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. 

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...

I am member of a group of some 30 micromount aficionados from all over the world. We do an online meeting every two weeks, and every time one of the members gives a presentation. Yesterday it was my turn with a presentation on the Volcanic Eifel in Germany. If you like you can see and download it by clicking on the photo....

Thanks to the effort of my Australian collector friend last week I received the book Minerals of Iron Monarch. This mining site in South-Australia produced 176 different minerals. The book is hard to come by these days, let alone finding fine mineral specimens from there. The book is a pleasure to read.

The last few weeks I spend a considerable amount of time compiling a book with 98 of my best mineralphotos. Yesterday I received the first edition of it and I dare to say that I am very pleased with the result. The book is hard cover and of course all photos are described with name of the mineral, location of...

A few weeks ago I received several boxes with raw material from the Clara Mine in Germany, collected in 1999, that was part of a legacy from a dear departed friend. I have started processing it, and therefore was able to create a separate page on finds there from before 2000, that will be extended in the weeks to come....

"Your work is absolutely astonishing. I collect exclusively Radioactive minerals and absolutely love your Torbernite pictures! As with most highly radioactive minerals, I often prefer to admire them from picture rather than digging thru my lead-lined boxes. Again - fantastic work! I will be checking out your site often!"
Best,
Andrey

Today I received the brandnew photo- and reference book on the minerals of the former Genna Zinc smelter near Letmathe/Iserlohn in Germany. I have quite a collection from there, and the book gives me the opportunity to do a thorough review of the samples I have. Thanks to the authors Ulrich Wagner and Bernd Döhnel, who sent me a signed copy...

Despite the restrictions because of corona we managed to visit the Clara Mine in the Black Forest, Germany, twice this year. The first visit in july, the second in september. Both times the finds were good, so good that I created a separate page for this year's finds. See under Europe, Germany, Black Forest.