We arrived in Tucson about mid day on Tuesday, Colman picked up our rental car and we drove out to Mary Jane and David’s home just out side the city limits in the shadow of the Catalina mountains. It is good to be back, the air is clean and bright with sunlight. After settling in, we took a walk around the neighborhood, here are two of Colman’s photos.
Wednesday we met with George, who had already been in Tucson since Monday, to go to the Mineral Show which takes over the city for the first two weeks of February. Our first stop was at the Inn Suites, where all the rooms were turned into little showrooms for fossils, minerals and gems. There was a big show in the ballroom and little shows were in every nook and cranny of the lobby. As we tripped into the building we passed a brown tent with this trilobite welcome mat guarded by 2 large quartz crystals.
Here’s Colman and George in the first room we visited.
Spessartine and Smoky Quartz
Microcline v. Amazonite Smoky Quartz
An unusual specimen of Calcite and quartz.
Pyrite on Quartz
This is one of many large fossils on display.
One end of the ballroom was dedicated to the fossil sellers. There are vendors there who are selling casts of fossils as well as the real fossil bones. The large turtle is impressive, the full spectrum ammonite fossils from Canada are there along with a sea full of crinoid fossils.
I heard guys talking about this piece of ancient sea bed, saying it took about 100 hours to clean it up to show the fossils. I’m thinking, only a hundred hours?
I found these beautiful fossils in a room showing a collection of work from Germany. It took me completely by surprise, I am used to seeing thes type of fossils as flat cockroachy things and had no idea that the living animals had antennae, tendrils(?) and tails.
Outside, in front one of the tents, these Indian river stones were laying down. There were hundreds of them in all sizes from about 2 inches to 50 inches. We saw even larger ones the next stop in Electric Park, up to 78 inches, also a part of a display of hundreds.
As we left the Inn Suites I stopped into the Brown tent at the entrance where I bought some ammonite pairs and a sand dollar that had finger-like protuberances aling one edge. This croc like fossil was centrally placed in the tent.
The first thing we saw at the Electric Park show was this split geode of Citrines
Here’s a shot of the passage into the park, it’s amazing to see and walk through these large specimens. This is only one side of the passage into the park, the other side was just as full of crated specimens.
This is how the show is set up in Electric Park, There was also a section of vendors in RV’s in an adfjacent parking lot.