Archive for July, 2006

MA2006.04: Américas Altered Datebook — UPDATED

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I’ve followed up on the nervousness replies to date and updated the PawPrints Page for the project.

James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

I visited this marine reserve with my sister Laura on March 4 of this year. We hadn’t picked a particular time, and we arrived in the late afternoon. We saw seals playing out near where waves were breaking over rocks and picked up colorful bits of seaweed to arrange for photographs. Bay Nature recently ran a story on the park and the tidepools, and with the nearly full moon this weekend was a great one for some very low tides.

This morning Christine and i arrived at the reserve a couple hours after a -1 ft low tide, just fifteen minutes after sunrise. It was dramatically different.

I shot up the remaining black and white (from our Yosemite trip?), switching to the telephoto to shoot the seals out on the rocks. No tripod, Kodak TMAX 100 (TMX 135-36) speed film, dawn. I’ve no great hopes. [This will be Roll2006.06] Eventually i switched to 200 speed antique color film i bought on eBay at least three years ago. (Kodak Select Royal Gold 200, 24 exp) [This will be Roll2006.07] The dawn light was filtered by the marine layer, so colors were muddied. I fiddled with my circular polarizer as well, but that eats light, too.

The main joy was to watch the darting of the small fish, the tide pool sculpins. There were some lovely giant green sea anemone and the notable aggregating anemone, clonal colonies apparently battle each other. I didn’t see any examples of large colony boundaries, though. Hermit crabs were easily apparent, but i didn’t see any starfish or sea urchins. (I did see a lovely bit of sea urchin shell.)

The seaweeds were the delight — i wish i had a better guide. There were bulbulous bright green clusters that were quite interested even when out of the water.

Princeton, Half Moon Bay
9 July 2006 – 10 July 2006
37.5000° N, 122.4833° W

2006-07-09 04:00 PDT Moonset
2006-07-09 04:15 PDT -0.99 feet Low Tide
2006-07-09 05:56 PDT Sunrise
2006-07-09 11:33 PDT 4.09 feet High Tide

The deck before the Saturday cleaning

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

The deck before the Saturday cleaning

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Saturday, I got the deck cleaned for the first time in a long while — although i hope it’s been since the news of the OCLC “combination.” I took a before photo, but nor a similar after. Actually, the main improvement was cleaning up the fallen bird seed shells, which would not particularly stand out in the photo.

I’ve pondered getting plant racks that i could put against the screen/glass door that we don’t use. I’m glad I haven’t, because we’ve been keeping the bikes on the deck since the neighborhood cleaned derelict bikes off the bike racks. Ever since, i’ve pondered that the bikes are safer, particularly in an earthquake, on our deck. And, hey, i guess my arms are getting a work out.

So this looks useful — and i bet i’d have better luck with plants that need more sun: veggies. Adjustable Flower Pot Rail Rack — ~$17

This versatile rack expands to 24″L, accommodating a variety of flower pots. Brackets adjusts from 3 1/2″ to 6″W, fitting most any balcony or deck railing. Designed in green steel, it’s a handsome backdrop to any floral display. 14 1/2″L x 4″H x 10 1/2″D.

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