Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
and took zillions of pix.
I haven't been able to post pix because I used up my quota on Picasa Web.The pictures were taken before dawn, just at dawn, and just after dawn. They will enlarge slightly if you click on them.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I went to Clam Beach this afternoon, during a low tide which followed a very high tide. The beach was wet nearly to the dunes, smooth and shiny. Large shells were plunked here and there, forming their own little tide pools. Shells like the one below are rarely found at Clam Beach -- I'm more likely to see them at a beach to the south.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Silk Creek Review Editor, Scott Carter, Down at the Creek, Water Color painting by Mary Stebbins Taitt. (Click image to view larger.)
Posted by Mary Stebbins Taitt at 4:42 PM
Monday, January 04, 2010
Because my pictures appear in reverse order -- last post first, which I forgot about -- I just wanted to explain that they were taken Jan. 3 at Big Lagoon, north of where I live in Calif. I went there to go agate hunting, picture taking, and mainly to enjoy the beautiful weather.
It struck me that you may not know what an agate is in California -- I certainly didn't until my daughter moved here. It's a clear stone that's been polished by the waves and is usually marked by swirls of what I call "white paint." This picture shows my own collection, found since I moved here two years ago. I have yet to find anything very large, but you can get an idea what they look like and how beautiful they are.
For those desiring a more scientific explanation, I copied the paragraph below from an article in a local weekly a couple years ago:
"Wave-polished translucent agates ... are found .... by eager collectors who brave the hazards of being swept out to sea by rogue waves. Agates consist of microscopically crystallized silica (silicon dioxide), called "chalcedony." They often show growth bands. They originate in the hellish conditions of volcanic eruptions, followed by millenia of gentle soaking in warm groundwaters. These "geothermal" waters slowly precipitated the chalcedony in cavities produced by volcanic steam."
Between holiday activities and rainy weather, I hadn't been to the beach in about two weeks. But there was a convergence of great weather and free time yesterday afternoon so went to Big Lagoon (20 miles north of my home in McKinleyville, CA) to walk on the beach and do some agate hunting.