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Adrian Diack's Photo Gallery

View from Elephant Rock to Boddin Point

Boddin Point, Usan, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

This photo was taken by me on the 28th July 2001. The view is looking southwards from the descriptivly named Elephant Rock or the Rock of St Skeoch or St Skay to give it its proper name. In the middle distance, there is the old, lime-kiln on Boddin Point now being undermined by erosion and Lunan Bay in the distance.
Photo ID: 426855     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 417   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2016 x 768 pixels (1.5 Mpix)

Cliffs at Boddin

Boddin Point, Usan, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

View of agate bearing cliffs and beaches as viewed looking northwards towards the old lime-kiln at Boddin Point. Photo taken by me in 2002.
Photo ID: 423671     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 366   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1124 x 1571 pixels (1.8 Mpix)

R5U-EQ2Agate (Var: Agate-Jasper)

Burn Anne, Galston, East Ayrshire, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 15.5 cm x 13.3 cm x 4.3 cm

This cut and polished Burn Anne agate was collected by Bob Gorrie and myself in August 1995. The complete nodule was dug out of the clay bank of the burn. The dimensions of the half shown above are 15.5cm x 13.3cm x 4.3cm. Bob Gorrie is an experienced and knowledgable collector with a wonderful collection of Burn Anne agates.
Photo ID: 422528     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 1284   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2027 x 1581 pixels (3.2 Mpix)

CUR-UYVAgate (Var: Eye Agate)

Scurdie Ness, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 3 cm x 2.2 cm x 0.8 cm

This specimen was collected by me in 1966. It was chipped from a bed of country rock or lava approximately 100 metres south of Scurdie Ness Lighthouse. Amethyst was fairly abundant at this particular spot but this is an unusual specimen in that it contains a hemi-eye. This cut and polished specimen measures 3.0 x 2.2 x 0.8cm.
Photo ID: 337282     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 549   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2681 x 1912 pixels (5.1 Mpix)

C8U-G66Quartz (Var: Chalcedony)

Lunan Bay, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 4 inches x 3 inches x 0.7 inches

This specimen of yellow coloured chalcedony measures 4.0 x 3.0 x 0.7cm in size. It was collected by me in 1966 and was subsequently cut and polished by me. It was found on a shingle beach toward the northern end of Lunan Bay. I gave the name "lunanite" to this straw-yellow,coloured chalcedony in an article entitled
"Chalcedony Gems of Craig Parish" which was published in "Gem Craft" in July, 1977. Lunanite was fairly abundant in Lunan Bay both on the rocky beaches, particularly on the northern side, and in chequered and line shaped patches of shingle which can be found on the sands. Typically it occurs as small to fist sized pebbles or nodules with a sea-rolled appearance. It is less commonly found today.
Photo ID: 336724     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 373   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2798 x 1993 pixels (5.6 Mpix)

7JJ-CWNChalcedony (Var: Agate)

Scurdie Ness, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

This specimen was chipped out of the amygdaloidal lava (locally known as scurdy stone) by myself in 1963. It is a fortification agate in typical pink,brown and white colours for Scurdieness. This specimen also has quartz and chlorite. The specimen is cut and polished. The face of this agate measures 7.5cm x 5.3cm. Each half of the agate is 1.5cm thick.

Photo ID: 263521     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 351   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3264 x 2448 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

AFQ-F3NChalcedony (Var: Agate)

Usan, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 5.6 cm x 4 cm x 4.3 cm

This agate was found as a sea rolled "Scotch pebble" near the high water mark on the shore between Mains of Usan and the blowhole. I have described this kind of agate as an "atoll agate" due to the pattern of its banding. This simile likens the quartz to the sea and the agate to the land of an island. Peter Rodgers coined the term "island agate" using the same imagery. This specimen has unusual colouring for the area. It measures 5.6cm x 4.0cm x 4.3cm. The specimen has an interesting sculptured back resembling the impression left by thumb-prints in a soft material.
Photo ID: 259649     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 351   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1497 x 1069 pixels (1.6 Mpix)

335-A9PChalcedony (Var: Agate)

Fishtown of Usan, Usan, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 4.6 cm x 2.9 cm

This onyx agate was collected from the fields inland of Fishtown of Usan. It is typical in pattern and colour of many of the agates in this area though fortification agates in similar colours are still quite abundant. Thomas Penant in his "Tours of Scotland" of 1769 noted that at Usan, agates of a very beautiful kind are gathered in great quantities beneath the cliffs and are sent to the lapidaries in London". This particular agate has some of the country rock attached to it. It is cut and polished. It measures 10.2cm x 4.6cm x 2.9cm and is thus relatively large for the area.
Photo ID: 259640     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 471   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1744 x 1137 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

3N0-V57Chalcedony (Var: Agate)

Scurdie Ness, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 4.2 cm x 3.8 cm x 2.4 cm

This fortification or flame patterned agate was collected as a sea rolled pebble at Scurdie Ness. It is typical in colour and size of many agates found "in situ" at this location. It measures 4.2cm x 3.8cm x2.4cm. This agate has been cut and polished.
Photo ID: 259639     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 392   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1477 x 1054 pixels (1.6 Mpix)

N9Q-PRGChalcedony (Var: Jasper)

Lunan Bay, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, UK

Dimensions: 11 cm x 4.2 cm x 4.5 cm

This jasper specimen was collected from a beach at Boddin which is the rocky part at the northern end of Lunan Bay. It was found by me as a sea rolled specimen and then tumble polished. It measures 11cm x 4.2cm x 4.5cm. It has typical colouring for most jasper in this area with red,yellow and white.
Photo ID: 255784     Uploaded by: Adrian Diack   View Count: 617   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1456 x 1014 pixels (1.5 Mpix)
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