2019 Tucson Gem Shows

Again, I was a little too excited at the fact that I was there and saw enormous gems, and I hence did not take a lot of photos at the show, but here we go!

A couple of notes, during the period of this show, it’s like entire Tucson became the show ground, many traders booked hotels to use the hotel rooms for exhibiting their rocks and stones.

Or exuberant dealers / sellers have sat their allocated booth in the huge panelized houses, which will take you hours and days to stroll through till the end.

I was very lucky to be there with the two ladies!  The lady on the left on the first photo, named Naoko Fujinami, is my master of crystals and she is the first disciple of JaneAnn Dow, the crystal reader & healer.  And since Naoko has friend networks with miners and dealers, I also have got a opportunity to meet / greet and talk with a few of them out of her friends.

I hope these photos share the joy how I was excited at being surrounded by rocks at the show.  🙂

 

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Arizona beauty

Aerial views of Arizona geography I watched on the fright from Houston to Tucson.

Well, I do not have sufficient / enough vocabulary to describe how beautiful they are, so I will skip to try in here.  😉

They just froze me having my face stuck on the window to look the amazing world spread underneath..

And this is my contribution to this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge #32: Shadows hosted by Tina Schell.

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My short trip to the US

I was on 5 days trip to Tucson, Arizona.  There is a month long 2019 Tucson Gem Show , the biggest gem show in the world, happening in there, and I caught up with a lady who enlightened me the delight of quartz, minerals and fossils, and the other lady who we called her ‘wise woman’ of aroma oils for therapy.  🙂

I first flew to Houston and then flew to Tucson.  15 and half hours of flight to Houston was plenty time to do watching movies and reading a book (and of course catching up some sleep!).

The itinerary of this trip was ultra short (at least for me), I spent almost 24 hours one way including layover time, and  I stayed just 2 and half days in Tucson and flew back to Sydney with almost same lengthy time for way back.  It certainly may look like crazy or waste of money.

However, to me, it was worth to do as it was really special, awesome, concentrated, intense, great time I had in taking a look all day long at rocks, crystals and fossils gathered from the world.  🙂

I was a bit too excited during the trip and did not take a lot of photos honestly.. still I would like to share some of which I caught, in some posts..

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My first experience with UA was not bad.  🙂
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15 and half hrs adventure begins…
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Hello, George Bush International Airport.

A bit more photos will be following…  🙂

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Curves and Straights

To be honest, this was not photographed recently but was taken in Japan 2 years ago.

My friend and I stayed overnight at the hotel.  It was her final night in Japan and my first night there.

It was taken at the balcony of the room we stayed.  The skies turned to blush in early morning which was enough for the hint to thrill me to see the sunrise.

Unfortunately the sun seemed to have popped up behind us the hotel building, however, I still enjoyed the view I caught, as lines of curves of the architecture led to Tokyo Bay, lay ahead in the straight line.

This is my (belated) contribution to Tina Schell’s Lens-Artists Challenge #28 – CURVES.

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Happy New Year

I hope 2019 came with bringing smiles and peace to you.

I took a flight to Japan on 30th of Dec at night, to spend new years eve and day with family there.  My first week of 2019 was past as fast as giving one blink.

It was certainly short holiday, and despite the fact that it was really cold there (yes it was to me!) that it was in the range of -1 to 10 deg C, I was clear, energetic and had a great time.  I forgot to take photos in many occasions during the stay, but here are some I caught.

I am glad to be back in here, and I will look forward having more sharing and exchanging photos and journals with you ahead!

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Sunrise at the airport on arrival day
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An aircraft descending toward runway.
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A shrine for a goddess is at the back of the pond in the park.
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The entrance of the shrine.
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Wash your hands (and rinse your mouth) here before you pray.
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Heads of Shinkansen fast rail services at Tokyo station
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Shy Mt Fuji finally showed me her snow capped beautiful head behind the clouds.
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Japanese feast for celebrating new year.
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‘Zohni’ mochi, chicken, sliced fish cakes, and vege soup.

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A lone dragon stays aloft

…or this guy is on duty patrolling the coastline, perhaps..

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This photo is not great because the angle that I caught him stayed at the edge of the cliff,  also caught the rock platform in straight line, and it made the his presence assimilated in background.  Oh well, I could not help it as there was a fence laid between us and I concluded that I could not train my lens in better position than this.

Also, often my daydreaming head get a mini story in the head, when I catch non-human lives with my eye-balls.  Earlier the day before I caught this dragon, I saw the three seagulls at the local beach, and I instantly came up the idea to put them the role as Lifeguard ( please also in here ).   They were charmers driving me nuts developing trifle short stories in the head (and I certainly love doing that ;-)).

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[Edit: 28/10/2018]

Thank you for WordPress friends for sharing your views to the photo of the dragon!

I took back to the image and gave it try a bit more edit, which turned to this.

I am happy with this in hue, contrast, and composition.  🙂

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