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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Catching some Al-air-ia

Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy?  

We noticed a very long Winged Kelp (Alaria marginata) blade on the beach tonight.  Eric pulled it into the air so I could try to document how long it was.  I liked how it rippled and flowed while airborne, and there was nice light along different parts of the blade.

Every time he pulled it into the air, the shape and effect was different:

For the record, this blade was a little over 4.5 meters (15 feet) long.  According to the Marine Algae of California, most Alaria blades are 2.5-4 meters (8-13 feet) long, but they can reach lengths up to 6 meters (19.5 feet)!

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