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Frank Festa's Photo Gallery

More Rocky Exposues Make for Interesting Collecting

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

Collecting is mainly done in the trenches scattered all through the local area at Bear Lake Digging. But the chance to locate an beautiful specimen comes to those who trend off the beaten path.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936418     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 41   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1749 x 1189 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

Going Farther

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

With massive rock above me and a beautiful specimen in front of me, I shimmied farther under.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936416     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 27   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1744 x 1190 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

Amphibole Ahead

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

A small opening under large rock above makes for an exciting discovery. A large massive outcrop of amphibole lines the walls under here.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936414     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 19   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1749 x 1195 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

Parked "on-site" Reading Our Notes

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

We parked in the trees, a potential trench and the entire collecting area in front of us. Our gear can be seen in the vehicle
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936410     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 17   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1739 x 1147 pixels (2.0 Mpix)

Expect to get Wet and Dirty at the Bear Lake Diging Site

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

An apatite crystal was unearthed from the soil and shown here
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936407     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 41   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1747 x 1194 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

One of Many "Trenches of the Bear Lake Digging site

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

Eons of erosion has washed soil from the bedrock creating numerous trench-like depressions. The trenches can be quite long, wide and forked or short and narrow. The collecting takes place in these trenches.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936403     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 15   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 992 x 665 pixels (0.7 Mpix)

Another View of the Park Anywhere

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

The site was on the right side of the road as you drove in. It is wooded and weeded, quite obscured.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936400     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1743 x 1187 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

The Parking Area for Bear Lake Digging

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

You would park anywhere you could off the road and on dry land. The main road is only a short distance away in the background of the photo.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936399     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 8   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3648 x 2736 pixels (10.0 Mpix)

Looking down the Entrance Road to Bear Lake Digging

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

At the time the entrance road was not maintained, carved in ruts and holes make for an interesting drive
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936396     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 10   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1741 x 1188 pixels (2.1 Mpix)

Entrance Road to Bear Lake Digging Site

Bear Lake diggings, Monmouth Township, Haliburton Co., Ontario, Canada

My car is parked on the main dirt road, behind is the narrow, encroaching forest road to the site. A vehicle with four
wheel drive and that sits high in relation to the road was best to enter here.
Copyright: © F. G. Festa      Photo ID: 936395     Uploaded by: Frank Festa   View Count: 17   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1745 x 934 pixels (1.6 Mpix)
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