Beachcombing theoutershores: a 2018 Retrospective

This concludes theoutershores’ sixth year. I wrote 26 posts, including this one, and uploaded a bunch of images from the Oregon coast. I even added a few images from Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, in the Salish Sea. I added photos of new species to my pages on flowering plants, red and brown algae, and I started a new chiton page. Here I highlight the three most viewed posts from 2018, and a few favorite photos.

In The Changeable Rocky Intertidal: 2013 v. 2018, my most popular post, I used comparative photos to illustrate rocky intertidal changes I’ve observed over the last few years | October
In Pollicipes, Magical in the Morning, I compare blood red cave-dwelling barnacles with their sun-exposed neighbors | November
Boring Clams Lend an Otherworldly Appearance to a Miocene Shelf is a short piece about the workings of boring clams in ancient sediments | March

A selection of photos from 2018 posts:

Here’s to promising upwellings in the year ahead.

Photographic Review of 2018


  1. Yes, yes, yes. I agree with the fav mollusk with red lips. After having a conversation with you about the grape looking seaweeds, I did find some here in Vancouver. You are doing excellent work by the sea. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you. I just looked over your year in review post for 2018. Super good stuff- I enjoyed those photos a lot. Places I don’t get to often or at all. And a Happy 2019 to you too!

  2. Greetings from the South Coast. And Happy New Year! Thanks for the informative posts. You have me paying more attention when I visit the coast. I appreciate it.

    1. Thank you. And thanks for running a great challenge. I like your interpretation that I’ve turned my beach finds into art. It’s charitable praise, but I’ll take it.

  3. While looking for photos of something else, I took two close-ups of pink critters – thought you would be interested to see them. If I can’t attach them here, is there another address I can use to send the photo’s to you?

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