Monday, December 27, 2010

FinderMaker West Coast Edition, Volume One!

Happy end of the year tidings! I still have one more "Mining New Mexico" post in the works, but thought I might just do a brief post to let folks know that FinderMaker & Co. are now relocated to the West Coast and very much looking forward to a prosperous and fulfilling new year in the San Francisco Bay area! It has been a rather trying voyage, and it actually isn't quite over yet; on Wednesday I'll be traveling back to New Mexico to rent a truck and load up all of our stuff that is in storage in Santa Fe and drive it all out here.

I was recently looking at some photographs I took during some of my beach walks in Bristol, Rhode Island and started to feel nostalgic, wondering if my beachcombing days were mostly behind me. What a silly thing of me to fret over! A vigorous beach ramble may be enjoyed at a moments notice here!

Yesterday, feeling a little over-nourished from holiday treats, we set out in search of some activity that might get our blood pumping and, within an hour, found ourselves on a remote portion of Point Reyes National Seashore scrambling and sliding down muddy cliffs to the rocky beach below.

I immediately spotted a huge abalone shell awash in the surf and brought it ashore. There were lovely, smooth pieces of broken abalone shell all over, and although my back and bulging pockets eventually protested, one could hardly help but bend over to pick up those enchanting rainbow-hued sherds!

The day was misty and drizzly; plenty of water to keep this waterfall rushing!

The recent rough weather had washed all sorts of goodies ashore! I didn't find a whale vertebra (yet!) but I did find a couple of the biggest sea urchins I've ever come across...

I was also delighted to come across a little piece of "beach turquoise"... a Chiton shell.

Who would think this drab, armored mollusk would have such a colorful interior?

Thanks for joining me on the first of many future West Coast beach rambles! I hope you all enjoy a terrific New Year!!!


WhistlinGypsy said...

You've made me homesick for California! Jade also washes up on the beach regularly- check it for translucence and with a penny (scratch test). I love your blog : )

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

I spent some time this morning catching up on your blog (seriously, where have I been?) and as always a total delight. That Chiton shell is amazing, the turquoise...oh drool-worthy. You're making me itchy to go on an adventure.

Here's wishing you the best for 2011.

pam said...

I was so saddened and disappointed that your plans to relocate to Santa Fe did not work out for you. But I am happy to see that the events of the past few months have not dampened your enthusiasm for life and your love for all the magic it holds.

I wish you only the best in 2011.

Paul Baxendale said...

Thanks for the kind words, gang! I'm excited to unpack now, and get started on some new projects-- I've been living out of a suitcase since September! Pam, I'm saddened and disappointed that Santa Fe didn't work out as well; New Mexico really felt like "home" to me-- I haven't felt that about many other places I've lived. Luckily I have family there to keep me going back for visits; I've resolved to go back more frequently now! Best wishes for a prosperous 2011 to you all!!!


Psydrache said...

Wow, those abalone pieces and that giant urchin are amazing! I wish I would find such a big one in my life, too.
Oh, and by e way, thank you for your mushroom shelf entry - my wall is filled with those mushrooms xD

Paul Baxendale said...

Tag, Psy, und vielen dank for your kind words! Im so glad you were able to use the mushroom shelf tutorial to make yourself some mushroom shelves! I just took a brief look at your blog and find it sehr interessant... I'm going to explore a bit more! I havent posted anything on FinderMaker for quite some time, but do have some recent projects (and older ones as well) up on this new blog of mine: