People think Connecticut’s beaches are ‘dirty’ because they are brown, when in fact they are just young compared to the unglaciated coast south of New York City. Our present coastline is only about 5,000 years old, and the sand is still full of granites and a surprising number of semi-precious stones, as well as the usual quartz. On older southern beaches the other minerals have eroded away over tens of thousands of years, leaving only the hardest white quartz of ‘sugar sand.’
An old gouache (opaque watercolor) painting of a humpback whale and calf, from 1985. There’s no nostalgia for me here: I infinitely prefer painting in Photoshop these days.
A slow-cooked beef chili with the accent on tomatoes, and finished with fresh vegetables. Serve it with kidney beans and rice if you must, but I prefer a bed of green beans, fresh baby corn, asparagus or other veggies. This recipe just fits a 4 quart slow cooker.
Discarded monofilament line and other fishing gear can be incredibly persistent and deadly in the environment. Experts estimate that modern monofilament line will take as much as 600 years to fully degrade in marine conditions. That’s 600 years of deadly entanglements and thousands of dead or maimed animals.
This Great Black-backed Gull’s foot is entangled in yards of discarded monofilament fishing line. I watched this bird for over a year off-and-on during visits to West Haven Connecticut’s Sandy Point. It survived, but eventually lost the entangled foot and much of its lower leg.