Monthly Archives: May 2014

SEA LION PUP – ONE DAY OLD – WELCOME!

 

 

Alert sea lion pup with mom 5-29-2014 WATERMARK

This baby sea lion was born this morning.  A new little bundle of joy at the Cove.  

Sea lion mom may look like she’s resting, but she’s on full alert.  The mom & pup even have conversations together.  The pups tiny voice is so funny.

Seal pup born 5-29-2014 - 21 WATERMARK

Seal pup born 5-29-2014 - 28 WATERMARK

Mama sea lion can use her tail to hold onto her pup.  The pup seemed so surprised as he wiggled out!  

Baby sea lion pup 5-29-2014 WATERMARK

WELCOME TO THE WORLD LITTLE ONE!

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SEA SHELLS – MINI WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS – SUNSET CLAM SHELL, OWL LIMPET, COWRY

Sea Shells - mini watercolors 5-27-2014 WATERMARK

PAINTING MINI WATERCOLORS OF SEA SHELLS TODAY.  ALSO A QUICK SHADOW PORTRAIT OF ME WITH THE SEALS!

WHEN I WAS 20-SOMETHING YEARS OLD, I WENT TO SHELL BEACH IN LA JOLLA.  A VERY KIND MAN THERE PICKED UP A FEW SHELLS & TOLD ME THE NAMES OF THEM.  NOW AS A 60-SOMETHING ARTIST BY-THE-SEA, I STOP SHELL COLLECTORS & TELL THEM THE NAMES OF THE SHELLS, TOO.  

Seashell mini watercolors 5-27-2014 - 1 WATERMARKTHE TOP SEA SHELL IS A SUNSET CLAM SHELL.  “LIKE EVERY SUNSET, EVERY SUNSET CLAM SHELL IS DIFFERENT.”  & THEY ARE, TOO.  SOME ARE FAINT PINK, SOME ARE DEEP PINK WITH A TINGE OF YELLOW.  THE BOTTOM SHELL IS A TYPE OF SCALLOP SHELL.

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THESE ARE COWRY SHELLS.  I WAS TOLD THEY WERE COFFEE-BEAN COWRY SHELLS, BUT HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THEY ARE REALLY CALIFORNIA TRIVIA SHELLS.  THESE SHELLS ARE VERY RARE NOW.

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THIS IS A GIANT OWL LIMPET SHELL.  IMAGINE MY SURPRISE & DELIGHT WHEN RESEARCHING THIS SHELL TO BE TOLD IT GETS ITS NAME FROM THE OWL SILHOUETTE INSIDE OF THE SHELL!  DO YOU SEE THE OWL?  I ENJOY POINTING OUT THE OWL TO KIDS AT THE BEACH & HOPE TO GIVE SOMEONE A LIFELONG INTEREST IN NATURE BY DOING THIS.  

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WAVY TURBAN SHELLS ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITES.  THEIR SIZE RANGES FROM SMALL TO A GIANT 6 INCHES ACROSS.  WHEN THEIR OUTER LAYER RUBS OFF BY THE SEA, THEY BECOME “PEARLIZED”.  THE STRUCTURE OF THIS WAVY SHELL SORT OF LOOKS LIKE OCEAN WAVES.

Seashell mini watercolors 5-27-2014 - 3 WATERMARKSEA URCHIN SHELL BITS ARE VERY, VERY TINY & HARD TO FIND.  SEA URCHIN SHELLS ARE FRAGILE & THE OCEAN WAVES BREAK THEM DOWN VERY QUICKLY.  I LIKE TO IMAGINE THAT SAND, WHICH IS MADE OF GROUND DOWN ROCKS, QUARTZ & SEA SHELLS, CONTAINS THESE LOVELY BITS.  

PAINTING SEA SHELLS GIVES ME MORE PLEASURE NOW THEN PICKING UP THE SHELLS. THESE WATERCOLORS ARE APPROXIMATELY 2 INCHES X 2 INCHES OR 2 INCHES X 4 INCHES ON ARCHES HOT PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER.

HARBOR SEAL WITH A SEAWEED NECK WREATH SLEEPING – SEA DREAMS

Tiny seal mermaid with seaweed wreath 5-25-2014 WATERMARK

Always watching, watching the seals.  Waiting for the seals to do something I haven’t seen before & if I’m lucky, to get the moment on film.  Today the water was crystal clear.  The eel grass shimmered like emerald green shredded silk.  The feather boa kelp swirled & danced in the tide with colors of burgundy reds with tones of purples.  & there was this harbor seal sound asleep in the water.  Rocked by the undulating waves & tide and wearing a wreath of feather boa kelp like a queen of the sea & mermaid of the tides.   Beautiful harbor seal rightfully adorned by the sea.

The harbor seal wakes a bit.  The tide is changing.  Spinning around gracefully in pirouettes in a seaweed water ballet, she wraps the feather boa kelp a bit more securely, takes a breath & submerges back into sleep. 

Seaweed dreams for a harbor seal rocked to sleep in a sea lullaby.

Feather boa seaweed seal scarf 5-25-2014 - 5 WATERMARKNote:  I am aware that otters wrap themselves in seaweed to sleep safely as the seaweed is an anchor, which holds them from floating away.  I did not know that harbor seals do this, too!  I was amazed, delighted and over joyed to have these magical moments with this harbor seal, but then everyday is joyous as an artist by-the-sea.