WPC: Depth — King Tides and flooded paths at Elkhorn Slough

Last Wednesday, we had super high tides in our area.  These high tides are also called “king tides”, and can damage property as well as cause erosion in coastal areas. I went to Elkhorn Slough the day of the high … Continue reading

The Iceplant Invasion: Post for the Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ #9

Iceplants (Carpobrotus edulis) are also called “sea fig” or “hottentot fig” and the second plant I’m learning about, and featuring for the Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge #9. The focus for challenge #9 is biodiversity and invasive plant species…and what Jane, the … Continue reading

WPC: Paddles and Spirit Afloat

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Afloat” — a theme that can be interpreted in a myriad of ways (as is usually the case for these challenges, and what makes it so fun to participate). An obvious choice … Continue reading

Unless…Earth-Friendly Friday – Pulse of the Salinas River (and about California’s severe drought)

This post continues on the WordPress weekly Earth-Friendly challenge with the theme of water.  For the first week we learned about our watersheds.  In Monterey County and the Central Coast, our watershed is the Salinas River Watershed. The second water … Continue reading

Remaining light and the dreamy theme for this week’s WordPress photo challenge

Sometimes, the time of day instantly makes a dreamy atmosphere… Here is my photo submission for this week’s photo challenge theme, Dreamy, taken with my phone camera near the Moss Landing Marine Lab building (the building with the lights). The sun … Continue reading

A raft of sea otters

“Is this natural?” asked the tourist from Israel as he stood next to me and my grandsons, amazed at what he was seeing. “I mean, are they wild–is this their natural habitat or some preserve?” he added.  I replied “Yes, … Continue reading

And I thought we had algae problems…

Have you heard about the largest algal bloom in the world?  It is in China’s Yellow Sea…and has turned sections of the Yellow Sea green. The Yellow Sea is located between the Korean Peninsula and mainland China.  This year, the … Continue reading

Moss Landing Marine Marine Laboratories (MLML) Open House Photos

This year, I finally made it to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) Open House, held April 20 – 21st, 2013. From the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories About Us page:  (link to website here): History – Since establishment in 1966, Moss … Continue reading

Farewell to Melanie Mayer-Gideon

I was saddened to learn of Melanie Mayer-Gideon’s passing. She was only 52 years old. Melanie, along with her husband Yohn owned the Captain’s Inn Bed and Breakfast in Moss Landing.  We met after her comment on my blog post … Continue reading

Whalefest at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

The Whalefest at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey — Whale Watching Capital of the World — continues today, starting with a 10:00AM Beach Clean Up with The Wahine Project. Today, the Museum of Monterey (MoM) theater is the venue for … Continue reading

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth (gardens and grandsons)

This theme for last week’s photo challenge and blogging experiment at the Daily Post is GROWTH.   And nothing can convey growth to a grandmother, like me, as much as seeing how quickly my grandsons grow. As most grandparents will tell … Continue reading

Monterey Bay Birding Festival – September 13th to 16th

From the Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s latest newsletter, Slough Buzz… The eighth annual Monterey Birding Festival is fast approaching! This year the festival will be held September 13-16th at the Watsonville Civic Plaza. September marks the peak of fall migration, with … Continue reading

This time, without the algal mats

This is how the area near the Moss Landing Harbor looks like now… This is how it looked a few months ago, when there was an overabundance of algae.  Click here or on the picture below to find out what … Continue reading

Tsunami’s Behavior: Waves grew in Monterey Bay due to bathtub effect

I started this blog in March of 2011, right around the time of the earthquakes and tsunami in Northern Japan, and posted the photo below of how a tsunami — originating 5,000 miles away — affected our own local harbors. … Continue reading

Algae Abundance

We were driving back from Phil’s Fish Market several weeks ago when I noticed the water in this area — by the Moss Landing Harbor — practically covered in algae. The color was a beautiful bright green, but instinctively you … Continue reading

Back to 1st Grade

Tomorrow I am volunteering time in my grandson Jun-Jun’s first grade class.  This is not because I am spilling over with free time right now — in fact it is quite the opposite.  Like most, I have tons of things … Continue reading