Hi, My name is Steve Morey. I started this website with the idea of curating my thoughts about nature on the open exposed sandy beaches of central and northern Oregon, USA. I call it theoutershores because that describes the surf-swept shores of my home beaches and it’s a good description of the exposed coast anywhere in the world. That’s important to me because I hope my words and photos have meaning to people who love beaches and the exposed intertidal everywhere. You can learn more about me and theoutershores here.
I spend pretty much equal proportions of my time on theoutershores fishing the surf zone, combing the wrack line, and exploring the rocky intertidal on headlands and outcrops that separate Oregon’s sandy beaches. Anything you see on theoutershores is going to be a description of some natural history thing I’m thinking about like Comparative Photos Show Rocky Intertidal Changes Between 2013 and 2016. That’s a long post for me, with some thoughts on sea star wasting syndrome and ecological zonation. I’ll write a natural history piece if I think I have something to add. Thinopinus pictus, a Predatory Intertidal Staphylinid is a good example. Others are short fun posts, just showing off a photo or two, like Kelp Curves.
I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about the intertidal from collaborations with other naturalists. My main collaborator and friend on theoutershores is Mike Westphal. He’s one of the best naturalists I know, and the intellectual co-founder of theoutershores. My posts are full of things that Mike and I have learned and are learning about the surf zone, and about the natural history of surfperch and their prey, and other creatures they share the sandy beaches with. You’ll see plenty of recognition of connections to sister ecosystems, especially estuaries, the rocky intertidal, and the subtidal.
You won’t see a lot of photos of me or other people on my posts and pages, but there are a few, and here is a small sample.
Occasionally you’ll see guest posts from these and other collaborators on theoutershores. Gary Longo was kind enough to write a post about how he uses molecular techniques to study the evolutionary history of surfperches in Using surfperches to help understand the genomic basis of divergence and local adaptation, and he graciously allowed me to post his fantastic videos of surfperch in the kelp beds of central California, which appear in Below the Surface with the Walleye Surfperch.
If you have an interest in things that wash up on the beach throughout the seasons; things like marine debris, floats, carcasses, driftwood, and shells, my Wrack Line pages might be right up your alley. If you like to check out photos of intertidal organisms, I have pages on surfperches, other fishes, and other animals, plants, and marine algae too. These are works in progress, and will be forever. You can get the gist of where I’m going by checking out A Variety of Life.
If you like what you see, I hope you’ll give the outershores a follow. A good way to keep tabs on theoutershores is to follow me (my pseudonym is minustide) on twitter @theoutershores. Another good way to keep up with what’s going on on theoutershores is to like TheOuterShores on facebook. As I mentioned earlier, my name is Steve Morey, but I blog under the name minustide, so that’s how I appear on theoutershores’ posts and pages, and on twitter. I’m not sure the pseudonym was a good idea; I hope it’s not too confusing. Mostly, I hope to see you on theoutershores.