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Since its almost that time of the year, I thought Show More

id share some clusters known for their colors and really match the autumn season. These stones are a mix of iron and manganese, I show off different formations that I have found at the Diamond Hill Mine in South Carolina. Interestingly manganese will only grow on other stones, so you will never find a pure manganese stone. Its always mixed with iron or quartz or some other mineral. I shine a light through the stones to show off their iron and manganese inclusions. They are pretty rare compared to most clear crystals or quartz I find at the Diamond Hill Mine. So its always a nice treat when I come across them. I have iron/manganese stones with spotty variants and a few with it really mixed into the stones. Many skeletal and druzy formations. This is my entry for @nat-expressions weekly challenge called #fridaysrock. Hide

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On another day I travel again to the mine but this Show More

time with @ryulincoln He and I have gone to Graves Mountain and Diamond Hill mine in the past. We look through different dig areas and walk around the properties together. He has found some great specimens in past digs and we keep finding great crystals. On our way up to the mine we drove through heavy rain caused by Hurricane Michael which was South of us at the time of us traveling to this location. It was raining earlier in the day so it was perfect conditions to find shiny stones on the surface all over this property. Which I did, we found a crystal about every 10 minutes. I tried to explore other areas that @activate.alpha and I already checked out a few days before this trip. You can find our previous trip to the Diamond Hill Mine in South Carolina here: https://steemit.com/fridaysrock/@solominer/p0g11u03 @ryulincoln found a great thumb sized crystal point and I found many druzy crystals of all sizes and shapes. Even found a "Halloween Cluster", I will be sharing those next Friday as a very Halloween themed #fridayrocks I need to do a recording of our findings at the Diamond Hill mine, soon to come. Hide

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@activate.alpha and I travel to Abbeville SC to se Show More

arch for crystal clusters, plates or other cool rocks. We explore a hot spot that Ive had really good luck with. And since its in the shade that was nice too, it was a hot October day so we were thankful for the tree cover. Me and her spent half the day digging and came across some really nice rocks. We just finished cleaning them so we will show off soon. Many druzy crystals, and many different sizes. We packed our food to eat while there as there was only a gas station near by. Lots of water was brought as well as digging can be quite taxing on the body. Figured today would be a good day to post this for #fridaysrock started by @nat-expressions Hide

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Most people search for exotic rocks in this area. Show More

You can find kyanite rock, lazurite and many kinds of quartz in the walls. UTVs provide rides around the mountain, I mostly hiked in and out but always nice if you have a big bucket of rocks to haul up the mountain. It was mostly just me and my camera equipment so not so bad walking around. I switch between filters I keep in my bag, using my uv/ir block filter, ultraviolet and infrared pass filters and such. Hide

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I do not know alot about Mitch's Pond, I found it Show More

on satellite looking at Graves Mountain. Seems not many people check it out as its pretty far out of the way from the other UTV drop offs. I walked around doing video in different spectrums, I labeled them as they change in the video. Seems the whole area acts as a flood plain, maybe for when they clean the tea pond water and need to drain it. The plants throughout this area as small and mostly weeds and brush. There were large retention ponds along the walk to Mitch's Pond. You can see standard video of the location with my walkwithme video: https://steemit.com/walkwithme/@solominer/6mbdfxsr Hide

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Recently I have stopped drinking tap water. I woul Show More

d filter it through my refrigerator but I think that did very little to make a difference. So I am trying to drink and use distilled water for all my water consumption. Of course I still use tap water for showering and dish washing. But for my own consumption my plan is to use distilled water, along with minerals I place back in the water. To do this, I use a Himalayan salt sole. Which is a supersaturation of salt in a small jar of water. We do this by mixing some Himalayan pink salt in a small jar of distilled water and the salts break down into the liquid to make a very strong solution of natural salt water. By using Himalayan pink salt you get other naturally occurring minerals as well. As if you used table salt, you would get just one compound and not many others that usually came with salts before processing them. I add a few tablespoons of this supersaturated solution to my water jug I consume daily. And I think I am really enjoying it. I use the water for my tea and coffee, and when I need to cook or boil water for pasta or such I use it as well. I find myself going through about 7 gallons a week working inside, and about twice that if im doing alot of outdoors work. Hide

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This gardens land was originally bought by a VP at Show More

Sears in the early 1950s. This person was a plant lover and collected many kinds of plants. He would place them in this garden and over time he was unable to care for the land. So he donated it to the county and now its a public park for all that want to visit. There were a few trails we walked, and explored the area. Some were wooded and others walked you along the water side. There was a curious squirrel, large trees and some great lake views. We were the only ones there that day, so we got the place to ourselves. I did some photography in the area as well, you can find it here: https://steemit.com/photography/@solominer/infrared-photography-walking-through-hamilton-gardens Hide

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I could hardly recognize it through infrared, the Show More

flag was moving like normal but looks nothing like I see it with my own eyes. I have other Brasstown Bald photos and videos coming soon. Hide

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Its really fun to watch waves in infrared, they ha Show More

ve a silver silkiness to them I have trouble explaining. The scene was early morning so was pretty quiet around, so I set up my camera and got a little footage. Hide

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On a walk through the Hamilton Gardens we came acr Show More

oss a functioning water wheel. My friend stated theres something cool about water wheels. I agree with him, just a short clip as I pan up into the tree line. I used a 850 nm Infrared Passthrough filter for this scene. Hide

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This is a mirror of a steemit post I did: https:// Show More

d.tube/#!/v/solominer/mparznr7 Hide

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This is a mirror of a d.tube video I did regarding Show More

coffee addiction: https://d.tube/#!/v/solominer/uoxpius5 Hide

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This is a mirror of a d.tube upload: https://steem Show More

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I bought my Boots with Bitcoin using Amazon.com Show More

I explain how I did this and my experience with it as well. Hide