Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter 2011

Happy Easter every one!  This year I colored eggs again with two of my nephews with some mixed results.  The rainbow egg turned out a little more abstract than last year.

As for flowers, no Easter lily but orange-red tulips instead.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dr. D. Jayne's Medicinal Bottle

While fossil hunting I came across this blue bottle probably from the early 1900s.  It had some sort of medicine(?) from Dr. Jayne's Family Medicines (founded 1831).  The company lasted over 100 years. Learn more about the operation HERE

The bottle has a seam line going to the lip which is a sign that it is machine made.  So it was made after 1905 or so.  The aqua glass was used till about the 1930s so it was before then.  Someone listed a picture of a bottle that looks similar to this one back in 2005 on Antique-Bottles.Net

Thursday, April 21, 2011

UV Fluorescent Calcite from Illinois

This is a nice piece of calcite that is almost cabinet size.  It has fluorescent activated sections almost entirely around the mineral when exposed to longwave ultraviolet (UV) light.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

UV Fluorescent Fluorite from Illinois

Most minerals that I find that fluoresce under longwave ultraviolet (UV) light tend to be white calcite.  This mineral is an exception being yellow fluorite found in southern Illinois.  One side of reacts to the light by producing a yellowish lemon colored glow.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fluorescent Calcite from Kentucky

Longwave ultraviolet light fluorescent calcite from Hardin County, Kentucky.  I need to figure out how to filter out the visible purple light though.  Image taken with 2.5 second exposure.''