Beach rockhound with a deer

I went on a quick trip to my favourite Vancouver Island beach as the sun came up one recent morning.

This is the beach I found my first piece of Dallasite on. It still yields more than enough beautiful rocks for me and anyone else who would be interested. 

I love it when the tide goes out on Vancouver Island.

I love it when the tide goes out on Vancouver Island.

My focus this time was more on colourful rocks for the tumbler than Dallasite specifically. My self-education in rock tumbling is paying off, as I am getting a better eye for what rough rocks will look like polished. Next I need to start cutting them open, because I’ll never find out about big rocks this way!

A nice young deer.

A nice young deer. He has some samphire in his mouth and very dirty back legs.

I met a young buck at the beach. He was banging around in the bushes and scared me at first, but then seemed friendly. He was eating samphire, or sea aparagus.

A nice Flowerstone specimen I stumbled upon.

A nice Flowerstone specimen with a thick band down the middle.

The tide was low and I shifted operations to an adjacent beach and all the gooey duck hunters were out.

Banded green rock, good one for the tumbler. I like these rocks but some feel too soft for the tumbler.

Banded green rock, good one for the tumbler. I like these rocks but some feel too soft for the tumbler.

I’ve been inspired to do some landscaping recently and grabbed a few shovel fulls of pebbles for my girlfriend’s garden. Not sure if that was legal.

A great palm-sized piece of Dallasite.

A great palm-sized piece of Dallasite.

Back to the tumblers for me. We’re going gold panning soon and plan to make a living picking things up off the ground.

The beach rock haul. Lots of variety in here, lots to throw in the rock tumblers.

The beach rock haul. Lots of variety in here, lots to throw in the rock tumblers.

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