Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario


One Word Photo Challenge: Lavender

[To herself] Lavender, eh? Lavender… hmm, I’ve done purple, I’ve shown them eggplant, and I already flooded the blogosphere with pictures of amethyst. What do I have left to show them that fits this variation of purple? OK, nothing to do but search through the photo files. This time, though, I’m sorting the list from Z to A. That way I’ll avoid aforementioned quartz variety. BINGO! This is PERFECT! Ladies […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Emerald

“It’s just beryl,” says my husband when mineral talk turns to emeralds. Scornful like. It troubles him that precious stones such as diamond and emerald are so incredibly plentiful relative to the rarer mineral species yet they command huge dollars on the cut-stone market. You have to hand it to De Beers for outstanding marketing. His scorn is further enhanced by the fact the perfectly gorgeous natural crystals are put […]

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The Treasure Hunt

One of the appeals of mineral collecting is the concept of treasure hunt. While the minerals that we look for do not fill the bill as regards monetary value, they are precious for their scientific significance. Now, don’t get me wrong. Of course, we are grateful that other mineral collectors are willing to pay for the specimens that we uncover. When we put an item up for auction, and two or […]

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 31

What can you always be found with? Lip balm. In every pocket of every shirt, coat, or pair of jeans. A drawer in every room has a lip balm. Huh. A fond memory just popped up. My first date with The One was spent hiking the trails at Rondeau Provincial Park. What should have/would have taken a reasonable courting couple three or four months, we managed in three or four hours that afternoon. Before […]

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My Photography Studio

Here’s my functional if not your typical photo studio. It is sitting on a glass-topped coffee table. When I take my photos, I sit on the floor with legs outstretched under the table – not typical by any means, but easy on my back and I am as stable as I’m going to be. I can hold the camera resting it on the floor of the box if I need […]

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One Word Photo Challenge Chartreuse (yellow-green)

Pyromorphite Crystals from the Society Girl Mine, BC, Canada 2.5 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm Pyromorphite is a secondary lead mineral found in the oxidised zones of lead deposits. Typically coloured green, yellowish, brownish, greyish or white in barrel-shaped hexagonal prisms, in clusters or as druses on matrix. Compared to other countries, Canada doesn’t have as much to show for it in terms of splashy minerals. That’s why I’m particularly smitten by these vividly […]

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