Light Show

We’re north of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.   The place we’re staying is directly on a small beach. Well, ‘small’ is probably the wrong word.   It doesn’t have a poetic name, it doesn’t have majestic cliffs, it doesn’t have any fancy restaurants or hotels or activities.   It’s just a regular, small, coastal beach…

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Watching the Wheels Go Round

What is it about watching the sun come up and watching the sun go down? After all, it’s just a way of watching the planet turn in its usual way, day after day.  At least for me, watching a sunrise, and watching a sunset, never gets old. Each one the fundamentally the same, each one…

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Beach Sandskrit

We were walking on Malibu beach yesterday as the tide was going out. It left behind a long tale of the previous few hours, written in seaweed and flotsam. I didn’t count how many different types of seaweed left their notes on the sand, but from the number of red lobster shells in the receding…

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Time Pressed

The Victorians liked collections of all kinds, but those of objects of nature were among the most popular. The bit of the glamour and glory of the great era of exploration could be had in gathering one’s own seashells, or taxidermied animals, or skeletons, or in a version previously unknown to me, seaweed. Seaweed collections…

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Spherical Feast

Massive anchovy swarms off the coast of California have kept marine mammals and their observers busy for the past couple of months. It’s not so much that there are more anchovy than usual, it’s that there are more anchovy gathered in one place. According to this article, anchovy movement can be due to a number…

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