June 28, 2017

All Day

hosted by Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality

1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

This series captures the beauty of agates in photos that magnify them up to 20 times by Joseph H. Taubr, photographer.

The late Taubr states: “Rocks have fascinated me since I was a small boy.  I collected Lake Superior agates and fossils from the Mississippi River lime stones near our home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1943, at age nine, my father took me to a rock club meeting in Minneapolis where I saw my first moss agate under a magnifying glass.  The agate was water clear with a quarter inch piece of black moss inside. In the gasp of that instant I knew that someday I would collect and magnify the moss in the agates to share that same wonder with others.  What I did not know is that it would be six decades before technology would advance to the point where I could accomplish this vision.

Joseph TaubrI moved to Denver in 1964 to start my quest.  I hunted for rocks with Nobuko, my wife of nearly sixty years, in Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.  Thundereggs with inclusions were high on my list. Nobuko braved the sun and wind in the jade fields of Wyoming and many other rock collection sites.  She is the only one I know who can find float jade while wearing sunglasses.  All these years she lived with a little boy in a man’s body and his obsession with rocks.  I love, cherish and thank her always!

I am a self taught explorer of these macroscopic universes.  After all these decades, my questions remain a challenge for kindred scientists to determine:  How did the moss get inside?  How did the hairs and tubes of the inclusions form?  Are they masses of crystallization?  Maybe your curiosity will drive the answers.” 

June 28th, 2017