Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time and tide

Time and tide wait for no man.

Although the origin of this phrase is uncertain, it's clear that the phrase is ages old and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:

"And te tide and te time ├żat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet."

Sometimes it takes us a long time to discover the source of a particular piece of plastic. For years we have collected small turquoise fish-shaped pieces. At school with our grandson, the revelation was at hand. He is a big fan of the plastic swimming pool filled with plastic balls and will while-away over and over again tossing the balls up into the air. When it was time to ride the horsey, as I removed him from the pool, to my amazement I saw embossed fish shapes on the bottom that I recognized as the same as our beach finds.

From Kehoe Beach 

Later, during our walk home we found another kind of tide and time: a sidewalk shopping enticement, a battery-operated plastic scuba guy clacking over and over again against the edge of a pool that was way too small for his enthusiastic strokes. Needless to say, our grandson was a big fan. And for me, something existential, yes, time and tide...

Friday, March 28, 2014

All One Ocean

Help us help All One Ocean and enjoy a fun fab benefit 
at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes, April 6, 4- 6 PM

Monday, March 17, 2014

Difficulty in Finding

Although we are great collaborators in the studio when we are at the beach we can rev into a fierce competition of who can find the best piece, who can find the most. Extra points are awarded for difficulty in finding which means if only a thin slip of the plastic is visible or if it's nearly invisible because it is the color of the sand or it's hidden under a pile of tangled driftwood and seaweed. 

Richard's plastic covered wagon cover won the day on the beach but back at home Judith found it in a jiff on the Internet.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hit List

We set out today to make a "hit list" of the items that we find every time we go to the beach. In the first 100 yards we were able to check off the first five: tiparillo tip, straw, shotgun shell wad, bottle and wrapper. It was not long before we had completed our task, then we spent the afternoon on the lookout for what would classify as our most unusual find of the day.

Over the years there have been some truly astounding finds:
from the ballot box lid from the 2001 election to the 2 monopoly houses 

But today the bright red rose was an eye-catcher. It's a member of the taxon Simulacracea and the peer reviewed paper requires a knowledge of Pig Latin. It appeared in the Ethnobotany Research & Applications, Vol 5 (2007)

Our thanks to Robert Burns for his poem A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
     Till a’ the seas gang dry. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Many happy returns of the day...

We are up and at 'em, headed for the beach- hoping that the recent storms have washed up a strew of plastic. Envious of Janis Selby Jones' (Judith's' sister) soldier pic that she posted on Instagram and Litterati this morning, we are fueled by the competitive fire and are on the hunt for the plastic invasion —  will we find a marine Marine?

When Janis is not at the beach she is a school-based resource teacher at an elementary school in Oceanside, CA. She makes regular posts of her prize-winning images onto Litterati, a crowd sourced compendium of photographs that geo-tag tracks the who, what, where, and when of litter with the hope that this awareness will make for a litter free world.

At her school she is helping to institute a zero waste campaign and is working with students to organize a Green Team. Plus she keeps a blog Write the World where she posts about "living, learning, and teaching through photography and writing." YAY! Janis!

But the Norcal vs. Socal rivalry rears its transgressive head. Hey, Janis, we have two, yes 2 of those mortar men.          

See Fig A.

We looked all afternoon for that soldier. He was not to be found but maybe these tiny .5" binoculars were once his?

Although there was not much plastic, there are many other reasons for a trip to the beach. We marveled at the swoop and dive of the Peregrine Falcons and listened to their resounding cry echoing from the cliff side caves where they nest. And the enthusiastic troop of geology students from San Francisco State University was out in full force on the hunt for fossils.

Kehoe Beach is a favorite place for geology aficionados. It's a textbook case from the textbook Geology at Point Reyes:

Fossil marine mollusks and echinoids found at the base of the Laird Sandstone on Kehoe Beach indicate that deposition occurred in shallow during middle Miocene time (Clark and Brabb, 1997). These sandy facies grade into finer-grained rocks (sandstone, siltstone, and shale) of the lower Monterey Formation. The Monterey Formation grades upward into siliceous shales, porcellanite, and chert. The upper Monterey Formation yields fossil benthic foraminifera that suggest the sediments were deposited in bathyal depths (200 to 4,000 m) during middle to late Miocene time (Clark and others, 1984).

A day at the beach rain or shine, plastic or no, is always cause for celebration.

And, as the old adage goes, what goes round comes round...
or should we say,
many happy returns of the day...

Hey, Janis, we found this pic on the Internet.
Let's see who can find the whole set.