David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

From the Waterloo Mine we headed through the back country towards Beaverdell and ended up camping overnight in a remote part of Christian Valley. Then we headed on to the southern Okanagan Valley where we collected brewsterite crystals at the Yellow Lake occurrence.

 

Brewsterite, Yellow LakeRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Brewsterite, Yellow Lake
A small vug containing brewsterite. The largest crystal is 11mm long. For information only. Not for sale.

Brewsterite, Yellow LakeRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Brewsterite, Yellow Lake
This vug was full of calcite. I etched out the calcite with vinegar to expose very sharp brewsterite crystals. This cluster is about 10mm across. For information only. Not for sale.

Brewsterite, Yellow LakeRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Brewsterite, Yellow Lake
Another vug of brewsterite crystals exposed by etching away calcite. Largest crystal is 9mm long. For information only. Not for sale.

Christian ValleyRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Christian Valley
Christian Valley runs parallel to the Okanagan but a couple of mountain ranges over. Just farms. Very peaceful.

Gorgeous Day!Recent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Gorgeous Day!
Besides berries, we were blessed with all kinds of views of wild flowers, wherever there was an open area.

What a nice lunch spotRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

What a nice lunch spot
One of the benefits of getting out collecting is the ability to see many beautiful places. This was our view during lunch one day -a beautiful mountain pond.

Spotted LakeRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Spotted Lake
Southern British Columbia is one of the few places in Canada where we have "salt lakes", catch basins where water is caught and, after the water evaporates, deposits of various salts are left behind. Spotted Lake, or Kliluk as local aboriginals call it, a 38 acre lake, is just a few kilometres west of Osoyoos and is easily seen from a lookout beside the highway. It is a "lake" but is dry much of the year since the water that fills it in the winter and spring evaporates quickly in the extremely dry climate of this region, leaving the spotted mud flat that you see in the picture, the rest of the year. It was mined for various salts, in the past, including magnesium sulfate (epsom salts), calcium and sodium sulfates. The land is on private property and not accessible, at present, by the public.

Mountain StreamRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Mountain Stream
Here is the stream that passed beside our tent. Look at that water -so clear and cold. I'll bet it is a raging torrent during spring melt!

Camping spotRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Camping spot
We camped in the back country of Christian Valley. We had Lloyd's tent and were fully equipped for camping. This location was just off the road beside a pristeen mountain stream. Sounded great! During the whole time we were there, about 12 hours, only one vehicle passed our camp site. Very quiet(except for that stream!).

Yellow Lake Brewsterite OccurrenceRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009, Page Two

Yellow Lake Brewsterite Occurrence
The Yellow Lake occurrence is beside Yellow Lake just west of Olalla in the Osoyoos Mining Division. Here is yours truly chiseling away at the rotten basalt to obtain small plates of brewsterite from veins in the basalt. This is actually a road cut and RIGHT beside the highway. I figured that the police would run us off but none came along. Lloyd found a tiny wakefieldite-Ce crystal in a small vug from a cut further along. (photo by Lloyd Twaites)