Lightning Ridge, New South Wales
Yay our first mine! The black hand. Taken into the mine by the owner/miner/artist of this incredible mine! 'Ron' bought a section of land that he started mining by hand around 18 years ago. As he mines for the illicit black opal, he has sculpted figures, animals, cartoons, every kind of religious and cultural icon.
An Entrepanour realised what he was doing and joined partnership to start public tours, and have an underground opal shop.
Ron himself was such a go...