Over the weekend the El Paso Mineral and Gem Society held its annual gem and mineral show. I am a member of this group and really enjoy being with them. Nice people. Their field trips are great.
It was a great show.
The nicest thing I got at the show is a large piece of opalized petrified wood. It was found years ago when the dam was being built south of the Hatch, New Mexico municipal airport.
The rock stands about 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall, so it is a nice size. A big piece, but not so large that it is unmanageable.
And when illuminated with short wave ultraviolet light the trace amounts of uranium in the silicon dioxide in it fluoresces a beautiful bright green.
This is a link to a high resolution copy of this same composite photo: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2214/2085162702_fee04e7c5c_o.jpg