Opal , Australia
predominantly Opal that was mined or owned by me with some rare exceptions . None of the black Opal was mine . I just liked the pictures
Opal ( wood replacement) Specimen
A piece of opal level containing a large piece of wood replacement that I mined quite a few years ago at the Gorge Mine , Quilpie Shire , Queensland , Australia . Normally the opal would have been extracted but in this case I left it surrounded by sandstone, clay , opal Matrix nodules etc. as it makes quite an interesting specimen . Not quite " in situ " .
Boulder Opal mined by Bob Peters at the famous Bull Creek Boulder Opal mine near Quilpie , Queensland, Australia This specimen was cut and polished by opal artisan Allan Thompson of Quilie. The photo did not capture the full beauty of the specimen .I took the photo with a normal camera through the glass of the display case and photographed the print later [ ca. 2010] with a digital camera .
Boulder Opal from the Hayricks Mine near Quilpie , Qld. Australia [...had this rock for over 30 years , and finally sold it [ sad ] ] picture quality is poor as it was taken with a mobile phone of an old [paper ]photograph .Normally I don;t alter my photographs . This one is an exception ,but it does not exaggerate the beauty of this specimen .