Edmond’s Beach

My son and I are Beach Watchers. Among other activities, we gather with other volunteers at our local beaches at low tide and offer information about the flora and fauna that live in the intertidal zone.

Yesterday was our first beach day in well over a year, and it was wonderful to be back. These are just a few of the surprises the Sound revealed. (The identifications are my best, researched opinions.)

Lewis’ Moonsnail (Neverita lewisii)
Red Encrusting Sponge (Ophlitaspongia pennata)
Sea Lemon (Peltodoris nobilis)
Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus): So exciting to spot these! When we took our training in 2018, these were hard to find due to sea star wasting disease. It’s wonderful to see them coming back.
Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)
Frosted Nudibranch (Dirona albolineata)
Compound Turnicate
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea Capillata): note the tentacles in the top left corner. Also note left center mussel shell for size comparison

Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister)
Nuttall’s Heart Cockle (Clinocardium nuttallii)
Shield-back Kelp Crab (Pugettia productus)
Egg casings of a Sea Lemon
Hermit Crab

Afternoon Walk

My husband and I drove to the coast for a walk. I had a particular spot in mind, but, while trying to find that spot, we came upon this wonderful little park where someone had apparently planted a wildflower mix. A lovely surprise.

It’s The Little Things: Travel Palette

Homemade Travel Palette

I dabble in watercolor and aspire to being one of those people who hikes out to some gorgeous spot and memorializes the moment in a few quick strokes. Well, I can dream.

To this end, I have tried to find a travel palette that I liked but to no avail. I finally decided to make what I wanted. I affixed magnetic stripes to empty half pans and repurposed a metal Acme pen case. The beauty is that I can dedicate each half pan to a specific color, swap out colors as I see fit, and still have plenty of room for a couple of brushes and a pencil and pen. And the entire case fits in a coat pocket.

It’s funny how much satisfaction a little project like this can provide.