Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cheap trick

A blog is a place where, having nothing to say, you come to say it.  ~ Roxanne

We saw four Limulus pairs on our beach day, within a mile stretch.  They all had the same northward-pointing gaze, and they were all within the very small tidal zone.  There is a research organization who wants to know these things, so we reported what we peeped observed.  

This shoreline looks like the ocean has made huge, and fairly recent, inroads on the land.  Like the remains of the maritime forest are now littering the beach.  The quick dropoff (not great for wading) is odd and eerie;  I'm used to beaches that tumble you gradually and gently toward the continental shelf edge like a cat working your grandmother's ceramic knick-knack.
One of these things is not like the other.


I am not leering.  Seriously,  I'm not.

Annie was not just peeing.  Seriously, she wasn't.  

A tree

The same tree, later that afternoon
Photo for Bhikkhu John, who appreciates multi-tools (we rehabilitated this one).

I have a doctor's appointment today.  I had an aesthetician appointment yesterday (a friend treated me to a service I shall not mention because I don't want to end up on Google again).  All is well, and my FACE looks gorgeous.

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Bob said...

That beach doesn't look like there's much life left in it. Kinda sad.

Carolyn said...

Your next money making scheme could be harvesting Limulus blood

Carolyn said...

Any interesting stories you'd like to share about cats and ceramic knick knacks?

Teresa Evangeline said...

Wow. what a magical tree you happened upon. Time and space and all that stuff..just goes to show you it's all hooey. :)

Love the Roxanne quote. I'm thinking bumper stickers and T-shirts....

Steve said...

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with calling you the "Tool Whisperer", I'm just saying.

Wanderoke said...

I'm still looking for Robin Zander in one of the photos...or Bun E. Carlos.....or Rick Neilson.... or the other guy that nobody knows the name of!


Carolyn said...

Hahaa... I love magical trees. AND I did a google on Limulus ... never heard of these guys. Are they fast?

I mean if you're posed for peeing on the beach ... seems one might wander up and see what's happening. Never much liked peeing in the wilds -- too afraid of some kind of meandering curious pinchers...

Jim and Sandie said...

Not enough beach left to play on hardly. I, too, have to look up those limulus things to find out what they are. I'm from land locked MT so lots of strange things out there on that beach.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

I had to google, "Limulus" Learn something new, every day. when i was a kid, growing up on the Cape (there's only one, that would be Cape Cod) there was a bounty on the tails of those things.

Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

¡Vizcacha! said...

Bob, it is different from any beach I've seen before, but it seemed pretty lively. I guess I'm not used to seeing a lot of seafood up and dancing around. The tree and dune situation is odd, but we were told that sea turtles do nest in the dunes, too.

Carolyn, no real-life stories yet. I'm not sure I could do crab phlebotomy, although it could be profitable. At least human blood-draws don't rack up a 15% mortality rate, but I suppose they could if I drew too much.

Teresa: Zazzle! Along with this truth that I just now thought up: Time and space and stuff is all hooey.

HAHAHA Steve! Tool Whisperer! That's hilarious, and no, I'm not comfortable with it, either. Still ...

Ish, I see what you did there! Thanks for following. I've been peeking under your blog - you ask some good questions.

Carolyn, now that you mention it, I've never seen one moving out, at least in the wild. They've always been dead or otherwise-engaged.

And, Annie wasn't peeing! Really!

Jim and Sandie, it was a smallish beach, for sure. Lots of crab holes and interesting things to look at that you don't see in more populous shore areas.

Cyndi, what in the world did anyone want with tails? Was the point to kill them? Were they considered a nuisance species? I think they're endangered now, which also impacts migrating bird populations (who eat the eggs).

TexCyn said...

I like those horseshoe crabs - they are just too cool looking!
also, don't eat yellow sand....

Sherry said...

Great picture of you two. Love the magical tree. What did you put on it to make it bloom like that?? And don't tell me Annie did it.

Carolyn said...

If they drew human blood by dragging you out of your home, tossing you in a boat with 50 other humans, scrubbing you down, spraying you with disinfectant and then shoving a big straw in your abdomen to drain 1/3 of your blood... a higher % of humans might die.

But Limulus blood $15,000 per quart! You're a lab tech. You could do it.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Cyn, I agree. And, Mmphh?

Sherry, she didn't pee on it, honest!

Carolyn, ACK! That's barbaric! I can't believe 85% of them live! Of course, I do eat some sea creatures ... okay, moral line is already crossed. I may as well harvest for $15,000/quart.

Linda Starr said...

I found a large empty shell on Fernandina beach and brought it home and still have it. But now that I have it, not sure what I'll do with it. Sad how they drain their blood, but I guess it's for a good cause. If only I had a quart I'd be rich.

Which beach are you on ? Looks splendid, now that cooler weather is here we may head out on a trip or two.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Linda, that was Bald Point State Park. Annie just told me last night that horseshoe crabs molt, which made me feel better about the empty shell we found.

Soaring Sun said...

Wow, I never saw a magic tree like that.

Once when my kid was little, he wanted bagels and we were out. So we planted Cheerios and voila! The next morning there was a stick in the yard with bagels hanging from it!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sue, that is seriously adorable. Was he convinced? Long-term it probably doesn't matter whether he believed you or not. It was just cool that you did it.

You did do it, right?

Levonne said...

What an environment to get to spend time exploring!

The Good Luck Duck said...

I agree, Levonne. I really did love it there.