Fins on Fire

Surfperch live on sandy beaches which can be vast, uniformly colored and featureless. It’s a drab place. Sometimes the beaches are broken up by rock features but true sand-dwellers eschew the rocks. In the photo above, my pack is sitting where surfperch will be feeding in a few hours. Surf zone prey frequently camouflage themselves…

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Mermaid’s Purse

Winter storms wash mermaid’s purses onto the sandy beaches. I found this one in the fresh wrack on the morning of March 9th. The only dog on the beach beat me to it and that’s why you see those tracks in the sand. I flipped it over to reveal the view most often shown in…

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Choices, Choices…Everywhere

  In celebration of my first twenty theoutershores posts, I made this fishy Word Cloud from tagxedo.com. The size of words is an index of how frequently they are used in my posts. Surfperch is the biggest word; that’s no surprise. Another relatively big word is color. I think about color a lot. Evolutionary biologists…

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Timing is Everything

Timing is everything on the outer shores. Anyone who has gotten up in the pre-dawn darkness to race to the shore for a great low tide knows very well that the tides wait for no person. Same thing with that great early morning light for photos. It’s here and then it’s gone. The seasons don’t…

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