Ocean’s Forest
Fun Stuff

Ocean’s Forest

Today I had the quintessential first day of summer experience. I paddle boarded above kelp forests off the coast of Malibu. The blue ocean was unseasonably warm and the kelp swayed calmly below me. I was surprised to see perfectly camouflaged kelp crabs trolling the water’s edge and even an egret seemed to walk on … Continue reading

Spiders Underfoot
Flora & Fauna

Spiders Underfoot

Seen these holes in the redwood forest floor? These architectural wonders are brought to you by the California turret spider, a relative of the tarantula. Turret spiders are endemic to coastal California and build silk-lined burrows for shelter and to catch prey. They don’t wander far from their burrows and females can live to be … Continue reading