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Texas for Plume Agate
« on: June 09, 2016, 06:27:44 PM »

I finally decided to get my saws running and cut some of the material I collected at the end of April in Texas.  These are all from the Marfa area.  I can't tell you how much fun it is to collect these beauties.  I hike all over the place trying to find the special Bouquet Agates among the other agates littering the ground.  The ranch is 8,000 acres so plenty of ground to cover and my buddy and I do cover a lot of ground but we almost always find a new spot for the Bouquets.  I hope you enjoy the pics, a bit impromptu since I just shot them on my grass so forgive the grass blade shadows on some.  I took one pic of an uncut nodule that has the green plumes that should be spectacular when cut.

Thanks, Steve
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 06:52:40 PM »

Beautiful!
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2016, 05:12:13 AM »

Really wide assortment  of plumes. Very nice material. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2016, 06:01:41 AM »

Yow wee that's good ones!
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2016, 06:53:37 AM »

904 is incredible. How big is it?
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2016, 08:32:31 AM »

Awesome slabs!
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2016, 08:52:49 AM »

Yeah, 904 is awesome.
Just like being under water in a reef of coral and sea plants.
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2016, 09:27:23 AM »

Theyre all beautiful.900, 908 are my favorites though.
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2016, 09:30:49 AM »

Simply breathtaking. Thank you.
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2016, 01:29:29 PM »

Wow, Steve, fantastic.  I need to retire and get out there with you!!
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2016, 03:04:53 PM »

I'm gobsmacked!  I didn't think that kind of material was still available.  Those are simply beautiful.  That trip's now on my Bucket List but I'd better make it soon!
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2016, 03:08:02 PM »

904 is incredible. How big is it?

904 is 3" x 2 1/4"  Most of the better nodules tend to be about this size or smaller with rare big ones.  I attached a better resolution pic since I dumbed down the first pics.  I love this one for the plume on plume sort of fountain effect.
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2016, 03:28:38 PM »

Wow, Steve, fantastic.  I need to retire and get out there with you!!
Greg, I told you that you really need to go on these trips.  You will be hard pressed to have a better collecting experience as most other places pale in comparison.

@ Gemfeller Don't worry, I have been going there for 6 years and every trip I find better than the trip before.  They won't run out of quality material any time soon.  The only danger is these ranches go in and out of collecting status all the time.  This ranch closed a couple years ago right after we found a killer spot because of some family in-fighting and opened again a year later after we thought we would never see it again thanks to one of the family being pro rockhound and she was put in charge of the ranch - whew! The trip that these were collected on was supposed to be a 2 ranch trip and it was advertised in Rock and Gem (slab in ad is one I collected from a trip a year ago, I'll add that pic in this post). At the last minute the 2nd ranch closed to collecting and hopefully will reopen next year but it is in question at this point.

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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2016, 03:46:13 PM »

These are truly some spectacular plumes!  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Texas for Plume Agate
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2016, 03:58:17 PM »

Those are utterly fantastic.
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