Monday, June 27, 2016

A Crabby Sunday

We headed out to the marsh at low tide on Sunday. Pretty day, not much wind, some puffy fog out at the coast. It's been quiet at the marsh with most of the birds gone during summer breeding. We like walking around anyway. Lots of dragonflies and butterflies are out and about, and there are always beautiful views around every bend. We crossed the bridge over the creek that runs out into the bay. Because the tide was out we had a good look at the muddy-sandy banks. This is what it looked like.
If you click on the photo, you'll see lots of little dark spots along the water's edge. Interesting. They almost looked like they were moving. I zoomed in a little closer for a better look.
Still looked a few of those spots were moving. So I zoomed in a little more.
Yes! Little crabs were everywhere, all along the Jolly Giant Creek. For a good half mile they were out and about on the water's edge. So, of course I had to take a little video of the action.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Iridescence and Corona

I decided to go out and take one last look at the sky on Sunday. I blocked the sun with the roof and gutter and saw this. A corona formation that became iridescent and then back to corona. Five minutes of dazzling color, and then it was gone.







Monday, June 20, 2016

The Skies of June

The skies had been very uninteresting for a long spell here. I still run out to take a peek quite often and have been mostly bored by either the general overcast gray or an endless cloudless blue. But then something happened. The sky started to have blue skies, clouds, and even more. One day there was a faint circumhorizon arc.
I saturated this photo a bit to bring out the lower arc colors. It was more beautiful when Roger and I were walking to the market and back, but I didn't have the camera. We were grateful it persisted until we got home and I could get a little photo of it.

Then one day the sky did this. I don't know what all these shapes are, but some may be contrails.


Okay, I was really pleased by this display. Then, another day brought this.
I thought this looked like the cloud version of the Milky Way. Very nice.
There was even a hint of iridescence on Sunday morning. I haven't seen colors like this in quite a while.

Oh yay! The atmospheric optics still work in this crazy, crazy world. The sanity of beauty prevails.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Highwire Act

We went to the marsh hoping to photograph something wild, natural, and beautiful. This is what we saw.





Yikes! And it it was windy out there as well. What a job. The helicopter was flying the mile between these two transmission towers. Quite a sight.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Not The Post I Had Planned

I was going to write a post about the minus tide walk at Trinidad Beach that we took last Wednesday morning. It turned out to be World Oceans Day as well. We felt so lucky to be out there in a place of such beauty and abundance of life.

But contemplating such beauty on Sunday, when I started to write this post, seemed so out of place on the day another mass shooting has taken place in my country.
What words and images are there that could balance such horror? And really, why even try?
We cannot look away from the carnage that is produced by guns and madmen here.

How many more dead will it take for the clamor of ENOUGH IS ENOUGH is finally heard?
I'm afraid more than I can count.

So, all I have are photos of our minus tide walk and sadness for the times we are living in.