Weekly Photo Challenge : Dense (Mussels and Barnacles)


Mussels and Barnacles share an interesting relationship of mutualism and competition (well from the little that I have read). Barnacles are better at starting new colonies, but they thrive better with the mussels around. However, once mussels are recruited, the density of the colony is dictated by and can be dominated by the mussels.  The barnacles can however also recruit mussel predators to keep the mussels in check. Love-hate relationships, that help both parties thrive. Nature is amazing! 

IMG_1189Mussels are dominating here. Time to recruit some mussel predators! 


Way to go team barnacles 😀  

California mussels and gooseneck barnacles on a rock, EL Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA

In response to the weekly photo challenge: dense

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose


Kitchen mat and basket made from grocery (plastic) bags and a crochet hook. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, the three R’s that help protect the environment. Did you know recycle is the easiest step and the hardest one is Reduce. This is a display from the Boston Science Museum.

img_7648 We have been good with reusing and recycling, this year we are aiming towards reducing. So while I am planning to make more things with that big pile of plastic bags that we already have, we are trying real hard not to add to it. “Plastic bag free by the end of this year” (almost if not completely) – thats the plan. 

If you are interested in making yarn out of plastic bags to crochet useful things out of them, here is the link : yarn from plastic bags

In response to the weekly photo challenge – repurpose

A little winter magic: snowflake



Lands like a graceful swan,  shines like magical stardust, melts away like a forgotten dream. 

I finally figured out how to click  pictures of snowflakes –  with some borrowed equipment (extension tubes),  a  50mm lens (the nifty fifty), a tripod, a woolen glove, some patience and a ton of luck.

Well the equipment had to be returned, and also there is no flaky snow on the patio to click pictures of any more,  but winter is not over yet, and I am not giving up, next time, I hope I can get a better, more interesting shot.