We are right to the left of the big burn in the center. Kinda busy. Still folks digging and opals coming out. The NWR is rounding up horses and mapping mining district boundries finally since 1975 act of congress. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20120810-westernus.html
Been a late night here. I started early doing a tour in Virgin Valley for a Gemologist geologist which ran long. Then the required game of scrabble at the Opal Queen which I barely won, blackout. Up came, well, not quite up, I had been ignoring threatening skies while digging for 2 hours LOL. Had a real “hot” lightning storm walk across our neck of the woods. I only know of the one fire so far. The one here burnt to the side of Denio Summit as seen from the Jct looking south. The Pueblo Volunteer Fire Department kept an eye on it and BLM crews arrived to 4×4 crawl around on the hill to knock it out.
Other than that boy did I find a pretty opal. I had to even make a poor Utube video of it.
Say no more here is the link.
Well actually, to say more there is another post with still pictures at the Opal Auctions forum. I do need to get around to having more auctions for some of the gemstones I’ve cut from some the stable material that comes from here.
By plume play of color we mean the Play of color in the opal appears to be on the surfaces of sulfide growths that look like leaves or ferns inside the gemstone rough.
The Klamath Falls Rock and Arrowhead club came out for the annual dig I host for them. We did not find any precious opal on the new claims I bought that we went to. We did prove we were digging in the right direction.