Welcome to Artistic Interpretations with Margaret. Welcome to a portion of our Earth's mineral rainbow. Some minerals always come in the same color. For example, malachite is always green, rhodochrosite a shade of pink or red. Others, such as quartz, are normally colorless but boast a rainbow of hues if they contain impurities, inclusions, or defects in their atomic structures.
A couple months ago, I visited D.C.'s Smithsonian Natural History Museum and stood transfixed in front of the mineral gallery which has a wonderful display of many beauties in the center of a large room and also a stunning "rainbow" tribute behind glass (above).
This challenge is wide open. Google their meanings, history, places which mine them, etc… - respond to the images below in any way you like. For this challenge I do require a new poem. Please link your specific post to "Mr. Linky" below. Friday is often a hectic day, so please feel free to submit late and remember, Monday is "Open Link" here in the Garden. I look forward to your artistic interpretations.
|Quartz - Amethyst|
You rock hard, Margaret! *groan* lol
Groan. Ha ha
That's always been my favorite room in the Smithsonian! I was so fascinated by it as a child and am still as an adult!
I like your crystal show here. Not all mineral are in pretty crystal shapes. My ambition is to OWN a piece of meteorite. I will often bring home a rock or two or more from our travels. But then they scatter and I forget which was from where. China (green--jade??--probably low grade) and Hawaii (magma piece from the still active volcano) and a Mt. St. Helens pumice rounded rock from the volcano are my prizes.
The last college class I failed was Rocks and Minerals/Mineralogy at the University of Nebraska my first attempt at college, third semester. I remberer a lot of minerals, mostly the pretty ones. But not enough for the course. Prof said I would have passed had I gone to more labs. Instead I played chess at the drugstore hangout across the street. I was VERY good at chess, definitely an "A" student there.
I wrote a book here, sorry. Finished though because Katrin is finished with her doggy duties. I'm sitting in my rocker on the back porch tending her.
Fascinating challenge, Margaret!
I don't know what it is about crystals that makes them so fascinating - I never tire of looking at them. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Margaret. You really do remind us that art happens all around us.
I love this challenge, Margaret. I especially love amethyst and I have a couple of chunks of it. Have always been amazed at the beauty of these natural stones. Especially those tall ones that look like caves.
I am expecting to hit the road almost any minute....my son and daughter in law are picking me up for a road trip to visit relatives in Kelowna. Not sure if I have time to write anything, or make the rounds, but maybe when I get back. This summer has been all about family, have connected with every single person, so that is a good feeling. Hard to keep up online though with life so busy. I actually look forward to fall and winter so I can sit at my desk uninterrupted!
Jim - Obviously you have a unique poem in you about this topic somewhere…
Sherry - Enjoy - just think of the poems that will come of your "summer of leisure" :)
Remember - I accept "late(er)" poems as Friday is always hectic - mine will probably be late as well :)
I STILL have to comment on past Artistic Interpretation challenges and will get on that. I DO appreciate all responses - as Sherry states above - life can get in the way of blogging sometimes!
Amazing photography! It enters the rocks' own artistry. I'll be back.
Enchanting pictures.. I need to figure out something for this.. hmm
Gorgeous. Especially the Variscite.
All are amazingly beautiful.
I've posted. Thanks for the fun.
A tad late, but I combined it with the Sunday challenge!
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