What I’m working on today

After a few weeks of searching I found a mannequin head to model my toques.

I am so relieved.

However, there is a hitch.. Of course.

The place I found the heads does not sell the heads. In fact, it hoards said heads for apparently no reason. They just sit around the store without hats and mock me from a distance.

With their eyes.

And their, “Not for sale,” marker tags on their necks.

But because I’m a master communicator, I managed to convince the manager to let me borrow a head or two for the week.

So, it’s pretty much rad.

Secretly I’m glad I have to give the heads back. They’re TOTALLY creepy.

Amber infusion


My latest photographic quest: To capture the bugs in amber accurately.

For it is the bugs, who met with their untimely death in the sticky liquidy resin, which give amber its value.

This is my first attempt.

I’m fairly certain I captured more of the gem than the bug, but I’m learning.

What I know so far: Amber happens in a bunch of colours, but mostly somewhere in between yellow and orange. Other colours: Pale lemon, red, brown and black.

Apparently there is also blue amber, but like the elusive sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest, it’s extremely rare, highly sought after and may not even, in fact, exist (Joke. Of course the sasquatch exists).


It’s a cool gemstone because the bugs fossilized inside help me imagine its formation, which (whilst logging weeks worth of CORE) I’ve had trouble doing with other rocks.

And now for a bit of history. In Prussia (circa 1701), an Amber Room was commissioned for the king. It consisted of several amber wall panels, which were transported to Konigsberg by Nazi’s in 1941 and is now presumed lost.

Seeing as how there was a big fire where the panels were stored and amber liquifies in heat over 200 degrees Celcius I think we can assume more than “lost.”

Gone, melted, destroyed or anhililated would, perhaps, be better descriptions for the ill-fated Amber Room’s demise.

But all is not lost! The good news is in Turkey, pipe mouthpieces are made of amber and as a result are and passed around freely because it’s believed one cannot pass infectious germs when amber is involved.

Still a bit unclear on what is actually done with the pipe, however.

Thanks Mark

There have been a lot of suggestions regarding improving my rock pictures.

And I thank you for your continued input.

However, I’d like to take special notice of Mark’s suggestion, since he went through all the trouble of noting his opinion, in writing, two different times, and then posting his own version himself.

So, thanks Mark. I think sales for ammolite will spike with this new photographic innovation.