M. Sid Kelly is a fish biologist who writes plans to make sure big infrastructure projects don't hurt fish. He's good at it sometimes, but not so good at other times. No fish died in the writing of Used Aliens. Plus Used Aliens hasn't been sued yet.
The first green flash I saw was during a flight in a friend's Cessna somewhere around Cape Mendocino about 15 years ago. It was bigger and brighter than any I've seen or managed to photograph since. However, once I became familiar with what conditions create the phenomenon, I've been able to spot a couple dozen or so in Humboldt. And once I figured out how to get a picture of one, I've managed to get these shots.
This first one was from Mad River Beach. The sun had been "pancaking&quo
Here's a recap of some interesting stuff we found on the beaches of Humboldt County, California during the late spring and summer of 2015.
Today and yesterday, August 29 & 30, these unusual Heteropod pelagic sea snails (probably species (Carinaria japonica) were washing up. Unfortunately, I was unable to find one with its small shell still intact. This is only second time I've seen them in Humboldt. They are also known as "sea elephants" if one wants them to be more ch
I'm not sure whether to call 2014 the Year of the Jellies or Year of the Squid. So I'm calling it Year of the Jellies and Squid. Year of the Dead Female Dungeness Crabs might be appropriate too. But really, it should be Year of Mole Crabs...
Anyway, I've now been walking this same reach of beach in Humboldt County, California several times/week for 14 consecutive years and periodic years going back to 1983, and this summer was loaded with things I had not seen before.
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I've been trying to think of a use for my blog that would get me to update more often. Since my main form of recreation and exercise is beach walking, I'm always finding interesting things washed up. I can usually identify the stuff, which is currently the main use of I have for my degree in marine biology. So I'm going to try to do this weekly.
So here are the first week's top not-too-nasty goodies from Humboldt, California beaches:
I hadn't seen by-the-wind sailors (Velella v
OK - I'm revamping this blog. I'm getting a little bored of talking about my adventure in self publishing, and I don't have much to say that a zillion other indie authors haven't already said. But before I turn this blog into a bunch of nature pictures and stuff, let me summarize the key thing I think I learned about self publishing.
Write the best book you can and then polish it until it gets accepted for a BookBub promo.