• I'd never be able to decide on a cut to make across a lumpy and dull agate to reveal the color and pattern inside. Large view here.

Translucent Wonder: Agate

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Dedicated to my friend, dardilrocks...
Thank you my friend, for showing me so many of nature's wonders hidden inside.

This is shot in macro mode, but the agate chunk is actually quite large. It is perhaps 2 1/2 feet across! I saw this in a wholesale vendor area at the Tucson Electric Park venue, in the 2007 Tucson Rock and Gem Show. The day was overcast and it was the last day of the whole event. To edit this photo, all I needed to do was dust, via the cloning tool. The macro mode on my camera was so good that the tiniest of dust bits were showing on the surface. The translucent areas were wonderful to show the hidden colors deep inside this wonderful specimen.

eye of einstein, GustavoG, Bill in DC, and 32 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. eye of einstein 89 months ago | reply


    you are blessed to be near to the source

  2. cobalt123 89 months ago | reply

    Yes, I am blessed! I've been crazy for rocks since I was very young. I never thought I'd get to see such things and be in Arizona. I remember devouring my rock identification guides and reading about such shows in Tucson, never thinking once that I'd ever be there. Since the Tucson Rock and Gem show is now in it's 54th year, I must have somehow found out very early there were such magical places where rockhounds came together.

  3. dardilrocks 89 months ago | reply

    And thank you BJ! I only wish I had enough time to cut and polish every agate in my collection, but I will have to settle on the few I have time to work on and take great pleasure in sharing their beauty with you and all of my flickr friends! I try to work on two or three every night after I get home from work. I have worn out so many diamond saw blades I lost track of the count. This website, and the friends I have encountered sharing it, have opened up the world to all of us and made possible something I would not have immagined when I first collected an agate in the field. Thank you again for the work you do in producing your beautiful and colorful pics, and thank you for caring about a crazy old rockhound!

  4. lucycat 89 months ago | reply

    Wow, that is incredibly beautiful! Lovely photo, but I imagine the real thing (so big!) must have been truly mesmerizing.

  5. hamedhashemi 89 months ago | reply

    yea its a very nice one

  6. gabitul 89 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called seeing the world, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  7. Pegster22 89 months ago | reply

    WOW, stunning detail and color. Nature is soooooo amazing!!

  8. monika & manfred 89 months ago | reply

    Yes, you're very right - this is a beautiful shot!!

  9. tv writer 89 months ago | reply

    This is gorgeous! It's amazing the beauty that hides beneath.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  10. bevcraigwhite 89 months ago | reply

    you saw SUCH beautiful things !!

  11. Mr. Greenjeans 89 months ago | reply

    Love the translucence!!!

    I co-admin a group called Natural Patterns, Shapes, and Textures (moderated), and would love it if you could add this, and more, to it!!!

  12. Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton 88 months ago | reply

    Nice and subtle !! Almost like a slanted sunset !

  13. Eddi van W. 77 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Textures only (24. Competition), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. writtersrightword 57 months ago | reply

    Instant favorite. I have been collecting rocks my whole life, but nothing like this.

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