April 10, 2017 – August 31, 2017 all-day
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

April 10 to August 31, 2017

Joseph H. Taubr

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.

I 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.” 

You can find Taubr’s books and photographs of petrified wood, cabochons, and computer fractals at www.blurb.com.  Search for Joseph Taubr.

The Great Outdoors!  May It Always Be There for Everyone!

Proceeds from your purchase of art and books will go to the Grandmother Circles, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis.

In solidarity with the Grandmother Circles in Kenya,

the Grandmother Circles Art Project in the Twin Cities

seeks to build a community of artists to create and sell art

to support the needs of orphaned children and their caregivers.

Quality education, accessible water, and cottage industry endeavors are priorities.

Discover more at www.grandmothercircles.org.



A self-taught explorer of microscopic universes, the late Joseph H. Taubr spent 60 years hunting for rocks in western states with his wife Nobuko. For more information about books and prints, contact Joseph H. Taubr’s sister, Barbara Kellett at Barbarakellett@gmail.com.