Autumnal Equinox - Awesome Agates … and Busy Beavers

Autumnal Equinox - Awesome Agates … and Busy Beavers
September 22, 2012.  Washington has had an unusually sunny summer with very little rain.  That means that, at this time of year, the creeks should be low and it might be possible to find an interesting rock.  So, we packed a picnic, some rockhounding gear, and headed for the woods of Southwest Washington.

Surprise!  The creek was not low.  The water level was higher than expected because beavers have moved into this area.  

Autumnal Equinox - Salmon Creek Dam

The creek has been damed by busy beavers.

We hiked about a mile of this creek and saw several beaver dams as well as numerous downed trees.

Autumnal Equinox - Beaver Damage

The beavers were collecting small branches and even large trees for their construction projects.

The beaver dams and the higher water did not stop me.  I found some interesting petrified wood specimens as well as some agates.

Autumnal Equinox - Carnelian Agate and Beaver Dam

One of the agates I found, with a beaver dam behind me.

Autumnal Equinox - Carnelian Agate Closeup

A closer view of the nice carnelian agate that I found.

Autumnal Equinox - Agate Geode

I also found this agate geode.  Notice the nice agate banding around the exterior.  The center is quartz crystals.

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