Morning Reflections

Early morning and the cactus is once again blooming in Trolley Garden Way, which is in the process of slowly being cleaned up by individuals apparently working for or volunteering with (or doing community service for) the city.   Day by day I see improvement, trash being picked up, yard waste being moved into piles,…

Newport Blues

Since I’m teaching about marine mammals in Newport Beach now, I thought it’d be a good idea to go on a boat there and see what’s actually out there.  Davy’s Locker has a lot of boats going out, so I headed out on the 3:30 for a two hour trip.  They send boats out three…

Yesterday at the Aquarium…

One of the things I like to do when working at the gift shop at the aquarium is to spend my lunch time in the aquarium exhibit hall taking photos and finding one new thing to learn about.  The walls of  the aquarium are floor to ceiling with information, rather like walking through a 3-D…

Volunteering at CMA

Last night was the CMA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  It was so wonderful to be there with all of my fellow volunteers.  When I came into this last fall, I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay in the area, and still, Petaluma is on my mind.  But if I DO end up leaving for anywhere else,…

Whale Watch: June 4, 2014

Today I was out on The Indian out of Redondo Beach, not as a naturalist, but as a paying customer, with one of my daughters’ best friend and her sister.  It’s not exactly a great time of year to see whales.  The grays have finished their migration, and although we’ve seen some blues, fins and…

Yesterday at the CMA: Mantis Shrimp

Yesterday I started a part time gig at the gift shop at CMA.  On break, I went into the aquarium with my little point and shoot.  I’ve taken thousands of photographs at the CMA and didn’t expect anything terribly new, but when I approached the mantis shrimp tank I saw our mantis shrimp with his…