GREAT BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET & GREAT WHITE EGRET – My photographs along with small illustrations of a few of my favorite shorebirds.
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
MIDDLE OF OCTOBER IN SAN DIEGO – I spent some time at the Famosa Slough, a bird sanctuary in Point Loma where I observed Great White Egrets feeding & a group of Black Neck Stilts. Famosa Slough is a wonderful marsh area, which used to be completely filled with trash & was cleared out by volunteers & turned into a lovely respite for migrating birds. At the beach a man piled stones one on top of the other in a balancing act. The sunset was cloudy due to rain one day, but on another day I turned to look at the amber sunlit bluffs & caught the stunning reflection in the mirrored low-tide sand. Beautiful. Pelicans carried branches around at the La Jolla Cove pretending they are nest building. I photographed piles of fresh giant kelp at the beach, which made me think of woven tapestries. A seagull sitting by a sand castle made me smile. It was as if the seagull had built it just for me! San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition had their annual dive film events & I went both nights. I have spent my life by the sea, but seeing the life under the sea is simply astonishing. A video this year of sperm whales simply took my breath away. Another video morphed an artists octopus art with the real deal. The illustration here of a clownfish in an anemone, will always remind me of a film that asked the question “Where is Nemo?” & answered it with “In the aNEMOe!”.
October is my birthday month so I spend time reflecting on my life. It has been more than a decade for me since I had an accident that prevented me from working, but gave me a small disability income. I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to live a life by the sea that is filled with the adventure of learning about the things I love & spending time being an artist. Who knows what the future will bring? All I know is that I have lived a very simple life with few material things, but with many riches of the beauty in this world. I really couldn’t ask for more.