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Adventures at Botanical Beach and Juan De Fuca Provincial Park with the 2015 Cohort of MEEAC was extraordinary. It was rewarding being able to step outside of academic dialogue for a day and experience a very special place that reminded me of how connecting hands-on with our natural environment is irreplaceable. The feeling you get when holding a sea urchin for the first time, or seeing a knotted tree the size of a sky scraper are experiences that will last in my memory for a lifetime! Thank you to Rick, Elin, and Mitch for showing us a place that you hold close to your hearts – I will definitely need to go back for a visit ( and perhaps never leave!).

Sun flower..♡

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“These are the days that must happen to you“

Yesterday was an unforgettable day of exploring the edge at Botanical Beach Park with our MAEEC 2015 Cohort. The day (and the program as a whole) is a reminder that learning can be happen in so many different formats–it can be fun, wild, rejuvenating and exuberant!

For me the experience was a reminder of the power and beauty of the ocean. While we’ve been talking about the resiliency of the ocean, nothing compares to understanding it through submerging your hand into the rushing tide, feeling the soft sea grasses clinging to ancient rock under the surface. One word comes to mind…LIFE!

To go there with a group of people full of knowledge to share and hungry to learn more was fabulous.

From “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman:

Listen! I will be honest with you.
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes.
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is called riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve.
However sweet the laid-up stores,
However convenient the dwellings,
You shall not remain there.
However sheltered the port,
And however calm the waters,
You shall not anchor there.
However welcome the hospitality that welcomes you
You are permitted to receive it but a little while.

Afoot and lighthearted, take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before you,
The long brown path before you, leading wherever
you choose.
Say only to one another:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

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Plant life up close

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Flower macros give us a view we rarely get to see, which is the inner workings.

Title: Pear blossom flower bud
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

What looks like spray paint on this green plant is actually the natural coating it has. It’s amazing how many patterns nature can come up with.

Title: Plant on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Red is such a vibrant color that it can immediately catch the eye. Did it work for you?

Title: Abstract rose petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love this Lampranthus flower with it’s unique colors like sun fire yellow and light purple, which both compliment each other.

Title: Lampranthus in bloom
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8
Coralline Algae: The Unsung Architects of Coral Reefs
Stare at a tide pool and you will often see a crust of pink coating the bottom. No, this is not bubblegum from some careless teenager’s shoe: it’s a stony kind of seaweed that, like other seaweeds, harnesses energy from the sun through photosynthesis. It may not look like the kelps and other leafy seaweeds that we usually think of—but seaweeds, which are a type of algae, come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures.

Enjoyed learning about this algae on Saturday at Botanical Beach - West Coast Southern Vancouver Island.

Yesterday was spent tromping along Botanical Beach and Avatar Grover and I can say with absolute certainty that anyone who visits these natural places will be awestruck by their beauty.  For me it wasn’t the beauty of the place that made the day so special, it was the wonderful, creative and inspiring people I shared these two beautiful natural spaces with.  To all of you, and you know who you are, thank you.