The winter months are rather bad time for sand collecting, at least in this part of the world. However, one can use the time spent at home to organise and refresh the collection, eventually better organize the trading list etc. Some time ago I received a very kind email from another sand collector in the US and we decided to do a ‘blind swap’ (which implies that none of us knows what sands will receieve – pure surprize). The package just arrived from Alaska and today I was able to sort out and organisze the newly arrived sands. Here is a photo of the samples (thanks much Kathy for sending me such nice sands):

The sands received from Kathy Obersinner (Juneau, Alaska, USA)