Photos

It’s been over a year since the Canon A40 hit the tile floor and came to it’s end. The A40 was my first digital camera. It was a great camera for it’s time. But that was almost a decade ago. And that’s an eternity for […]