Monday, January 31, 2011

Beautiful black agate found...

This beauty was brought in recently 5 inches long and it weighs almost a pound.  Local beachcomber Kathie found this agate with beautiful red jasper highlights and it is now polished.  Nice find Kathie!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Newport is beautiful this week...

Winter has blessed us once again with better weather than summer!  No wind, sunny and bright a great time for beach combing on the Oregon Coast.  The rates are low and less traffic to contend with, what more could you ask for?  Yes there are agates being found again, just the beaches are shifting and the gravel has been spotty.  I have been busy working on not one but two books to be published in the next month or so.  Just no time for us to participate in beachcombing or to get the photos up on the blog.

Editors notes: Video from News Lincoln County

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dee's Trophy Artifact

This is quite a beachcombers trophy.  Dee of Wyoming was just in with this spectacular museum quality artifact which is a 5¾" harpoon point carved  of bone or antler. She found it washed up on the shore among all of the the flotsam and jetsam.  I first thought it appeared to be  an Indian fish hook. Click on the image to get a better close up.

Editors notes: Bone Harpoon Heads, Late Old Stone Age

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Years eve is showing great finds at Newport!

Entered December 31, 2010...I just got this out of the camera. Frank found this earlier and brought in one the nicest tube agates we have seen in many years.  These are not commonly found here at the coast but this is a beauty.  The photos were back lit to better see the patterns that run from the back of the stone clear through to the front.  Well done Frank, for a wrap up to the year 2010.

News from the Oregon Coast...

Entered December 10, 2010... It is beginning to look a lot like beachcombing season again!  Frank was just in yesterday with a few trophies he wanted to share with everyone.  He found what we all believe could be a fossilized sea turtle scull, (yet to get this photo ) a very well defined fossilized Crepidula praerupta shell.  Frank has also been very busy educating our upcoming pebble pups by doing geological presentations for classes in our Lincoln County School District. Good job Frank!

The Oregon Coast Agate Club Christmas party was last night, great food and a fun gift exchange was had by all in attendance.  We have elected new leadership and hope to see the club continue to grow.  Visitors are always welcome to join us for the meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Central Lincoln P.U.D.(across the Hwy from Safeway) meeting room in Newport.  The annual show will be held June 18 & 19 at the Yaquina View School, multi-purpose room.

This photo to the right was found earlier last spring by  Roscoe. & Billy of Tillamook  What is it?  Looks like a crepidula...but developed the wrong direction.