We were driving back to Tillicum Campground from Rock Creek Campground around noon yesterday.
Even though we were hungry for lunch, it was low tide.
Bob Creek was too enticing to pass up.
I like it when I notice something so tiny that I almost missed it. It makes me realize I need to slow down to really enjoy all of God’s creations.
My “content advisor” pointed this out to me. I was too short to get the pic so he took it. What a beautiful homemaker that spider is!
The beach must be alive at night! Look at all these tiny footprints. They just look like dots but they are in a pattern. I’m thinking tiny crabs made them? Makes me want to go out after dark to see what goes on out there!
Don’t you wish they could implant the gene that regrows body parts? This sea star is just starting to regrow his arm.
I was walking on the beach this morning and met a young mother with her 4-year-old daughter. They were looking for sand dollars but only found fragments. So I started looking for things she could show her daughter. I found a starfish and called their attention to it. The one I showed them had all 5 arms. The child asked her mom “Where is the head?” The mom explained it really doesn’t have a head, that those are all arms. After a while the daughter asked “But which one is the head?” Mom, remembering the Sponge Bob Square Pants cartoon, relented and pointed and said, “that one”. hahaha You not only have to pick your battles, you have to pick your teaching moments.
Overnight temps are mid to upper 50’s and daytime temps are mid to upper 70’s. Lovin’ the sunshine on the Oregon Coast!
A sneaker-wave finally got me! It must have read my post about them and needed revenge. 🙂 Oh well! That’s not going to cut my exploration short today!
I saw a sea star; first one on this beach in months. So I wanted a picture of it. I had my back to the ocean with my eye on the view-finder. I heard it coming but didn’t think it was coming that close. I checked out of the corner of my right eye when it hit me from my left! Then I couldn’t find my sea star! I waited for the wave to clear and tracked it down.
Our tide was -2.3 this morning. Usually the sand tide pools don’t have much interesting to see in them.
But I didn’t see any rocks out and it was kinda rainy so I decided to stick fairly close to the campground and walk straight out to the water.
From a distance, you can’t tell which pools will have something fun to see.
I was surprised how many had sea stars and other things. I think that is a sponge with crab parts on it. None of the others had crab parts on them. I wonder if they can do that on purpose, like the anemones?
I’m not sure what kind of crab this is. It’s not on my handy-dandy picture guide that our Cape Perpetua Campground Host put together. But it looks, to me (a novice), like it could be a baby Dungeness crab.
A seagull landed not too far from me and was chewing on something. So I shooed him away and saw he was eating on a sunflower star! This is the first one I’ve seen “in the wild”! The white thing with tentacle-like feet is the broken leg floating upside down across his body. I watched him crawl across to the other side of the pool. I wasn’t sure if he was going to crawl out. He didn’t. What was interesting to me was that the tips of his legs felt the edge of the water as he got close to it. The tips curled up as if the water’s surface was solid.
I saw where another bird had dug out a small, live, sand dollar. I say “live” because he wasn’t all bleached out and I could see the fine, hair-like, feet on the bottom.
But he didn’t crawl away when I put him down.
All God’s creations are amazing!
Our family has heavy hearts today because my sister-in-law lost her brother to a car accident. He was in his early twenties. He hadn’t really even started his life. It is so hard to comprehend when someone is so full of life one day and gone the next. I am so grateful to know that this life has purpose and that this is not the end. May all of Andrew’s family feel the Savior’s love as he begins his new journey on the other side. Although, all who knew him will miss him deeply, I know he is in good hands.