TIDE POOL LIFE – Illustrations from my photographs. After large winter storms, clumps of sea weeds & sometimes a branch of coral wash up onto the beach. One winter lots of living Wavy Turban shells ended up on the beach, too. Hopefully the high tide arrived & took them all back to their home in the sea. Decades ago Shell Beach in La Jolla had wonderful tide pools filled with sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea urchins & lots of sea shells. Spending time at the beach has always been soul fulfilling. When I spend time looking at these photos & creating illustrations from them, I remember that I will always carry this beauty in my heart.
LOBSTER SEASON OPENS IN LA JOLLA & FROM THE SHORE I OBSERVE PELICANS RIDING ON THE BOATS AND SEA LIONS WAITING FOR A BREAKFAST BAIT HANDOUT AS THE LOBSTER TRAPS ARE EMPTIED. CALIFORNIA SPINY LOBSTERS ARE NOT “TRUE” LOBSTERS AS THEY HAVE NO CLAWS. One time a bunch of lobster traps washed up into La Jolla Cove after a storm & the lifeguards emptied the traps of all the lobsters, put them into buckets and returned them out to the marine reserve park where fishing is illegal. It was wonderful to see that these creatures had a second chance at life.