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VII 2013 – USA, part V

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Another evening we attended probably the most spectacular event of the Denver show. Showing and sale of the famous Ross Lillie`s collection of the Illinois fluorites. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

At the showing. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Ross Lillie (left) was a geologist in fluorite mines in Illinois, here chatting with Al Liebetrau. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Specimens were exhibited in modern showcases with great lighting. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Showcases with colorful specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

One of showcases with fluorites. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

One of many incredible specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Each showcase was full of great specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Superb phantom. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Another colorful showcase. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Purple phantom in yellow fluorite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Classic etched specimen. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

More colorful showcases. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Another specimen with incredible phantoms ... and price :-) J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Quite big specimen with a cool phantom. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another showcase. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fluorite on calcite on fluorite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great phantoms. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Unusual elongated crystal. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Lots of great specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Lots of great specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Big blue fluorite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Great contrast with white calcite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Incredible phantoms. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Great phantoms once again. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

More of the spectacular fluorites. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Illinois fluorites. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Unusual fluorite and great calcite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tom chating with Sue and Al Liebetrau - great friends and fluorite collectors. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tom with Marschall Sussman. He knows... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Main show in Denver is located in exbition halls. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Main theme in 2013 was ``tourmalines``. Showcase with spectacular Himlalaya mine specimens from Marty Zinn colelction. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Iconic Himalaya mine cluster. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great combo. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Superb group of tourmalines. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Front showcase was filled with torumalines from Gail and Jim Spann`s Collection. It was really breathtaking. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Part of the Spann`s showcase including famous "rockets". J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Blue Caps J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of many tourmaline showcases, here specimens from Mian ??? . J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Famous about 20 cm big tourmnaline slice with so called "Mercedes sign" from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar. Los Angeles Natural History Museum collection. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Part of the showcase of the Australian museum. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another showcase. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Exhibition of spectacular topazes from a new find known as "Tribute Pocket", Colorado. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the showcases with mixed minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We shared the booth with Steve Perry who specializes in rare gemstones. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia pretending to be John Veevaert. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the showcases in Miner`s Lunchbox booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Impressive gold. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

About 20 cm big azurite from Tsumeb. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Showcases in Collector`s Edge booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great rhodochrosite from Sweet Home mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Small showcase in Collector`s Edge booth promoting their new operation in Red Lead mine, Tasmania. See article in MINERALS magazine about that project here. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Specimens in Evan Johnes`s booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Chinese calcites in Evan`s booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

New malachites from Milpillas. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Evan always has a great selection of speicmens from Milpillas. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the showcases in Crystal Classics booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great copper in Mike Bergma`sn booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Colorful specimens in Mike`s booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

More specimens. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Mike had a huge fluorite plate from Germany. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We found on the show this great smithsonite from Tsumeb. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Showcase with UV minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the showcases in Fine Minerals International booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fine Minerals International booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fine Minerals International booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fine Minerals International booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Superb Pederneira specimen in FMI booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Rose quartz with smoky quartz from Brazil. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great gold and superb anglesite from Touissit, Morococo. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Incredible tourmaline - quartz combo from Afghanistan. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great Pederneira specimen in FMI booth. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Very aesthetic aquamarine on fledspar from Pakistan. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great morganite from Brazil. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

New plates on Jeff Scovil`s car (he is a well known mineral photographer). J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We spent one nice eveing in Philip Persson house at the Mindat meeting. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

After the show we visited Collector`s Edge where Bryan Lee showed us his collection. He collects Colorado specimens, and because he operated the Sweet Home Mine he has a whole "library" of specimens from there, showing all possible varieties, pockets and associactions. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Colorado specimens from Bryan`s collection. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

One of the new crocoite from Red Lead mine waiting for trimming, in CE lab. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

After the show in Denver we drove to Colorado Springs. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

"Gardens of the Gods" - a public park in Colorado Springs with outstanding rock formations. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia in front of one of the unusual rock formations. Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Garden of the Gods. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View through the "window" to Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Spectacular so called ``Balanced Rock``. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Is that possible? J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Pikes Peak - our next goal that day. It is 4302 m high (14115 ft). J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Driving to Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of the Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View from the way to the top of Pikes Peak. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

There is Cog Railway going to the top too. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia at the top - 14110 ft = 4300m above the see level! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

After visiting the peak we tried to visit other attractions in the area but the roads were closed again becaues of the flood. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Finally we came back to Denver where we spent the last afternoon before departure to Poland. Google maps.

 

We used that time to visit Denver Museum of Nature and Science. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

In the main hall. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big model showing how the Silurian see looked like. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Silurian see. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Spirifers! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Evolution tree of spirifers. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

First plants and animals on the land. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Dinosaurs. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Dinosaurs. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

Sea reptile, Plesiosaurs. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Extinct giant Quaternary mammals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Thick net of human blood vessels. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Finally - Hall of Gems and Minerals! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cases with Colorado minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cases with Colorado minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Agates. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Part of systematic exhibition. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Systematic collection. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Mesolite from India. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Rodochrosites, great ones! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Superb gold from California. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great way to show the origin of minerals` colors. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Aquamarines from Colorado. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Superb gold collection. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

About 10 cm gold specimen. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another exceptional native gold. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Rhodochrosite from San Juan, Colorado. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Famous reconstructed plate with gem aquamarines from Mt. Antero. Over 1 m high! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great diorama showing pocket with amazonite and morions with the landscape of the area. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Close up of the reconstructed pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Colorado rhodochrosites. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big and cherry red! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Reconstruction of the sulphide vein from Sweet Home mine. Frame shows the small pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Looking closer... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

... and closer! Visitors can look inside the pocket! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And this is just insane! Almost complete Coors Pocket reconstructed in the museum! Hundreds of superb rhodochrosite crystlas. It took Collectors Edge 20 months of work for 3 people to reconstruct this pocket! There is over 3000 pieces put together! This is a great example of preserving mineralogical treasure for the next generations. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fragment of the reconstructed pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fragment of the reconstructed pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Fragment of the reconstructed pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Just fun! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tom in front of the showcase with the biggest rhodochrosite crystal found in Sweet Hime mine, known as Alma King. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Crystal is just incredible in all terms. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Great contrast and colors! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Main crystal is 14x16 cm! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Time to go home.

 

That was a great trip, we met many friends and seen many beautiful places! Thank you to all friends who helped us to arrange our travel. We will be back soon!

 

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