Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This huge trophy agate was brought in to Wesley's Trading Post by Valerie from Portland Saturday May 7th. She said her husband found it sticking out of the sand and had to dig it out and they were amazed at how big it was 46.8 pounds. From a beach on the coast near an RV park. You can see some the bruising that I have described in the past as looking like fingernail indentations in the rind and exposed patches of the agate and drusy crystal – quartz looking patches so not sure what is inside. 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Sorry I took so long to open the photos that Patty Bullock supplied.

Close-up exhibits the fingernail marks

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Presentation - Beach combing 101

Tuesday Evening May 26th will be the last in this years series of talks on Coastal Encounters. 
Lincoln County author of Agates of the Oregon Coast Kay Myers will present Beach combing 101, finding agates on the Central Oregon Coast.  This presentation with video will be held at the Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Be sure to follow us on Facebook

As I haven't been out on the beaches in quite awhile, check us out on Facebook for the most recent details of beach combing on the Oregon Coast.  Happy holidays to all of you folks and stay safe!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fossil Conifer Cone found at Moolack in Newport

Fossil Conifer Cone
This was a first for me to see and what a treat. Sandra shared her fossil conifer cone she had found while beach combing on the beach at Moolack.  Congratulations to Sandra on her prize find.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rockhounding Oregon, Hot off the Press

Hot off the Press
Thank you Lars, we just received our autographed copy of Rockhounding Oregon today! Great job this makes a great companion book of locations to go with our pocket guides Oregon Under Foot and Agates of the Oregon Coast. We should have copies for sale next week at Wesley's Trading Post 136 SE 1st St here in Newport, Oregon.  541-265-4556.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Upcoming Field trips at Newport for fossils, etc...

Guy DiTorrice

Greetings Fossil Fans: Here is an invitation to attend one of the Oregon Fossil Guy's beach combing field trips on the beach at Newport. Yes, there is a fee for this wonderful educational experience with your guided professional.

Oregon Fossil Guy's Upcoming beach fossil field trips in the Newport area include:

Sunday July 13 8:00 am Moolack Beach (north of Newport in paved parking lot past Moolack Shores Motel)

Tuesday July 22 5:30 pm Beverly Beach State Park (meet in the day-use parking area west of the entrance)

Look for his dark-green jeep with the FOSSIL sign in the window. Only $39 per person [payable to "Guy DiTorrice"] with all collection supplies included (canvas collecting bag, gloves, brush, magnifying glass) and your collected specimens are identified, bagged and labeled. Participants receive a printed copy of the new fossil-collecting rules and the OSU Sea Grant fact sheet "Fossils You Can Find on Oregon Beaches". You provide solid footwear for walking on slick/mossy rock, large cobbles and long stretches of sandy beach as well as layered clothes, with recent foggy conditions making it a bit cool here.

Please pass this invitation along to any other fossil fan of interest and let him know any days or dates of interest to you. Hope to see you here.

Guy DiTorrice aka "Oregon Fossil Guy"
PO Box 1643
Newport OR 97365
[720] 326-3573 cell/text

Trophy agate found on the Pacific Coast

Darth Vader?
Here is last Thursday's agate trophy found by Sandra, one of our local beachcombers here on the Central Oregon Coast. Congratulations to Sandra on finding this beautiful black fortification agate among all of the Velella velella on the beach. That could not have been easy to see among all of that debris as the link to the (Velella velella) will show you.  

The center opening at the bottom shows a small pocket of druse or druzy quartz crystals which is a coating of small fine crystals which allows that area to be somewhat translucent under high intensity lighting.