CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS – WINTER PLUMAGE

BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS flying by always leave me breathless.  There are juvenile pelicans that really stand out against the bright green & red pouches as the pelicans transform into their winter breeding plumage.  Even their eyes change from brown to blue!  As they sit on the La Jolla Cove bluff soaking up the sun, I get a close up view of these magnificent birds.  

WITH EVERY TIDE, A SEA CHANGE – October Pacific Beach

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Every tide brings a new landscape, a new beach environment to marvel at & to enjoy.  This month of October brought a super moon & the low tides became minus low tides, which exposed the tide pool rocks.  It was fun to see the round tide pool rocks surrounded by living black turban shells clustered in a circle trying to hide from the sun until the tide returned.  Even on a perfectly smooth round rock, they seem to find a way to create a ledge of shade.  The sea gulls like to perch on the exposed rocks & they look like they are standing on miniature private islands.  The super moon has also caused very high tides, too.  The beach has all sorts of interesting things washed up.  A clump of pink barnacles catches my attention as well as other artfully arranged sea shells & sea weeds.  As I stroll along, I photograph this “sea art”.  It seems as if the ocean often creates these “messages” to be “read” by anyone taking the time to look.  A cobblestone rock has surf grass steaming away from the retreating tide, which makes me think of the sea telling me to “go with the flow”.  Art by-the-sea.  Wisdom from nature.  It is a sacred place by the sea.  Every single tide creates a different coastal environment to experience & marvel at.  Sometimes after high surf, the beach is covered with huge clumps of seaweed, but other times a receding minus tide will expose reef rocks & give a larger view of the hidden tide pools here.  This week a minus tide left a wide open flat beach with a sheen of sea water on it, which created a perfect mirror for the amber sand stone bluffs to be reflected in.  Beauty is everywhere here & it captivates me every single time.  I feel this beauty entering the pores of my skin, I breathe this beauty in.  I carry this beauty in my heart.  Continue reading

OCTOBER AQUA SEA IN LA JOLLA

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Lobster season opens in October, which means that each early morning the wooden lobster boats show up to pull up their traps, remove any legal size lobsters, re-bait the traps & return them to the sea.  Life by the sea is like that, a cycle of seasons that return & repeat.  A continuity of living life with constant change.  A paradox of the sea always being there, but changing with every tide, every moon, every storm & even ocean warming due to climate change.  It is sacred to live life by the sea.  Continue reading