Jennifer Steen Booher

Hulls Cove, Maine; November 25, 2014 (Beachcombing series No.86)


In this photo: Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis), stone encrusted with Coralline, Northern Rock Barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides), Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum), sea brick, Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus), beach stone, lobster claw band, polyprolylene rope (probably from a lobster trap), nursery plant tag, Periwinkles (either Littorina littorea or L.saxatilis), maple seed (Acer sp.), lobster claw (Homarus americanus), Smooth Periwinkle (Littorina obtusata), corn kernel, Paper Birch bark (Betula papyrifera), pink granite, sea glass, acorn (Quercus sp.), Knotted Wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum), Green Crab (Carcinus maenas), styrofoam, Dogwinkle or Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus), coal, driftwood.

At 7:30am on November 25 it was relatively warm at 59ºF, but there was a chill wind in the shade. The sun was still working its way up over the hills when I arrived, and then clouds blew in and it stayed grey all day. There had been a storm the day before, and I had driven by that afternoon to watch the surge. When I see the waves pounding the shore like that I realize what a miracle it is that I ever find a single unbroken shell! There was more kelp than usual, along with some big quahogs and coralline-crusted stones. There’s one at the bottom of the 3rd column from the left. I was struck by how similar the coralline looks to the styrofoam piece in the upper right. When they are half-buried in mud it’s really hard to tell them apart!






A beaver-chewed log.








5 thoughts on “Hulls Cove, Maine; November 25, 2014 (Beachcombing series No.86)

  1. Diana

    I would have so much fun exploring with you! I like finding nature bits and identifying them, too, and even though I’m a mountain girl, I do know a lot of the names of your ocean discoveries. My favorite quote is: “The greatest of all sources of pleasure is discovery” ~ Howard Signal Evans We got snow last night, but for weeks prior, record-breaking warm temps melted almost all our snow and I’d been exploring the woods. Various mosses are in flower and are soft and velvety and tiny wild strawberry leaves have emerged. 🙂

    1. Jenn Post author

      It would be fantastic – maybe someday we can make that happen! I so enjoy seeing your sketchbooks. It sounds like we’ve got opposite weather systems. Here we have record amounts of snow and low temps. Some of the harbors have frozen over for the first time in 30 years.

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