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Furry Friends

We had a fun visit with our workamper friends who were camping at Tillicum Beach today.  We’ve met the nicest people while workamping!

Our friends are evidence that you always see what you are looking for.  That applies to nature too.

Alsea Bay Bridge
Pretty day on the Alsea Bay

 But they aren’t the furry ones.  When we got home the doe and twins were just coming into the yard to eat our fallen apples.

black-tailed deer fawn
Pretty

The black-tailed deer herd is supposedly on the come-back from the hair-loss syndrome caused by mites.

Black-tailed Doe with some hair-loss
Black-tailed Doe with some hair-loss

I see some hair loss on her and the fawns.  But I don’t know if this is an indication that it will get worse and they’ll suffer over the winter?

black-tailed deer fawn
Only a few spots left

Overall they look pretty healthy.  The other fawn has lost all of its spots.  This one just has a few left on its hip.  Such a difference from 17 days ago when they had all their spots on a light brown coat.

Black-tailed Doe and Twins by the Alsea River
Black-tailed Doe and Twins by the Alsea River

Read more about the hair-loss syndrome that has plagued the black-tailed deer in the Pacific NW since the mid-1990’s here:

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/health_program/hairloss/

St Patrick’s Day Agates

Wow!  We got some pretty ones out of this batch of agates gathered from Tillicum Beach over the last year.

Even as busy workampers, we made time to steal away to recharge our batteries.

We've even got some Newport Blue Agates!
We’ve even got some Blue Agates!

Read Wikipedia for the technical definition of an agate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agate

or Webster: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agate

Petrified Wood
Petrified Wood

Agates are a variety of chalcedony (if you care).

But if I talk about agate hunting, I really mean pretty-rock hunting.

Red Jasper
Red and Brown Jasper – the dark spot is a reflection of the camera lens

 If you can see light through it, it’s some sort of agate.  If you can’t see light through it, might be jasper or petrified wood or obsidian?

There are probably a couple other choices on the Oregon coast too.

White Agate with conchoidal fractures
White Agate with conchoidal fractures

You (or someone) can actually dye agates; which I find really hard to grasp since they are so hard.

They are basically quartz.  The next one looks like a small geode that was completely filled instead of leaving crystals in a hole.

Amber Agate with color bands
Amber Agate with color bands

I like the ones with designs in them.  Sometimes you can’t see the designs unless you hold them up to the sun; or a flashlight works.

Agate - Jasper - Something?
Not Sure what this is

The tan part polished to a high sheen.  The white and black parts are more dull.  But it is an interesting piece.

Wear Your Agate Proudly
Insets with flashlight display

I need a new zipper-pull.  I think I need the one on the lower left to match my jacket.  I’m guessing it’s a green jasper? (for St Patty’s Day)

The photo inserts are flashlight displays of agates on the upper left and lower right respectively.

I thought these demonstrated the most dramatic visual change when backlit.

Blue agates are the big mystery here on the central Oregon coast.  When I first heard about them, they were called Newport Blues.  That’s because they “could only be found in Newport”.  The agate on the lower right looks blue to me, until you put it up to the light.  So, I’m not sure if a purist would deem it worthy of the title?

But I don’t do this for the experts.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!