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Apatite Stone

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I’ve been fascinated by rocks and gemstones ever since a wee toddler, and I’ve gathered several (cough, cough) of these beautiful stones over the years. Now I want to learn all about them! I love using my macro lens to get really close up shots, because you usually see things you can’t. This is a blue apatite stone, and it’s about the size of a dime. My blue apatite is very smooth on both sides and comforting to touch, and shows off such a glorious composition of colors and sparkles.

Beauty is hidden everywhere, you merely have to look!

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Day 318/365 – The Fire Within

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can enthusiastically say, “today’s mystery “what is it?!?” image is ready for your guessing pleasure.” Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 317)

Kim guessed, “A lava lamp?” Not a lava lamp (though I could see that). And then Kathryn nailed it, “An opal?” Ding ding ding! “YAY for a change : )”  Yay! 😀

Yes, what you saw was an opal. I just love opals, as they are ever changing and full of fire. And really fascinating to look at close up!

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Day 273/365 – It Goes On

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 272)

Marlyn’s perspective: “ice / fruity popsicle / crystal napkin holder …. i can go on and on …it looks citrusy delicious” So many yummy perspectives but not the mystery subject. Marilyn’s perspective: “Looks like crystalized sugar.” Not crystalized sugar either. So what was it?

What you saw was a gemstone. So many hidden treasures! 🙂

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Day 226/365

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei

Discovery, discovery. I just discovered three spiders spinning webs, I was enthralled watching them work. But I wouldn’t have seen them had I not been looking! I also found today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 225)

I just loved Anna’s guess, “These are getting SO TRICKY haha! I can’t seem to get one right any day! Hmm I’ll try….is it some sort of stone? Like chipped or aged stone so the white part looks flaky or something.” Well, Anna, you got this one correct! Ding ding ding! Yes indeed, it is a gemstone. The removal of color suddenly made the white part seem like it’s flaking off, or even like water jumping in the air.

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OOPS! I made a big boo-boo a couple of days ago. Terry wrote a wonderful story about Merino Sheep Carpet to accompany Day 223’s picture, and I forgot to include it. I feel awful, particularly since this story is my favorite. So better late than never, here is his story. (Sorry, Terry!)

Sid Leffew: Long Forgotten

It is said that Australia’s initial prosperity came from the secret introduction of the Merino sheep and the later discovery of gold.

John Macarthur and those sheep led to the saying, “Australia rides on the sheep’s back”.
This was true for more than a century and even though he probably went to all that trouble to steal those sheep from Spain to ensure his own prosperity, he did indeed cause a lot of wealth to flow into this country.
At the turn of the 19th Century Australia had the highest standard of living in the world [equalled only by Argentina].
Wool, gold, and in recent times mining have kept this excellent little country afloat since the white man invaded in 1788 [the white man had been here a few times before that, just for a look see].
What a lot of people have forgotten is the amazing invention that Sid Leffew came up with in the middle of the last century.
It’s true that he kept it a very closely guarded secret, but that is no excuse for forgetting him.
He should be more widely know.
Just when the rest of the world was turning away from wool to synthetic fibres Sid came up with the idea of cutting out the middle man and breeding a sheep that could grow the highest grade wool carpet.
Everyone knew then, and knows now, that wool carpets are superior.
Getting the carpet off the sheep without hurting it became Sid’s biggest challenge.
In the end the answer was simple.
Zippers.
With the final hurdle out of the way Sid needed to be sure that his invention was kept a secret.
But how?
Someone was sure to see the sheep standing around.
The answer presented itself in the form of an old carpet factory that was going out of business.
The company had quoted to carpet the new Parliament House but they had lost the contract to an overseas company, and this was the final straw.
The building was huge and Sid picked it up for a song.
He had the machinery removed and the concrete floor dug up and replaced with lush grass.
The old factory already had glass sky-lights so all Sid had to do was install an irrigation system and he was ready to introduce the new breed of sheep.
As it turned out, the sheep loved it in this unusual environment and they thrived.
The factory was in an old residential area so he worried that the sound of the bleating sheep might give the game away, but another coincidence helped him out in this regard.
There happened to be a meat works in the next street so the residents thought that this was where the sounds were coming from.
Just to be on the safe side Sid installed loud speakers to broadcast the sounds of carpet weaving machines which he hoped would disguise the sounds of his sheep.
This turned out to work too well as several of the residents complained to the council about the noise of the machinery!
Sid was forced to spend a lot of money on ‘installing’ rubber pads on all his ‘machines’ to cut down on noise and vibrations.
Sid had a monopoly on this process for more than sixty years, but as always happens, the idea leaked out and his business was swamped by cheap imports from the third world, mainly the US, and his business folded.
The magnificent old brick factory was torn down a few years ago, and naturally, they built town houses where it stood.
These days no-one remembers Sid Leffew and his sheep that grew carpet but I’ll bet that the next time you walk across that carpet of yours that has stood up so well over the years, you will wonder if it came from Sid’s long forgotten factory and his ‘barn laid’ sheep that lived so happily under that glass roof.

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Day 65 – It’s a Mystery

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. – Albert Einstein

Some days I know exactly what I want to photograph, I have an idea of what to write, and can whip out a blog post in minutes.

Today isn’t one of those days. So today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture’s introduction is short and sweet. Here it is, do you know? Can you guess?

What Is It?!?

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What What That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 64)

Was it granite or marble? No. What about frost or broken glass? Not that either. A crater or volcanic ash? Great guess. But no. How about floor glue or caulking putty? No. Would I be so sneaky to use the same type of picture two days in a row?

You bet! Yesterday’s picture was of another gemstone. When I was photographing it and examining it closely, it looked like water splashing out of ice to me. Unfortunately, I don’t know what type of gemstone. Here’s a different perspective. 🙂

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