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?
It’s funny how we can be just 5 miles inland and not have a hint of the blue skies that were lighting up the coast today!
We had an early morning meeting in Cape Perpetua Campground. It is closed but we can get some work done in the off-season.
I’ve been ocean-deprived lately and I warned my hubby before we left. “You know it will be a perfect time for photos of the high tide and my camera is fully charged and I have an empty micro-drive and…” “I know.” He says. 🙂
So I commandeered the driver’s seat and headed to Cook’s Chasm after the work was done.
The Spouting Horn was really shooting high. And look at all that foam! The waves were making it all the way up to the little waterfall on the other side of the Hwy 101 bridge.
Thor’s Well was gorgeous today also. We were early enough that it was still in the shadow of the mountains.
I guess I can’t really call this a spindrift but this mist left a better rainbow.
Well, it’s time to head back but I’m draggin’ my feet. The tide was a little high for this spout on Yachats Beach Rd. Yachats always looks so pretty across the bay.
This is NOT the time to go for a walk on Tillicum Beach. Enjoy it from the campground until the tide goes back out a little ways.
The water was splashing over the seawall today so we stopped in Waldport too. There was a seal watching me take the photos but I didn’t catch him on camera.
If you’ve only visited Waldport, Oregon, in the summer, you’ve probably never seen this much water in the Alsea Bay.
I love old barns. This one is along the single-lane-dead-end road where we bought property last year. We are full-time RVers but wanted a place to live in case we had to stop travelling. I mean, besides parking in our children or parent’s driveway. 🙂
We’ve decided to take the winter off. We’ve been workamping at Tillicum Beach Campground for the last two years. I’ll try not to whine, too much, about missing my sunrise/sunset/whenever beach walks.
So look who greeted me this morning, “at the river”, before I even opened the door. I’m not sure what it is. I’m still trying to ID it. S/he has really worked-over our apple tree though. Look at the rows of holes in the tree. If you look closely at the bird’s feet, he’s using the holes as foot-holds. They are precisely the right distance apart! Smart bird!
I love nature sounds! This morning, as I sat on our deck overlooking the Alsea River, I heard the woodpecker, a king fisher and the river rippling over the rocks. At high tide there are no ripples. This is at low tide. I couldn’t resist the reflections and then turning the photo upside down…just for my morning giggle.
September is a beautiful time to explore the Oregon coast.
Generally the rain hasn’t started yet, temps are cooler in the valley so there’s not as much fog on the coast, and the crowds are off the road.
Tillicum Beach is never really crowded; not in the way that Galveston or the Los Angeles beaches are. I’ve never seen it more dense than about 1 person per 100 square feet. (That’s not a scientific measurement.)
Anyway, I saw 2 people and 1 dog on my morning walk today. There was a little bit of fog but not too much. I can’t seem to get a good picture of how much sand the ocean is removing. It looks like a shelf of about 2 or 3 feet high is left from the bluff to about half way to the low tide line. This part of a ghost forest shows how much sand was removed in one day. I took the first pic yesterday and the 2nd today.
I quickly realized that I should have worn my rubber boots this morning. I was staying dry until I “thought” I was stepping onto an island. I was so proud of myself for going after one of these agates and not getting wet. It was out of reach in a small pool. But there were 2 larger rocks within reach. So I threw one rock closer to the agate. I balanced on one then the other, reached down to snatch the agate and quickly jumped to the sand. I guess I got careless after that.
These are in about 3″ of water. If you can’t spot the agate, you’re not my competition. 🙂 I stared and thought and planned. One shoe is already wet. What do I care if both are soaked. I could roll up my pants. But I don’t have a spare set of shoes. I could take off my shoes and socks…but that water is really cold. Okay, I’ll see what else I can find. If I still want it after I’m finished, I’ll reconsider.
This agate is a nice piece of red jasper with quartz. I was happy enough with the others I found to not get wet…ter.