Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 2019 There are 87 cathedrals in France, all of them named Notre Dame meaning "First Lady" as in the Virgin Mary. All but one of those cathedrals include "du ______" in their name describing its location; e.g. Notre Dame du Rouen is the cathedral in Rouen, France. The Notre Dame in Paris is … Continue reading Notre Dame

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Kelp

I've heard of kelp.  I know it grows in the ocean, commonly called seaweed, and is often used in Asian cuisine.  That's about all I knew about kelp until I found this specimen on a rocky beach of San Juan Island. The bright yellow "blades" draped over the driftwood and rocks are 4-6" wide and … Continue reading Kelp

Wild Blue Wonder

One of the things I find most fascinating in nature is patterns. I don't expect to find patterns in nature; i.e. not patterns in the sense of sameness or duplicity.  Sure, pine trees all have the "same" shape, the "same" color, the "same'' needles, etc. but each one is unique.  Snow flakes have the same … Continue reading Wild Blue Wonder