PELICANS FEEDING IN TIDE POOLS IN LA JOLLA – One of the things that I love about spending time by-the-sea is that everyday is different. One day I might be lucky enough to see an octopus in a tide pool, or a sea lion begging fish from a lobster boat or elephant seals on the beach. On December 4, 2013 I was lucky enough to spot pelicans & cormorants feeding in the ocean so I quickly walked to get a better photo opportunity. I rounded a bend and had a full view of the beach at minus low tide and there they were –hundreds & hundreds of pelicans, cormorants and gulls. The pelicans were feeding in the tide pools and there was one particular tide pool where the pelicans were gathered around it in a circle like some ancient rite, dipping their bills into this tiny pool and sharing a bounty of what was probably tide pool-trapped fish. It was amazing to see how they held their wings up and out of the way to squeeze into a spot to share the bounty. It was a behavior I have never seen before and I was in awe. Come to think of it, is there a day by-the-sea that I am not in awe? Never. I was so enthralled with the pelicans that I did a small 3 inch x 3 inch watercolor in my 2013 Daily Art Journal.