Although times are a busy, I was able to make it out a couple of times digging this July! Both times I was able to score some nice crystals. Pictured here are the Smoky Quartz from both trips combined, all cleaned up. In the center are the double-terminated ones, some of which had multiple growth periods as the hydrous molten granite slowly went through multiple cooling cycles--100's of millions of years ago!
I still have the Amazonite crystals in the hot acid bath as they are more porous and have deeper iron oxide stains, I'll check on them next week--they are looking beautiful baby powder blue, my favorite shade for Amazonite!
More information on the digs and how I found and dug them on my personal blog...
Below is another double terminated smoky quartz crystal. You can see where the crystal broke off the host rock and then healed with the complex terminations. This is gemmy all the way through, a faceting grade crystal except the union where the healing began!
The above smoky quartz cluster is also from the center of the first pocket. Again gemmy.
Below is another double terminated crystal, gemmy, but not as well formed on the bottom end (although it is by definition terminated). I especially like the cute little crystal on the tip, which either is quartz grown late in the cooling cycle and not exposed to radiation (smoky color is irradiated), or perhaps a tiny little topaz!
Found on the second trip, many of the "white" quartz are actually smoky quartz that have secondary growth periods adding a milky quartz shell on the outside, as you can see below.
Finally, an example of some of the blue amazonite. This I pulled as I wanted to keep an example of what one day soaking in a heated Oxalic Acid bath will do, compared to the week the rest will go through.
and from Rural Colorado!
Above is a nice pair of joined smoky quartz crystals. I especially like the etching that all the hot, harsh liquids did to the quartz after it was formed. It's got freckles!