Stormy night rockhounding

Storms are one of my favourite things in the world. I love being just hidden in safety from pouring rain and wind. I’ve been meaning to do some night rockhounding and these days that’s when the tide is lowest.

All the nice Dallasite and Flowerstone I found in two short trips, one having been at night. I think they were about equally successful though.

All the nice Dallasite and Flowerstone I found in two short trips, one having been at night. I think they were about equally successful though.

I left at 9:30 PM last night, over 4 hours into darkness in BC already, and hit an empty, cold, windy beach about 20 minutes away.

Hefty hand-sized piece.

Hefty hand-sized piece.

I didn’t get any pictures at the time. I was entirely focused on seeing if night rockhounding could work instead of playing with a camera. It was so cold!

I was pleasantly surprised to see a piece that looks like the brother of the piece in my last blog post with blue inclusions. I love it, but it didn't turn up well on camera outside.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a piece that looks like the brother of the piece in my last blog post with blue inclusions. I love it, but it didn’t turn up well on camera outside.

I wondered if my lantern and cell phone light looked like a ghost on the beach to any of the nearby homes.

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The main problem with night rockhounding is limited view range. With strong enough light, you can still see the rocks under you well enough, but you miss the ones you’d catch in your peripheral vision in daylight.

Best piece of the weekend. This is pretty much a pure chunk of Dallasite.

Best piece of the weekend. This is pretty much a pure chunk of Dallasite.

Still, I managed to get a few keepers. I went back in the morning and got a bit more. A successful rockhounding weekend and I plan to do more nighttime trips if tides demand.

A nice Chinese Writing Rock.

A nice Chinese Writing Rock.

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