Tide Pools

Today we trundled off to Point Lobos, at the beginning of the coastline that is known as Big Sur to see the sea. There we engaged in one of my favourite voyeuristic past-times: tide-pooling. For those poor land-locked souls, this is going to the ocean's edge and nosing around in the little pools and crevices of the rocks, slipping desperately on sea lettuce, poking one's finger into the center of anemones and squealing as their frothy tendrils close on said digit; all the while remembering not to turn one's back to the sea, lest it carry you off into the blue Pacific, to sleep with the fishes in an oil-slick.
Competitive Tide Pooling
I love this sort of sport. It requires so little coordination, and there is zero competition. I don't have to worry about dropping balls, or throwing things really far, or being a team player. And everyone looks equally silly, bent over with our bottoms waggling in the air.

I also love living next to the ocean, as well as all the past times it affords that don't include actually swimming around in it very much. The following can be yours for the taking, in our little part of the world: walking beside the sea, surfing, sailing, boating, playing volleyball (an evil sport) next to it, visiting the near-by Boardwalk, which consists of riding roller coasters, eating horrible crap food (dip n dots, funnel cake, deep-fried Twinkies) and then being sick all over strangers. And let's not leave out the ubiquitous girl on roller blades wearing a bikini, and the stoner drum circle, and hippie twirl dancing. This is essential, esp. if you are trying to become one with the cosmos.
Visitor from Brobdignag
There is something so calming about peering into the tide pools-small puddles of salt water that sustain so much life, and I can feel myself slow down and try to focus in on everything that is happening in each microcosm. Hermit crabs scuttles under a piece of rough and textured seaweed. Red leather anemones, orange and purple starfish, chitons and blennys hog the show, along with the brilliance and vivacity of rock and plant, in which the overcast sky, suffused with afternoon light, causes hidden tints of reds, purples and greens to shine forth. Today I was completely engrossed in the rings of grey that graced the stones about us, and found myself remembering the childhood love for small things, things contained and cosy in a tiny world. I used to adore diorama projects at school for this same reason, and puddles on walks with my papa.
I was going to add some of my photos from today, but I am truly an abysmal photographer, and my camera's clunkiness doesn't help matters. Instead, pop over to Jon Assink's blog, and check out his photos from the day. It definitely helps to hang out with great photographers! (Ahem, Dave S.!)

1 comment:

Megan&Brian said...

Colleen, I enjoyed your most recent blogs. did the Samuel Study include the word silly in any of its titles?
Thanks for the comment. It's so hard for me to write my blog knowing so many different types of people are going to read it. How to be personal and intimate with all readers despite the fact I wouldn't be personal and intimate with them in person? hmmm any tricks you've gathered?

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