Quick, What’s This Worm?

Day 4 of my Blogging 101 class: Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

Okay ideal audience member…quick, what’s this worm? You don’t know? Really? What kind of an audience member are you? One of Steinbeck’s lines from The Log From the Sea of Cortez pretty much sums up how I want theoutershores to be, in the eyes of its readers.

All things are one thing and one thing is all things… It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.

Connectedness is a core value of theoutershores, and there is no ideal audience member. We’re all in this together, and everybody’s making unique contributions.

A green algae, Chlorophyta
A green alga, Chlorophyta – northern Oregon coast

Do you know what this intertidal marine alga is? I know it’s a green alga. Can you tell me more? Probably not, and guess what; you’re not alone.

My sketch of a frustrating intertidal green algae
My sketch of a frustrating intertidal green algae

Lot’s of times, there are no answers to my questions and so, instead of getting frustrated, I sketch.

Do you think you know your chitons?

Feeling lucky?
Chiton, northern Oregon coast
I thought I was sketching M. muscosa now, I'm not so sure
I thought I was sketching M. muscosa now, I’m not so sure

I don’t know, specifically, which chiton it is. If by chance, you do, please drop me a line.

Tiny starfish, , perched on a giant barnacle, Balanus nubilus
A tiny starfish, P. ochracaceus, perched on a giant barnacle, Balanus nubilus

I guess my ideal audience member would be somebody who thinks this image is pretty cool.

References

Steinbeck, J. 1951 (The Viking Press Edition, 1962). The Log From the Sea of Cortez. The Viking Press.