The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

Mineral Collecting

From the Back Seat of the Marl-Mobile

All of this talk of “old-fashioned” ways of performing a task reminds me of an artist from Waterloo County. The very first time I met Reiner, we got to chatting about the local gypsum mines in Paris, Ontario. He told me about his friend, Christopher Van Donkelaar who is an iconographer. Reiner was helping him with his “100 Mile Art Project” Adam Naming the Animals, fashioned entirely from local materials – […]

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Colour My World – Electric Lime

As most of you know, I am a mineral collector. Living in Cobalt Ontario is a dream come true for the two rockhounds in our household. Mineral collecting is also a great source for blogging material. Today, by way of kicking the mood up a notch, I will tell you a bit about the mineral autunite. Some minerals are named after the discoverer; other species, like autunite are named after […]

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Cobalt: the Colour, the Mineral, and the Town

This post is in response to questions from my readers. [“…my readers.” What? All of a sudden I’m Ann Landers? Sheesh.] Any way… Barb Pyett asked, “Is cobalt a mineral as well as a colour and a town?” Short answer: Yes. Longer answer? This blog post! And while we’re at it, I’ll answer Deb over at I am, Therefore I Write. She asked me to post a map of where Cobalt […]

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With my People

It’s Monday. The Monday after a very long and tiring, but satisfying weekend at the London Gem and Mineral Show. Below is my off-the-cuff, more or less mineral-less mineral show report. For some reason, people took note of the pseudomalachite specimen that we had for sale. It was one small specimen among the couple hundred on the table. On Saturday, within a twenty-minute span, three separate shoppers remarked, “Why Pseudo?” These […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Clear

Halite aka Sodium Chloride aka NaCl aka plain old ordinary salt of the earth This cleavage of clear halite measures 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm and comes from salt mines in Goderich, Ontario. Some minerals are trickier to photograph than others. Anything shiny, lustrous, black like patent leather, and especially clear specimens are particularly challenging. I find, anyway. I learned the trick of placing text behind the specimen as a […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Mint

Look! Out in the yard! It’s a bird! It’s a blob! It’s… it’s… what the heck is it? It’s a 20.5 x 13 x 13 cm plasticine-like mass of annabergite – the weathering product of nickeline and rammelsbergite found at the Bellellen Mine, Cobalt-Gowganda region,Ontario, Canada. The mine stopped production in 1917. This hunk was found buried in the dumps October 2010. *** Me: Honey? Remember that great honkin’ mass […]

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