Went to Seattle Mineral Market today. Saw a Tesla on the road on the way there. The Market was relatively small but there was a lot there — but not many geodes, strangely. When I was a kid, I collected minerals semi-seriously, but now I'm just looking for interesting things that look good on a shelf. Well, showy specimens like that are not cheap. I happened to have $54 with me, and I really needed an order of magnitude more than that. I did manage to get a good-sized geode for $40, and I'll have pics of it later.
Speaking of pics, my mother gave me her Nikon D100 this week. That works out very well because I will be needing a camera with good macro capabilities later this year, and the Nikon being a full-fledged camera with interchangeable lenses and screw threads for filters and such, I can get macro lenses for it. It's only eight megapixels and I was thinking more of ten, but eight will give you good printable density (300dpi) up to ten inches by nearly seven, and you can fill an 8.5 by 11 by fudging the dpi downward just a little, so it's plenty for what I need. And once I get the macro stuff, the photos of the geodes should improve.