WordCraft.NatureFocus

Dungeness crabs

During the summer of 2013 I got to know Dungeness crabs very well. (Also see my 2013 post.) For three months, small crabs (about an inch or two across) and crab molts (old shells discarded so the crab can… Read More

Breakwater birds

Protecting the north side of Monterey Harbor is the U.S. Coast Guard breakwater and wharf. It doesn’t look like much of a birding spot from the parking lot, but if you look over the railing at low tide, there’s… Read More

Big Blue Live in town

BIG BLUE LIVE, a production of PBS and BBC, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others, has been in town this past week exploring and filming our beloved Monterey Bay. The focus is on the fine shape the bay… Read More

Great Pacific Race 2014: Update 2018

Update June 2018: For news about the 2018 race (happening now) and to track the five boats & teams, visit the Great Pacific Race. In 7 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes, 59 seconds (as of this writing) — that… Read More

Elephant seal portraits 2: Females and pups

Winter brings elephant seals to the California coast — massive bellicose males and weary pregnant-plump females that deliver baggy newborns. Their annual ritual along remote beaches and among sand dunes starting in December includes battling, birthing, mating and,… Read More