Rainy day hounding on Vancouver Island

It’s officially wet season on Vancouver Island and I managed to get a couple good trips in to my favourite rockhounding locations.

Low tide on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Low tide on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

I wasted a bit of time exploring for new places that didn’t pan out. But at least I know that now. I hit an old haunt and walked off in the opposite direction I usually go. I was in search of Dallasite, our local jasper, and hoped the recent stormy weather pushed some new ones up.

Cool rocks here.

Cool rocks here.

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This piece of Dallasite has a couple of great sections and then a big glob of quartz in the middle.

This piece of Dallasite has a couple of great sections and then a big glob of quartz in the middle.

Amygdaloidal basalt. The camera doesn't pick up the blue tinge well, but the ones with blue/purple always attract me.

Amygdaloidal basalt. The camera doesn’t pick up the blue tinge well, but the ones with blue/purple always attract me.

One of my favourite 'looks' for Dallasite, like some alien webbing on the rock.

One of my favourite ‘looks’ for Dallasite, like some alien webbing on the rock.

Love seeing a great piece of Dallasite hiding under the sand.

Love seeing a great piece of Dallasite hiding under the gravel.

This is a nice piece and shows another common 'look' to Dallasite, that of the colourful Dallasite flowing through a basalt corridor.

This is a nice piece and shows another common ‘look’ to Dallasite, that of the colourful Dallasite flowing through a basalt corridor.

I’m more pictures than words today. It was a nice trip and I need to get out more. High-quality Dallasite is not very common, though the junkier stuff is. I already can’t wait until snorkel hounding next summer! No one’s picked up those rocks yet.

Take care.

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  1 comment for “Rainy day hounding on Vancouver Island

  1. October 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Nice finds!

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