Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
< - - Lucky resident beachcomber Chelsea of Lincoln County found this 5 inch sard agate weighing at just under 2 pounds a couple of weeks ago. Her dad Tim also likes strolling along the beach finding agates.
These are just a few of what Tim found. The largest one a fancy agate has a very thick skin covering what appears to be a light blue agate, the white agate to the right of the quarter is a clam bellie agate, the center red one is a very nice carnelian agate. Good hunting by these two agate collectors.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Editors Note: Check out another arrowhead found her on the Oregon coast, last year.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Give it a few days and it should provide good treasures of agate, fossils, petrified wood and more for all, but please do NOT turn your back on that ocean, it is really wild and dangerous. Don't call for a beach report I can't see it from here, just take a chance and check it out for yourself.
After these storms, I figure by now that there should even be a few of the old fishing floats on the shore too.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The SOLV Great Oregon Beach Cleanups occur twice a year when thousands of volunteers head to their favorite spots on the coast. Every beach is cleaned up of litter and marine debris, from the California border to the Columbia River.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time is of the essence to preserve this fossil in order to save it before it is lost by nature and erosion or destroyed by humans, DiTorrice and Hanshumaker hope to see it displayed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport.
Editors Note: by Lori Tobias, The Oregonian Saturday September 05, 8:05 PM and Tuesday September 15, 2009, 8:35 PM.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Now regarding local info: last week we had folks coming in with agates that they had found. A couple of ladies had found some black agates (first one over a quarter of a pound and her second one was over one pound). Another gentleman also reported having had good luck that day also. More often than not the norm has been sparse collecting for very very small pea sized agate and some small jaspers!
Films and hikes highlighting the entire Scenic Area will also be available at the Visitor Center Theater from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 7, 2009
EDITORS NOTE: The photograph accompanying this article is courtesy of photographer Gerry Lewin. Lewin was a staff photographer for the Salem Statesman in 1970 and covered the event for the paper.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Nice find Don, keep up the good work.
With temperatures predicted to be 90+ to 100 degrees over the weekend in the I-5 corridor, we are seeing a rush of folks here to beat the heat on the coastline, where it will be measurably cooler than the inland part of the state.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This was the first trip to the beach for our new rescued pup exploring the rocks and combing the beach. Quiet and peaceful, the tide was going out so it was safe for the pup to explore the shoreline too. The beach was mostly deserted with no other people to speak of. A guy eventually parked his rig for a run on the beach. I discovered a new gravel bed that the surf had just revealed, and proceeded to fill my pockets with beautiful colorful jaspers, small agates and a few pieces of sea glass within about 20 minutes. We found some beauties, several nice agates. We left the beach with the sun still on the horizon and were home before dusk!
Life on the Oregon coast is spectacular at all times of the year for the beachcomber. May not all ways find a trophy agate but they are there just not always in volumes.
I will get a photo of my finds up as time permits. Enjoy your summer!!
Friday, July 3, 2009
I come across this site earlier and wanted to share these excelent photos of tide pools to get a close up and personal look of what you may experience here during these minus tides. Yes folks are finding a few small agates too but keep in mind this is NOT agate hunting season.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Video by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Oregonian - The tide was so low Wednesday May 27, 2009 that, in addition to gaining access to areas normally under water, people could easily reach the boiler for which Boiler Bay, just north of Depoe Bay, was named. Lower tides are forecast for June 23 & 24.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
As reported by Joe Rojas Burke in today's Oregonian: "Super-low tides at the Oregon coast will again provide ideal conditions to view a range of sea life not usually exposed to human visitors to the tidal zone. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the tides will drop as low as minus 3 feet, which is about as low as the tide will get on the oregon coast. Extream minus tides reveal sea scapes and marine life that's hidden under pounding surf most of the year."
Editors Note: This photo originally appeared in the Wednesday May 27, 2009 issue of The Oregonian.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I must apologize to you that I haven't had a chance to keep up on this report but work comes first! However it is nice to be able to say we all are still keeping busy in this economy.
It seems that the agate beds south of Newport have all sanded in but Newport to Lincoln City are still seeing small pockets of gravel that are still rewarding the collectors with nice treasures!
This is truly an unusual agate that was found yesterday by lucky resident Jeff of Lincoln County while he was beach combing north of Newport. This was actually 3½" across showing several interesting cavities of quartz crystals within the agate and mottled with ribbons of red jasper. Nice find Jeff!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Be careful on those roads out there and we hope you ALL have a safe Memorial Day!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Nice find! This was just brought in by local agate collector Jeff, This Oregon agate geode showing nice quartz crystals weighed in at 5.4 pounds. Not bad considering that it was pretty much all buried in the sand. This just goes to prove, Agates can still be found on the Oregon coast even when you least expect it even if the beaches appear sanded in.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Editors Note: Be sure and read the entire story by K. Williams Brown, of hidden treasures await at coast.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
< - - This fossilized tooth was found on the beach is yet to be identified. Possibly a petiped tooth as the ones in the jaw (shown in photo below) with the little boy. Found by lucky beachcomber Kevin of Lincoln County.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This wonderful educational piece was found recently by lucky Lincoln county beachcomber Linda D. Thank you Linda for sharing this rare treat with all of us.
Keep in mind around here at the coast there is no interest in zeolites of this variety because there is no value in them, I just happen to take an interest in all finds and wish to document them for prosperity.
This is not an agate, and would not be a candidate for polishing in the tumbler. Notice the radiating crystals originating from a central point, showing chain-like structures whose minerals form acicular or needle-like prismatic crystals. Zeolites combine rarity, beauty, complexity and unique crystal habits. Typically forming in the cavities, or vesicles, of volcanic rocks, zeolites are the result of very low grade metamorphism.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is just one of many that have come in lately with some great finds. This one was found by Glen D. of Newport. I wire wrapped this pendant in 14KGF wire. The lapidary art of wire wrap works well to capture anything.
Hopefully tomorrow I will get a lot more up for you to see some of the recent treasures that we have been enjoying lately from the coastline here in Newport.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Our extreamly unseasonable warm January weather here on the Oregon coast has brought out the beachcombers from every where to go hunting for agates. Local resident Frank was out collecting last Friday and found this black beauty! Just looking at it in normal light you can't see the water bubble within the agate until you back light it with a strong beam of light and the black disappears to expose the trophy of the day.
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is another nice find from one of our local beachcombers. What a lucky dude you are Frank. Wait till I get the photos of Frank's Black agatized, enhydro clam belly up that he found Saturday. You haven't seen anything yet!
This specimen was found about 6 weeks ago just south of Newport, by Richard of Seal Rock. Basalt is normally smooth and does not have any pattern at all to it. We believe this orbicular pattern to be an indicator as to the rapid cooling during it's formation. Nice find Richard!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yesterday folks came in with lots of nice agates to get their tumblers started! Congratulations to the gentleman that found a nice sized partial agatized "enhydo" (water bubble within it) clam belly. In the near future I have some interesting photos to get up from our agate collecting guest.
Later: In the Newport area I just returned from a 10 minute break from my deliveries wearing a T shirt (no need for a coat) in JANUARY and that was too warm. Temperature was 65 degrees, sunny without a breeze (better than summer at the coast) and I found a sandwich bag full of lovely agates and jaspers for our little friends. They were every where! Folks collecting there were visiting from Nevada, Washington and California as well as Oregonians. The weather is suppose to be nice throughout the holiday weekend!
Below is a great story to check out!
"Keep looking down while at the beach. There's lots to see this year.
Agates abound on the central Oregon coast right now, and some of the ghost forests are starting to peek out of the sand, along with some extremely ancient bedrock." By Andre' Hagestedt, Oregon Coast Beach Connection and photo.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
It has been a great time for our whale watching - guest and friends. The week between Christmas and New Years is traditionally the time for the migration to the warm waters of Mexico for the cows (female whale's) to give birth to their calves down south. The weather has been clear enough for our guest to get a pretty good view of them spouting as they make their way south. They will return again in the spring around March 19th on their way north.
Hope to see you again this year as you make your way through Newport.