• Summer Time Is Beach time

    By / July 18, 2010

    Even though the summer sun can be quite hot here in Boca, in one respect we don’t have it nearly so bad as people who live farther north. Our maximum temperature is usually quite a bit cooler than the maximum in places like Washington, D.C. or New York. We may get warm sooner, and stay… Read more

  • Marine invertebrates, part two

    By / April 27, 2010

    Jellyfish and hydrozoans are only one type of animal that gets washed up on the beach during our easterlies. During our explorations last weekend Marcella ran across a colony of goose barnacles that had washed up as well: They’re attached to an orange substrate that reminds me of a sponge, but I know next to… Read more

  • Marine invertebrates, part one

    By / April 13, 2010

    Springtime in south Florida generally means onshore breezes around the clock on the Atlantic coast. These steady breezes tend to push ashore large numbers of Physalia physalis, known as the Portuguese man o’ war, as was the case last weekend at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton: According to my Witherington guide (Florida’s Living Beaches),… Read more

  • Florida word of the day: psammophyte

    By / February 26, 2010

    Psammophyte. This seems to be a fancy way of saying seaweed. Since this word is too hifalutin’ for the American Heritage or even Merriam-Webster teams to take on, here’s a definition of the term from Dawes and Mathieson (Seaweeds of Florida, U of Florida P 2008): A plant that grows in unconsolidated sediments or on… Read more

  • Boca Beaches

    By / July 21, 2009

    One of the things that I admire about Boca is that, despite its many faults, it does have some semblance of a commitment to environmental practices. For instance, it isn’t supposed to groom the beach above high tide during turtle nesting season. So the beach gets a little ugly, but it keeps those gigantic machines… Read more

  • Is there a woodpecker in the house?

    By / July 2, 2009

    Went to the beach last weekend, and got a few cute pictures: When I get some more time, I’ll post more beach stuff… Related Images:

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