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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sand sculpture

A rock crab (Romaleon antennarium, formerly Cancer antennarius) buried beneath the sand.  I like the way you can see that it's a crab just by the impressions left at the surface.  It looked a bit like a sand sculpture!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Smoke over the water

Wildfire smoke and filtered light over the ocean: 

View from Bodega Head at around noontime on 13 November 2018.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Hoping for rain

Last night we returned from an out-of-state meeting to smoke-filled skies.  Tonight (12 November 2018) the moon was glowing orange on the western horizon:

I'm so sorry for everyone affected by the fires.  Here's hoping for some rain to help the firefighters.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ocean blues

A photo from Big Sur, taken in April 2009.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A hint

A hint of green at sunset tonight (7 November 2018).

Monday, November 5, 2018

Check the boxes

Can you find a common theme shared by these three photo mosaics?

Here's the first one:

Any ideas yet?  

Here's the second one: 

Need a hint?  Consider the first letter for each organism, starting in the upper left corner and reading like a book.

The third mosaic:

I know this is tricky.  And the theme is?

For the first mosaic: Veliger, Otter, Tern, Echinoderm

For the second mosaic: Vulture, Octopus, Trifolium, Eagle

For the third mosaic: Vermetid, Owl, Toad, Egregia 

Thanks so much for playing.  Don't miss your chance to use your voice in the elections on Tuesday!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Golden light

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) in the golden light of fall.  Photographed on 2 November 2018.

P.S.  The pipit was walking among the seaweeds in the wrack line.  The whitish algae to the right of the pipit is a piece of coralline algae that's been bleached by the sun (it's normally pink).