Tiny Tuna Crabs, 4 inches long, wash ashore at La Jolla Cove in summer when the water grows especially warm. It’s a little unnerving to swim surrounded by thousands of the little red guys. But they are beautiful and funny as they whoosh backwards out of reach of my swimming arms.
#1000HandsDigIn! at KidSpace Museum, Pasadena May 7, 2016
I’ve been trying to post pictures of kids’ hands discovering in nature over the last two months. Last week I visited KidSpace Pasadena to share my new book Dig In! and my new twitter campaign #1000HandsDigIn and loved their new Arroyo exhibit. An arroyo, in case you don’t know, is a dry creek bed. A beautiful arroyo runs through Pasadena, and this exhibit is about the ecosystem of the arroyo. It meets all of children’s needs to experience nature with all of their senses. Here are photos of spaces where children can play in wet sand, mud and clay, make adobe bricks, weave with flowers, climb an eagle’s aerie and wear an eagle costume, go under a waterfall and splash in the water, build a sand-moving machine with dry sand and build a fort with sticks, hide in a nest of sticks and read a book, play music on nature’s own instruments. It was truly an amazing, inspiring and beautiful place for children to blossom and connect with nature.
Pollinators Wanted — Apply Within! May 1, 2016
Finally, someone is pollinating my garden. I was a little freaked out when my sunflowers seemed to go for weeks without bees visiting. But today, the California poppies are full of bees, and this yellow-faced bumblebee paid a visit to my tomatoes. My photos aren’t great — he was a moving target — but here is one from the Las Pilitas website — that wonderful garden treasure trove!
Grunion Run! April 25, 2016
Grunion Leuresthes tenuis are now “running” on the Pacific shoreline, from Baja to Los Angeles. One of southern California’s natural treasures, grunion are unique in nature as fish that come completely out of the water to spawn in the middle of the nights after a full moon, from March to August. It’s neat to see, and scientists know precisely when they will come to shore to lay their eggs. But they just don’t know where. What shore will the grunions pick? I have made midnight runs countless times, and picked the wrong beach. But last night I got lucky! Here are some photos of what I saw at midnight under just passed full moon.
Spring is here and Rain at Last! March 12, 2016
Early, cool spring is my favorite time of year.
Last year, we got only a couple of inches of rain all year. This year, while El Nino has definitely not lived up to its promise in southern California, at least we are getting a real spring. The air is clean and cool, our apricot tree has blossomed already and is producing tiny fruit, the Indian Hawthorne bush is ready to explode with blossoms, weeds are finding a way, and the chickens are delighted with the growing garden.
My daughter’s amazing Maker teacher at High Tech Middle Media Arts led 100 7th graders through the process of designing lamps using Rhino software, prototyping and executing designs of lamps made form paper-backed wood laminate. Then they created ads and opened a shopping site on Etsy to sell their lamps. Entrepreneurs in the Making! So proud of the results for all the children. Here’s the link to the Etsy site.https://www.etsy.com/shop/htmmaMAKERS