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The Blue Agate
by J. D. Adams

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The Blue AgateBlue agate is a gemstone of rare elegance; some varieties are more highly prized than diamond. We found our blue agate in Lincoln City on an area of Taft Beach where beachcombers may note an abundant diversity of collectable objects. The exact location is a point of some conjecture; a conundrum shifting with the tides, where Taft Beach ends and the Siletz Bay begins.

The current of the bay meets the sea in a curving sweep of beach, spinning into frothing whirlpools, then rising into backlit swells that reveal strange shadows of aquatic life suspended in the water. I have watched many sunsets from the sands of Siletz Bay, and have noticed a peculiar curling wave, zipping along the edge of the bay, that defines the area. In this zone seals are frequently seen playfully riding the current with their heads above water, curiously watching beachcombers from a few feet away. Here the sand gives way to polished stones, agates, shells, and assorted treasures.

In the promenade at Taft, my wife and I strolled past the dock, looking out across the Siletz Bay. Seals relaxed on the sandy point in great numbers, cavorting in the water while pelicans soared overhead. There are pleasant memories here, and lots of history to be rediscovered. We plodded through the white sands, past the fishermen and kite flyers to the waterís edge, wading into groups of loitering seagulls that parted to let us pass. As the bay shore widened toward the open sea, we discovered a beachcomberís paradise of shells and gems adjacent to the turbulent water. The blue agate beckoned to us with the translucent glow of sunsetís slanting rays. It is one of few we have found on the Oregon Coast, and hopefully not the last. A seal watched us intently from the rolling surf, clapping his front feet togetherThe Blue Agate as if applauding our latest find.

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