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.)

Flounder
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
Nudibranch

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

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

This week’s challenge: Favorite Place

In my opinion, my entry is a bit generic, but still true. My favorite place is . . . outside. As long as there is fresh air and a modicum on nature, I’m pretty happy.

Seattle on a Sunny Day

365 Somethings Project: Week 13

Much to report on my 365 Somethings Project this week! It was a very good week for discovering small ways to be creative in an otherwise crazily hectic week.

First, Mom’s scarf is coming along nicely. I think I have enough yarn to finish the color pattern and repeat it one more time.

Mom’s Scarf 3

Second, I am a huge fan of Taproot magazine. This weekend I decided to make a couple of dishes out of the Hearth issue. All I can say is that I hardly had time to get photographs before both dishes were gone.

Taproot’s Mushroom Stroganoff

Taproot’s Raspberry Clafoutis

Yesterday, we had a lovely, sunny day here in Seattle, so we took the boys for a two-and-a-half hour walk in the Lake Washington area, which gave me a great opportunity for some lovely spring photographs.

Cherry Tree with Pond

Branch of Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Seattle on a Sunny Day

Finally, I have been establishing a simple routine at night where I write from a prompt in the revised Writer’s Book of Days and draw from a prompt in The Creative License for just five minutes each. It seems to be working well for me, and I think it’s something I can stick with on even crazy, exhausting days.

So, I’m calling this a good week in terms of creativity!