Beachcombing theoutershores: a 2017 Retrospective

Here’s a brief look back at theoutershores’ fifth year. I wrote 27 short posts and uploaded my share of Oregon coast images. I added new photos and updated most theoutershores’ pages, like the ones on reds and browns, and opened up new pages on sponges, sea anemones, and jellies. Here, I highlight the three most viewed posts I wrote in 2017, and show off a few of my favorite photos from the year.

From May, A Glimpse of the Anemones Below is a just a few words about the evanescence of a perfect tide pool view
From April, Security for Granular Claw Crabs is my brief introduction to Oedignathus inermis
A colorful rocky intertidal diorama
From January, a story about how the Washed Ashore Project repurposes marine debris for art and education

A selection of photos from 2017 posts:


Here’s to promising upwellings in the year ahead.


  1. Thank you Steve for this lovely recapture of where your 2017 interests were focused. After I have only recently discovered ‘you’ for reason of learning more about millions (!!) of Pyrosomes that are still (since June) washing up on incoming tides near the base of North Coast’s Neahkahnie Mountain (Manzanita) I was most assuredly not disappointed by your glorious photos and description of same. And in thinking you won’t mind as I appreciatively ‘pay it forward’ I will be sharing this collage with my circle far and wide…while also anticipating whatever the fascinating “upwellings” of a new year. May blessings of robust health and ever enduring curiosity be yours!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s kind of you to take the time to mention it. Your note just made me realize I’ve never been to the base of Neahkahnie before. Maybe 2018 is my year.

  2. What a great way to begin 2018. Thanks for this set of stunning images – I hadn’t seen all of them, but new to me or not, they’re all so well worth seeing. Looking forward to all your posts this year!

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