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Look at My Second Batch of Tumbled Rocks!! (+19 insets and 10 notes!)

Look at My Second Batch of Tumbled Rocks!! (+19 insets and 10 notes!)
(+19 insets and 10 notes!)

THANK YOU!!! (Note about your visits):
I can't tell you how happy I am that you guys are all really enjoying my "museum presentations"! It took me a long time to put these interactive collages together but I hoped at least a few people would like the show. Instead of just a few, so many of you have spent the extra time to look at each of my presentations...I'm delighted and very thankful that you gave me your time to look. I'm over the moon...*BIG HUGS TO ALL OF YOU*!!!! :)

At long last, I'm finally able to share a proper presentation of my second group of tumbled rocks!

You may or may not know that a few months ago I bought a rock tumbler with the initial thought to use it for cleaning coins I find with my metal detector. As it turns out, I haven't found all that many coins because just after I got the tumbler the weather got cold and wet and I didn't go out with my metal detector. However, I couldn't stop thinking about using the rock tumbler AS a rock tumbler…go figure. :D I walk up and down our graveled driveway every morning for exercise and it's littered with countless pretty rocks. Who can resist picking them up? Not I! Soon I had enough rocks to fill a barrel (in a couple of laps of walking up and down the driveway, actually…heh) and thus began my rock tumbling initiation!

Week after week, I advanced my rocks through all four step until the day I had a pile of gleaming beauties piled before me. This first batch came out very nice and Steve and I were totally delighted at how pretty the shiny rocks were. I was hooked!

Since it takes 30-40 days per complete tumbling cycle, one must learn the skill of PATIENCE. I've never been much good with that but there's no way around the slow process of recreating a millennia of natural rock tumbling. You just have to sort of forget about them and time passes.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the second batch completed its 4-step cycle…holy cow, what a bunch of BEAUTIES!!! We were totally dazzled by this set--they turned out even nicer than the first batch because I did a better job. I was more careful about checking the quality of a rock and not allowing rough ones to go to the next step if they weren't ready.

Fun with Rock Photography!
I decided that I needed a better way to share pictures than what I'd been doing. I was terribly bored with my usual solution of "main subject with spill of subjects in bokeh behind…*stifles a yawn*…" Those pictures are fine but I do the very same thing whenever I have a subject like that and I wanted to do something better for this group.

The solution of creating a 9-picture collage of 3x3 means that visitors will get a nice look without doing anything. But for anyone who wants more, that's where the fun is…these pictures are INSET-CENTRAL! Every collage image has its own rollover with a larger version to look at. To make it even better, I took additional pictures whenever a rock looked nice on another side. So many rocks have two views! Additionally, I've made comments about each rock.

There are FOUR total collage presentations to visit if visitors are interested. I narrowed down my favorites of my second batch to four groups of nine rocks. You will see the three clickable insets under the first rock's rollovers. Each will take you to its own presentation complete with rollovers and notes. Even though most people won't be that interested, I do know there are a bunch of you who really love rocks and may enjoy these extra presentations! Mostly though, I wanted to do this because these rocks are so very cool and deserve the attention! :)

I would like to say thank you to my husband for building me a little light studio for my rock pictures. Steve's a retired professional product photographer and his specialty was taking pictures of zillions of gems and beads at a place called Fire Mountain Gems & Beads (if you make jewelry you'll know all about this huge company! :D). He set up the tripod, lights, reflectors, mirrors and all that jazz, including the speckly grey cardstock the rocks are sitting on! :) This way I can easily take consistent pictures of my beautiful little stones…hip-hip-hooray! (Granted, I haven't bothered with perfecting the lighting on every stone…lol…I just don't care! You may also notice that a couple of rocks didn't have focus set on the right spot so there's a bit of softness…again…I don't care! Most people don't have the sophisticated eye to see when an angle could have been better and yeah, I'm one of them! It does make me different than Steve…he has to make his lighting and angles pitch-perfect…I just want to take the picture! LOL! Thanks to Steve, I have a studio that is nearly bomb-proof so I can get quality pictures very fast and easy!!

Pam, I got your letter/ipernity article about your latest appointments about your medical situation. I am sad that things aren't more encouraging. I wish there was something I could do to fix everything but at least I can send you my positive energy, my virtual hugs and my warmest understanding and support. I wish this all wasn't so totally sucky… :( You are in my thoughts, dear Pammy…

Explored on 3/6/20; highest placement #18.

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38 comments - The latest ones
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
A superb series of photos. I love the polished rocks, and the insets giving more information are perfect. Well done, Janet.
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I just adore No.2. This would make a wonderful pendant. How wonderful that Steve has built you a small studio for you to do these amazing stones. I think this stone tumbling has hooked you. It would certainly hook me. Maybe I'll have to see about getting a second-hand one. I've got lots of patience, but if it's loud while it tumbles, then maybe not a good idea for me. There are quite a few of these stones that I would just love to have as a pendant. They look absolutely divine. You clever thing.
2 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Una magnífica exposición de piedras bonitas trabajadas por el agua.
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal collection and PIPs!
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
2 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


2 months ago.
neira-Dan club
quelle belle récolte , une collection intéressante , et je vois que tu as fait toute une série !! C'est super
2 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un travail remarquable et d' une grande beauté !!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
La nature offre de beaux trésors, il suffit d'un peu de patience et de temps... merci pour ce joli partage Janet.
2 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful collage Janet.
Have a nice weekend.
2 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Marvelous collection !!! They are all so beautiful *********************************
2 months ago.
Annemarie club
so lovely this collection

Happy friday and weekend
2 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
O Janet! Was für Mühe hast du dir da gemacht und es hat sich gelohnt! 36 Steine, schön poliert, dann fotografiert und bestens beschrieben. Ich weiß das zu schätzen, ich habe auch immer wieder--> Steine vom Ortseestrand im Rucksack nachhause geschleppt, Ich hab sie nur nicht poliert, sie liegen im Garten und glänzen, wenn es regnet.
2 months ago.
tiabunna club
A marvellous series and you're certainly accumulating a great rock collection, Janet. Having Steve's lighting studio must make the image taking so much easier, with more consistent and comparable results too. Have a great (rock hunting?) weekend, Janet.
2 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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Amazing results, Janet!
The beauty of such hobbies is the opportunity for free personal development
and advancement if one knows how to use it.
2 months ago.
RHH club
I'll finish this a bit later, but that is an impressive series of collages, Janet. When I saw it my first thought was, "What a huge amount of work went into that." Not only the collages but the insets are a huge amount of work. I didn't count but there must be around a hundred photos there and I am really impressed with the work your polisher did on these rocks. Nancy will go mad if she see's them, though she's been working on the yard and probably has not. Waiting to finish this post with also give me time to think about a favorite, though I can see already that's going to be difficult.

Still not going to be able to finish this, but wanted to drop a note and let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. Spent the morning cooking - doro wat, injera and atakilt wat. That's supper tonight. Also have to get started on some sourdough bread and now have to bring the car in to have the tires rotated and balanced and a n alignment. Think we messed things up, maybe lost a weight on some of the rough roads we drove. Will get back at these photos and my comments later this afternoon or this evening.

Back again - rescheduled the appointment for the car since I just did not feel like going and sitting for an hour or two at Les Schwab. Thanks for all the comments and faves and glad my comments on your osprey photos brought good memories of your dad. My folks are doing okay, it seems, but dad is rather stubborn and won't give up driving or get help with their pills. The pills are one thing - he can only harm himself or mom - but the driving puts others in danger. When I mention it to the kids then they always talk about what I'll be like when I'm old and crotchety, though the crotchety probably already applies.

Really hard to pick a favorite in this batch, but I think #1, #3 and #5 are great. You need to put them in a glass bowl and set it out so that you can pick through them and look at them. You've made me want a rock tumbler or one for Nancy, but I'm going to be strong and say "we don't have room for it and don't need the extra expense." I'll have to see what Nancy's reaction is, though. After seeing these she might want to do something more with her rocks. If you're going to have a lot of otherwise rather uninteresting rocks, this way of dealing with them makes sense.

As to trip photos, I have to sort them and work through them. I can't keep my memories of the trip in order otherwise. That's why I started my blog, too, though I am so far behind with it that it seems I'll never catch up. And with a busy summer looming I probably won't make much progress then. Speaking of which, I just heard from my brothers and we are doing the Four Pass Loop in the Rockies near Carbondale - 27 miles, 7000 feet of elevation gain and then loss, four 12,000 foot passes - in four days. Hope I'm up to their expectations since I'm the old man of the three.

As to Starlink, I have mixed feelings. I see the need for what they are doing but are they ever cluttering up the night sky. It's hard enough find dark sky areas to do astral photography and they are making even those areas a clutter of moving objects. Ah well. Can't have everything. We do hope to do some astral photography while hiking in the Rockies - both brothers are into it - but it does mean hauling a heavy tripod 27 miles, up and down 7000 feet and through four 12,000+ passes. Yikes. Wish it was easier as in your studio photography, all nicely set up by Steve. Would love to see the setup he's provided.

And as to accidents our kids were not much better. Rose tried to jump her bike off a loading ramp and did a face plant. We couldn't tell what was blood and what was mud when she came in. Jessica cut her head badly while rollerblading but that's the way she got her husband - he noticed her with because of the bandage and she ended up stealing him from his then-current girlfriend. The stories get told at family get-togethers and usually there are detail I didn't know at the time and probably should never have known. I agree, though, that kids are too much coddled and protected and have to learn through things like this.

On to some of the other posts.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos avec notes et collection. Nicole. HFF.
2 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen. Jedes dieser 36 Kleinode ist wundervoll.
Ich danke dir auch für die Beschreibungen!
Ein schönes Wochenende für dich, Janet.
2 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, I didn’t know it took so long to tumble rocks!! It the results are worth it! Thanks for sharing the fruits of your labor, Janet :-))
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I am truly amazed at the amount of work you have done to prepare, photograph (several times) and make annotations on each piece of polished rock!

You have presented them beautifully - thanks to the studio setup that Steve sorted out for you - and they're really impressive. As you noted, it's a real departure from your normal "arty" method of photographing this sort of thing, but it works very well and it won't stop you from doing some "arty" stuff with them later if you feel the need.

I couldn't possibly pick a fave................they're all just fantabulous..!! Two requests:

1. Can we have a photo of the studio set up? I'd be real interested in that.
2. can you give me a bit of notice next time you publish something this comprehensive so I can set aside an hour or so to look at them?

Outstanding photography!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
They are really beautiful Janet, I love them all.
Good work.
◦•●◉✿ Have a great weekend✿◉●•◦
2 months ago.
cammino club
A wonderful stone collection. Each photo is a unique work of art!
2 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
A SO beautiful collection !
LOVE the small stones too.
I pick up a lot of them everywhere... and for a long time !
Have a lovely week end, Janet.
2 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Amazingly beautiful collection and images, I keep picking beauties from the beach and if I had enough patience they would be polished but other interests get in the way,
Really enjoyed this series Janet.
2 months ago.
 Murray Leshner (Murrayatuptown)
Murray Leshner (Murr… club
You rock!

Our favorite Lake Michigan finds are Petoskey Stones (coral fossils) and wave-polished 'beach glass' (bottle fragments from inconsiderate barbarians).
2 months ago.
Roséa club
Superbe collection************************************
2 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

A very nice collection of pictures, which I really like

Fantastic colours in the rocks..

Of course you are doing the same as nature does when they roll all the way from the mountains down to the sea shore, and get battered by the waves for centuries!

Best Wishes, and a nice weekend
2 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Vast !
2 months ago.
RHH club
Up and at 'em again. Neal here today and some house cleaning in order. Then have to do another pot of beef-barley soup for the potluck tomorrow.
2 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
2 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
De Stenen met verschillende Aders vond ik het mooist
2 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
shapes and colours. wow
2 months ago.
Ruth club
These tumbled rocks are all beautiful Janet, such lovely presentation too. I’ve been trying to pick out my favourite, but it’s almost impossible I love them all. Thanks for taking the time to put these excellent displays together.
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A fine set of pictures !
2 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe collection !
2 months ago.
uwschu club
Ach wie schön, einige deiner neuen Fotos sehe ich erst heute. Etwas verrückt im Moment durch den Corona Virus.
Wünsche Dir einen schönen Abend
2 months ago.
trester88 club
2 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Number 2 is really lovely! I wish I had found it. Somebody stole most of my collection.
2 months ago.

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