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4 Otter Kits

I knew if I could watch long enough I’d see all the otters.

4 otter kits
She’s got FOUR!

Mom went in for a nap and the kits stayed out to play and fish a little more.

otters playing
Doin’ what ‘e oughter

I got to watch the otters on the Alsea¬†for about 30 minutes today ūüôā

The thing I like about workamping is it puts you right in the middle of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife!

And if it doesn’t, maybe you’re doing it wrong?

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!