Western Gull, Ochre Sea Star, Rockweed, sand castle, dog with ball, father and son surfing.
02-10 Sol Shine
Celebrating my heart, at ease or on fire, in my usual featherbrained way.
~ Horace (Roman poet, Ode I-6)
Weathervane, Chattanooga, Tennessee 2007
02-09 Sol Shine
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
~ Shel Silverstein
Glacier National Park, Montana 1998
02-08 Sol Shine
The difficult is what takes a little time, the impossible is what takes a little longer.
~ Fridtjof Nansen
Grand Canyon, Arizona 2006
Yesterday and today were marvelous out here on the Oregon coast; sunny and in the mid to upper 50s. What a delightful change! I’ll let the photos show you what I’ve been up to.
L to R: Breaking wave, teensy sand dollar, sea stack in Schooner Creek, kayaker, Harbor Seal, sunset, Harbor Seals resting, crab pots, Gooseneck Barnacles, curious Harbor Seal.
02-07 Sol Shine
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Abert’s Squirrel, Lakeside, Arizona 2016
02-06 Sol Shine
Rule # 11 – Be someone’s eccentric aunt.
~ Tina Roth Eisenberg
Lincoln City, Oregon 2018
02-05 Sol Shine
Hermit of the Swash
Meet the Pacific Sand Crab (Emerita analoga), a small crustacean that lives in the swash zone (you know, the section of sand in between the backbeach and the surf zone). Not an easy environment to survive in as the sand is constantly being tossed by the whims of the sea. Added to their challenge is the threat of predation from a number of shore birds, as well as Sea Otters and Barred Surfperch. Apparently, they’re delicious, with a shrimp-y or crab-like flavor.
I found it interesting that emerita means deserted (from the Latin eremus, from the Greek eremos). In Spanish the word evolved to mean hermit (one living in a deserted place). Did the sand crab earn this name because the swash zone is relatively uninhabited?
I discovered this little girl (the males are much smaller) during low tide. After her photo op I gently replaced her in the sand where she swiftly disappeared (backend first).
02-04 Sol Shine
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
~ La Rochefoucauld
San Diego, California 2016