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.
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.
The black-tailed deer herd is supposedly on the come-back from the hair-loss syndrome caused by mites.
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?
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.
Read more about the hair-loss syndrome that has plagued the black-tailed deer in the Pacific NW since the mid-1990’s here:
But if I talk about agate hunting, I really mean pretty-rock hunting.
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.
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.
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.
The tan part polished to a high sheen. The white and black parts are more dull. But it is an interesting piece.
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?