|Santa Cruz, California, West Cliff Drive shoreline. Watercolor 6x9 inches.|
Along the Monterey Bay shoreline, there is endless entertainment for the person who takes a little time to inspect what the ocean's waves leave behind. You'll find shells, of course, like the lovely blue-black shells of the super-abundant California Mussel:
|Three views of a California Mussel shell.|
Or, at low tide, a Leafy Hornmouth shell (sounding more like an insect than a snail!):
|Leafy Hornmouth shell.|
But there are plenty of others to enjoy...
|Rock Crab carapace (a single piece of shell that covers the animals' back and sides)|
|Three views of a fish vertebra.|
Odd rubbery things that are animals (or colonies of them) called tunicates:
|Thee kinds of tunicates washed ashore and an unidentified squishy red sphere.|
Go and explore the stuff that's washed ashore, and enjoy a world of shape and design, color and texture, mysteries and answers--in short, the usual wonder of nature!