Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Only for people with no creativity.
To me, it's an portable touch tank. Perfect for this week's marine biology open house, where my students shared their knowledge with students, faculty, and your odd kid.
|Nine bucks at Target.com.|
|Works like a charm.|
|A tank full of gastropods, including my favorite, moon snails. I made everyone pet them.|
|We had nice crowd of people.|
|Who didn't mind touching crabs.|
|Touch it! Touch it! (She did!)|
|But do not touch this. We only have a few and they're hard to collect.|
|We had some cool stuff to look at under microscopes. Professor Johnson and my colleague Beth Richards were checking out a tunicate heart.|
|Now hear this -- the ocean is cool.|
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
|Nubble Light, on a winter's afternoon.|
Now, I'm going to admit there was a little bit of shopping involved with the day after Thanksgiving. I mean, when in York, why not stop at Stonewall Kitchen to enjoy their lovely shop. There might have been a large amount of samples to try as well! Everyone over the age of 25 is getting consumables for Christmas this year and SK's are some of the best (and local to boot). But the shopping was quickly out of the way, and we were on to stop number one: the Ship Cellar Pub in York.
|Looks snug, huh?|
|I'm dying to visit at night and sit by the fire for a few hours.|
|People who let me drag them all over the place.|
|I reward them with food.|
|It was a really great roll!|
Once we'd eaten our fill, we stopped by York Harbor Beach for a quick stroll. The tide was very high, and Mom almost got her feet rather wet when a large wave roared up the beach. For a mature lady, it turns out she can move pretty fast, and disaster was averted. I love this beach, tucked between the Stageneck Inn and the mansions of York. There are always interesting things to find in the flotsam and jetsam washing up on the beach. Kelp. Sponges. Horse mussels. It was all there. And a bonus -- as we made our way back to the car, the sun came out. Ah.
|Now, to burn off some of those calories.|
|You can see I come by it honestly.|
|This is what Mom found -- a horse mussel encased by a kelp holdfast. A common sight on beaches.|
|She looks like she doesn't believe what I am telling her.|
|But I didn't lie -- it's horsetail kelp!|
|And sea colander.|
|Oooo! A sponge. Cool.|
|Once the sun broke through, everything got cheery.|
An Ocean Lover can't go to York without a stop at Nubble Light. This is maybe the prettiest light in Maine -- and that's saying a lot. We weren't the only ones with that idea. The parking lot was full of post-holiday revelers, all busily snapping photos of the light with whatever device was at hand. With the sun shining on the lighthouse, and such good company around me, I really enjoyed this stop.
|This guy had a lot of friends.|
|Gracious, doesn't that look festive?|