David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Ray McDougall and I made a trip to Nova Scotia recently to meet up with some of our collecting buddies there and try and find some of the good minerals that the Bay of Fundy is famous for. We did fairly well and with the help of our friends did find good minerals and, once again, benefited from their knowledge and hospitality! As well, the weather cooperated and it was very nice weather for the days we were out collecting. Here are some pictures and stories of our adventure.

 

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Doug Wilson is co-proprietor with his wife Jackie, of "Amethyst Boutique", a great rock shop in Parrsboro. He is a great field collector and walked the shore along Wasson's Bluff with us to show us areas of interest and to point out locations where big finds have been made. We appreciated his knowledge, generosity and hospitality.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Here are Ray and Doug inspecting cliffs along Wasson's Bluff, Near Parrsboro, NS

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

We located a zone of nice chabazite crystals and commenced chiseling and hammering away to excavate some of the crystal clusters.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Where there is a will, there is a way! We did not have a ladder with us so we made one! Here is yours truly working to expose more of the orange chabazite crystals that you can see on the cliff face. R. McDougall photo.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

See the vugs of chabazite crystals to my right? To excavate them, it is really necessary to start chiseling the rock far away from them and work closer, to minimize damage to the crystals and to attempt to obtain the best possible clusters. R. McDougall photo.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

We recovered several dozen chabazite specimens. Unfortunately, as is often the case with field collecting, the crystals always look best when wet and dirty. The chabazite specimens turned out to be OK but are a much duller orange colour when dry compared to when they are wet, like when we found them! We always pack everything to clean them up and have a better look back at the motel or home.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Here is a nice cluster of the chabazite crystals, all twinned, as usual, in a cluster on eggshell-thin matrix. Actually finding an un-twinned chabazite crystal is difficult! 10.0cm across.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

An actual vug of chabazite crystals about 7.0cm in longest direction in basalt matrix, something we don't see all that often. Usually the chabazite separates away from the basalt.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

To collect on the Bay of Fundy is to synchronize your life to tides. Most of us are not used to doing that, these days! Every day, high tides and low tides occur at different times. For some reason whenever I am collecting there, we have to rise before sunrise at 4am or 4:30am to drive to the correct cove and be ready to hit the beach JUST after the high tide starts receding. This way we will always maximize the time that we have to collect before the next high tide starts approaching, 11 or so hours later. Here is the sunrise that occurred as we were driving out of Dartmouth, heading for the Bay of Fundy.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

On this day, we were teaming up with incredible NS collector Terry Collett, renting a boat and heading out to the various islands of volcanic rock that make up Two and Five Islands. THIS time were taking a ladder to optimize any collecting opportunities that presented themselves. Many of the best specimens on the Bay of Fundy have been collected by climbing ladders or hanging on ropes. This is high tide. R. McDougall photo.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

The islands look fairly small at high tide! As the water flows out of the Bay of Fundy, they seem to grow in size as their shorelines temporarily expand.

Recent Activities -Nova Scotia, Spring, 2016

Nowhere to collect here..... yet! When the tide goes out there will be. R. McDougall photo.