April 21st, 2016
The letter is O for the lovely Opal
The word evolved from the Roman "opalus' or the Greek 'opallios' meaning ' to see a change of colour' The ancient Indian Sansksrit name was "upala", which meant precious stone.
The Greeks thought that opals gave their owners the powers of foresight and prophecy, and the Romans adored it as a token of hope and purity. Eastern people regarded it as sacred, and Arabs believed it fell from heaven....
In reality they came from volcanoes, the silica in meteoric waters and sediment hosted fields and in hot springs and geyser environments.
Some lovely examples of the opals found in Australia, Mexico and Honduras.
and some even closer to home, in the north Okanagan and the Cariboo region of British Columbia
A little love poem from Amy Lowell entitled OPAL
You are ice and fire
The touch of you burns my hands like snow.
You are cold and flames.
You are the crimson of amaryllis,
The silver of moon-touched magnolias.
When I am with you
My heart is a frozen pond
Gleaming with agitated torches.
For more interesting Os visit here at ABC Wednesday, with thanks to
Denise, Roger and opulent helpers...