It's really quite beautiful, isn't it? Here's a closer look:And then here it is with my kayak paddle and sunglasses for scale. I did a little bit of research and found out that it's called a Cyanea capillata. Its common name is the Lion's Mane jellyfish, and it has a bit of a reputation for stinging -- nothing fatal, just nasty soreness. They grow much bigger in more northerly waters and don't do well much further south than Washington, possibly Oregon. Just as well I resisted my impulse to help this guy back into the water 'cause apparently late summer brings them to the end of their one-year life cycle and they regularly finish up on the beach. I'd just passed one of his buddies still swimming in our little bay. Makes me feel less like going in there, I have to say!
And now can you see why the Louboutin heels might not be too practical around here -- although maybe they'd scare the stingers away!
Thanks, by the way, to all who participated in my poll on environmental action. Looks as if we're all trying to do what we can --four readers have given up their cars completely, and as many of us are trying to drive less. Folks are trying to cut down on household waste, and I'm surprised how many (60%) are trying to eat more locally grown food while 10% are trying to stick to the 100-mile diet. Small steps, people, small steps -- good for you!
You know how much I understand that so many of you don't leave comments, having been a longtime lurker myself. But you also know how much I crave those comments and appreciate them when I get them -- so great to get feedback. So I was really tickled yesterday when Un Femme d'Un Certain Age not only dropped by here after I'd commented on her site, but commented on not one, but two posts, AND added me to her blogroll! If, like me, you're also a "certain age" but don't yet consider yourself beyond fashion (despite what many retailers seem to think), check her out -- her site's pretty lively!
A big Happy Anniversary to Bronwen and Adam--may you continue to fly through life together for many years!