Christmas at the beach-a California tradition.
Big storms sweep in from the west and huge tides bring in piles of tangled kelp and other beach debris.
The impossibly tangled piles buzz with Kelp Flies.
The Kelp’s gas bladders keep the long stem or stipes, floating upright in the water.
Northern California beaches are not known for shells but there are dense mussel beds and those shells are easy to find. This sketch includes a scrap of Abalone shell, fish spine bones and crab claws.
I love collecting this sort of beach debris for my Beach Portraits.
And then there are the Harbor Seals, who haul themselves up to nap on the sunny rocks.
And sometimes there are the husbands, who nap anywhere they like.