Sliced Laredo Agate

May 06, 2012  •  1 Comment

I realized after reviewing these photos that I probably should get a macro lens.  I took these with my Canon Rebel T1i and Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II lens.  Next time I find the time to set up and shoot some agates I'll try using my Canon 35MM f1.4L USM and my new Canon 5D Mark II, unless the Canon ships their new 5D Mk III to the stores before then.  I may take the MK II back and get the MK III, more $$$ but hell of a lot more camera.  

Here we are:

I like the little white dots around the small fortification on the left...cool.

 

Nice fortification with a large white dot inside.

 

A little bit of gold colored lining in this one.

 

Salmon Colored Moss Laredo Agatekj-0405

Abstract Salmon colored agate from Laredo.

 

Orange moss agate from Laredo.

 

A lot of reddish brown moss in this one.

 

Interesting....

 

I really like how the brown line of moss separates two nice areas of agate banding.  You can see at the top how the water I dipped the agate in is drying due to the modeling lamp I was using, it is a good example of how much the water brings out the color and hides the saw marks.  These are all unpolished pieces.

 

Red, White, and Blue Laredo Moss Agate.  I like the colors.

 

To me this one looks like reddish ground with some brush and a sun colored cloudy sky.  Use your imagination.

 

Gold moss agate from the Laredo, Texas area.

 

Another Gold colored moss from the Laredo area.

 

 

 

Nice plume agate, or flower garden agate, from the Laredo area.  See the rough version below.

 

An odd shape.  This agate is well worn from it's trip in the Rio Grande River.

 

Love the color.  I really like the green ones!

 

Wonder what this one will look like when cut.

 

Botryoidal agate is the globular spots and the dendrites are the fern like growth patterns, which on this agate are black, brown, and red.  It also has black marks that resemble burn marks.  Awesome agate!  I don't think I will cut this one.  It is awesome on the outside.

 

The very obvious indicator of a sagenite inclusion.  See the photo below for the cut version.

 

If I had tilted it a little more in the vise I would have cut through the sagenite buried in the top half of the agate.  It is not very easy to lock an agate into the vise and prevent it from moving during the cutting process, when that happens it really messes up your day. :(

 

Red Stripe.  Nice multi-colored moss agate from the Laredo area.

 

Another salmon colored Laredo area moss agate.

 

Laredo Area Fortification Agate

 

Laredo area bright red moss.

 

 

That's all for today.  Hope you enjoyed the agate display.


Comments

Carl Sullivan, Dad(non-registered)
WOW, Philip, these are some wonderful pics of many beautiful agates. So much beauty hidden from most of us. Thank you for loving such a hobby and taking the time to search, find, haul, cut and photograph for our enjoyment.
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