a question about identification: is using pictures to practice id a big no-no? im sure that its much better to use a kit or maybe multiple kits, but are pictures helpful enough?
Also, can we start a rocks and minerals question marathon thread?
Obviously, IDs are much better practice than pictures. If you only have pictures, it's okay, but try to get samples. Pictures only let you see what they look like - with samples, you can check the specific gravity, the streak, the hardness and other things to help make IDing easier.