Macros of Various Rocks and Minerals

A selection of macros of various rocks and minerals, all taken with my little point ‘n shoot.

Point ‘n shoots are terrifically good at macro images although their depth of field is often puzzling, and, if the camera doesn’t want to focus there is absolutely no way of forcing it to!Turquoise rock display at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical GardenSmoky blue Kyanite crystal in the Copenhagen Natural History Museum, Denmark. Smoky blue Kyanite crystal in the Copenhagen Natural History Museum, DenmarkMacro of coral rock with black crystals embedded.a coral rock black crystalsThis chunk of hematite (aka Black Diamond) rock in the Cardiff Natural History Museum shows off its metallic lustre, although the lighting has rendered the its normal charcoal colouring into intriguing shades of brown and green.A chunk of Hematite rock in the Cardiff Natural History MuseumObsidian rock, looking very volcanic, in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Garden. Obsidian rock in the Puerto Vallarta Botanical GardenCircle of flint with an unusual mass of crystals in the centre. Here I combined it with a macro that shows the translucent nature and circular fractures of flint.Circle of flint with crystals in the centre, along with close-up of the translucent nature of flintA rock from my dad’s rock collection labelled, Chalcopyrite. This shows how easily the rock could be mistaken for gold; thus its other name of Fool’s Gold.Gold Chalco Pyrite RockCubic crystal with rainbows. I believe it to be Halide aka simple rock salt – who knew salt could be so stunning up close?Cubic crystal rainbowThree rocks from my dad’s collection combined into one image. The bottom image is of sheets of mica; the other two weren’t labelled and I haven’t been able to identify them; the middle one is possibly Barite and the top a mix of Rose and Smokey Quartz if there is such a thing. I call this combo Dark Crystal.dark crystalMacro of a cracked crusty rock in Dad’s rock collection labeled ‘Fusion Crust’.Macro of a cracked crusty rock in Dad's rock collection: labeled 'Fusion Crust'

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