Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the elk cows from the young bulls who haven’t started growing their antlers yet.
But until a couple days ago we’d only seen about a third this many elk since they took off to have their calves.
But there’s Alllie – my A-3 tagged cow. She had a calf last year so I’m betting she has one this year too. They are really skittish of me because I am on foot. The calves aren’t with them but they aren’t far from the trees. I’m sure the calves are well hidden and safe and we’ll get to see them in a week or two. I can hardly wait!
A tell-tale sign that there’s a whale, is a group of people parked on the side of Hwy 101, with cameras trained on the ocean close to shore.
There were two whales feeding just north of Devil’s Churn, just south of Yachats.
We watched them for about 10 minutes and then had to get going.
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?
I mean, sands shift all the time. Wind blows it. Surf moves it. Rain causes river levels to change which can cause the river’s path to change.
But it still amazes me how fast it can happen.
There has been a major change in direction at Big Creek over the last week.
Ok, since there are so many creeks by the same name, this is the Big Creek between Beachside State Park and Tillicum Beach Campground on the Oregon coast.
We noticed the change when we crossed the bridge. You used to see it go almost straight out to the ocean from the bridge. Now it curves directly to the south and disappears. So I had to take a look from the beach today. Sure enough, it wraps around the curve of the land. If the rip-rap weren’t there, a property-owner would have lost real estate!
The ocean moved so much sand onto the beach that it caused the river to find a different pathway. So it moved south about 100 yards. The north side of the creek gained that much beach; in front of Arnold’s Beach Haven – Sandy Shores…to put in a plug for a friend.
Mind you there’s 8 miles of sandy beach between Waldport and Yachats and, to my knowledge, this is the only creek you’d have to ford to cover it all. Tillicum Beach Campground sits midway. So now if you need a longer walk from the campground, walk south.
High tide was 8.8 today and we’ve had slightly minus tides. But I think it’s the storms that do more to move the sand than the tides do?