Recent activities 

In this section I will try to report on the activities that I take part in. Collecting trips, meetings, symposia, lectures. Click on the photos to see the whole message. If you would like to comment or have questions,  please use the guest book to do so. 

Last weekend we went for a weekend of micromount collecting in the Volcanic Eifel region in Germany. We had kind permission to visit five different quarries, and were quite succesful. Our international group - with people from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands - became very good friends, the weather was as it should be, and the...

To my pleasant surprise in the latest edition of the wellknown German magazine Mineralienwelt an article was placed that gave attention to my website - a very nice appreciation of my work... If you would like to read it, here is the download-link:

In our two-weekly online meeting of our Micromount Zoom Club yesterday I had the privilege to do a presentation on the minerals of Broken Hill in New South Wales and some other locations in Australia. Here is the link, or just click on the photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8TsQEW7E9w. The collection from there that I have was assembled by my...

Tiny creatures

06/01/2022

Every now and then I do some macrophotography outside the field of mineralogy. Roaming around in nature to find beautiful insects is a very pleasant activity. This video is a result of that - no creatures were harmed in the making of the photos.... Here the link: https://youtu.be/s1kXkI4eGps

Yesterday I visited the Antwerp mineral fair Minerant - the first real live mineral event after all the lockdowns. We all really loved it... Refreshing our friendships and contacts was a great pleasure after all this time...

Last week my buddy André Robbemond and I were on a collecting trip in the Italian regions of Lombardia and Piedmont, together with our Italian friend and colleague Nazareno La Manna. Under his inspiring guidance we made friends with a number of other people in the field of mineralogy, visited a number of very interesting collecting locations, and...

The Landelijk Platform Geologie is a national coöperative platform of several geological, mineralogical and gemmological societies in the Netherlands. Due to corona the yearly symposium on april 17th was online. The symposium was dedicated to the geology, paleontology and mineralogy of the Volcanic Eifel in Germany. I was invited to give a...

GEA is the quarterly magazine from the Dutch Geological Activities Foundation. Last week a special issue of the magazine was released, the main topic being interesting geological and mineralogical collecting sites in Western Europe. I am honoured to be one of the contributors, with an article on the great finds of microminerals in the Graulai...

A few months ago I received the very hard to find book of Glyn Francis, The Minerals of Iron Monarch. Since then I have tried to find a real mineral collection from there, and with the help of my Australian collector friends that finally succeeded. I have a very special and unique collection of about 100 micromounts now. I've started...