Our second stop
was this small mine in Darwin
Our first actual stop at a mine in Darwin
was where we found the fluorescents directly below.
View from a hill in Darwin mining area
looking east towards south end of Sierra Nevada mountain range
partially covered with snow. It's remote but not as remote as
it was during Darwin's mining boom when they had to pipe water
all the way from Owens Lake.
2nd Mine, Darwin
Dave Stuck, Darwin expedition
leader, surveying the complex
Corby Waste enjoying the
I found 3 of the fluorescent red combination
pieces seen above at this mine dump on the way from the first
to the second mine.
Scenic panorama looking east
from our mine location, Darwin
Before we left
Darwin we visited a Tungsten mine and found Scheelite, Powellite
Main dump at 2nd mine,
My 2nd trip here was on my own and
it was pitch black. The window frame on the old building would
flap open and closed. Fear of the unknown, of other people, living
or dead, of snakes and scorpions and slipping and hitting my
head or car trouble all kept my adrenaline going. But nothing
happened and I made it back to my hotel and TV and the normal
My best Scheelite combination
piece from Darwin
There is some fluorescent yellow
Powellite on this one.
These were collected at an out-of-the-way
Tungsten mine that is not well-known. It was a fun way to end
our first Darwin fluorescent hunt. Dave did a great job picking
locations that were off the beaten track.