Saturday, January 12, 2013

Worm Tube Exoskeletons and a Mexican Vacay


                         
A family getaway and a road trip to the Sea of Cortez yielded some exciting goodies.
It took me quite a bit of google magic to find out what these things are.
Marine worm tube exoskeletons! Nicely bleached and so inviting with the requisite hole from end to end for beading and designing.

Maybe great for the year of the snake don't you think?
If you order from me in the next few weeks I'll include a couple in your order if you wish.

An experimental piece for the year of the snake

I just got some vladthebatsattic goodness in a trade which I think  nicely paired up with a rustic horseshoe component from the desert museum on our other trip to New Mexico.

Our view of  the island of Alcatraz at Bahia Kino on the Sea of Cortez

So nice to be able to spend some good times with my son.

The sons came up with some good beach pyrotechnics by burning steel wool attached to a metal cable



Some great sunset lighting to illuminate the plethora of shells on the beach.

El Cactuse

The guys were coerced into buying some fresh fish on the beach even though our kitchen was limited.
We happened to have some nice big shells handy!



They went mad for collecting shells...what an amazing beach for shelling.
I kept my collection to a minimum since it tends to get out of hand.

They artfully arranged their haul on the patio

We went for a drive and spotted this interesting altar


On our way there we stopped at Rancho Penasco  at Magdalena de Kino
 that I mentioned in this blog post.
Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile may or may not have noticed that I'm not a huge animal or pet person but every once in awhile there's an animal that tugs at my heart strings.
I noticed this little baby goat at the ranch amongst all of the others that was standing alone in the most peculiar pose and not moving for long periods of time. It looked so frail and odd in its stance.
I remarked to the owner and he said she had been rejected by the mother and was obviously not getting enough nourishment. I ended up carrying that little goat around for the rest of the day. ( I didn't realize till the next morning when I was told it was actually a kind of hairless sheep.)

We ended up bottle feeding it which is quite an undertaking for a busy rancher round the clock.
We brought it in for the night and put it next to the heater in the hostel. It probably wouldn't have survived the cold night with the others.
This dog adopted her as well and licked her all over especially when it had some fresh milk on its muzzle.
The next morning when the sun had warmed the pen we released her back to the throng. She perked right up and sprinted off excitedly to be with the others. We had to leave shortly after and I don't know if she ended up surviving but we were certainly hopeful.

I am now alone for the first time in over a month of road trips and visitors...feel kind of funny!

31 comments:

  1. Quite the trip, worm remains, Cassidy ever so cool pyrotechnics and baby sheep? That is new for you. xox

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    1. Sick baby animals? see I do have a soft spot for critters!

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  2. omg, i was all amazed at the haul, the pix, your experimental piece... and then i read about the baby goat and almost started crying!!!
    this. THIS! is a blogpost.

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  3. oh, and i just added you to my blogroll.

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  4. Ha ! Your worm things are really fun and special ! (though I think you would not have liked them with the worms still in it .... ;-) !) Love all your seaside finds !
    Ahhhhh that baby goat !

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    1. Although I've been known to eat some pretty wierd things...maybe with a bit of salsa on them!
      Baby lamb actually, I found out the next day. What do I know!

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  5. oh kim! what wonderful treasures, especially the goat. i used to be a goat herder and was grateful that when one goat would reject, another would accept. we were blessed.looks and sounds like you are as well. xoxo

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    1. Yes, I'm managing with the full crew and fam time. At least they're all pretty mellow.
      The goat turned out to be a lamb of a hairless variety. I'm thinking of emailing the rancher to see how the little one fared.

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  6. oh my goodness...the worm exoskeletons and the beach haul...i'm swooning. there was even a skull in there! ack! our beaches never have such cool stuff (probably too cold here).

    i can totally see why you fell in love with the worm shells...

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    1. Do you want long or short or a combo?

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  7. What wonderful treasures you brought back with you!! And your photos are just gorgeous. My husband's family loves fireworks and I'll have to tell him about you son's idea of fireworks. I'm adding the Sea of Cortez to my long list of places to visit. I'll need to live many many more years in order to see them all.

    Thanks for a very inspiring post!

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    1. It's so convenient for us here to just be able to take a day trip there. It was on the chilly side for sure but our Alaskan sons managed a dip on our last day before we left. I've been on the Baja side too, stunningly beautiful.

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  8. I have really enjoyed this post. Thanks so much for sharing it. Wish I was there. LOL
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. There's shells enough for everyone on that beach!

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  9. Your son's pyrotechnics - incredible! You really can take some beautiful photographs.

    Love the story of the little goat. Hope it makes it, too. What a gorgeous place, I would love to visit there someday - thanks for the pictures! And worm exoskeletons? Incredible! So are all those shells. *drool*

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    1. Actually the goat turned out to be a lamb. I'm going to try to find out if it survived.

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  10. I'd love to be by the beach, but I'd get hypothermia over here. Those worms are the coolest and that necklace is a triumph- love collaborations.

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    1. It was pretty chilly indeed but it was a nice getaway for a couple of days. next stop is Maine which will be frigid but I have to go see my old folks.

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  11. What a delightful trip, and oh, the shells! I would love to be somewhere to pick them from the beach. The worm shells are absolutely PERFECT! Of course, they caught my eye... ;-)
    Lovely post~~feel like I had a quick visual cyber-vacation!

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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    1. This beach was amazing for shells for sure. I kept my collecting to a minimum for me!

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  12. Kim, I'm going to repeat myself...you are a fascinating person. Thank you for taking us on your many adventures. Always interesting and a visual feast. The sun shining through those shells is enchanting. I hope the little sheep was accepted by it's group after spending a night gaining some strength due to your kindness. Nice to see your new creations. Every bit-great stuff!

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    1. Aw thanks, Janet.
      It was a really fun trip for sure. My fascinating life sometimes wears me out though.
      I have to recharge for the next trip back east now. Probably won't be as many photos though from that one.

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  13. Love the photo journalism! Isn't the beach the most magical place!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. For being born on an island I certainly have chosen some rather inland places to live. The beach recharges me for sure not to mention the good photo ops.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Must be so awesome to just 'drop over' to another country for a couple of days. Living in Australia has rather a lot of downsides (in my opinion) and that's one of them! Jealous of that awesome shell haul! I love beachcombing, a rare treat for me. Must organise to do some when the colder weather gets here.

    I am excited to get some mexico worm skeletons! :D

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  15. I'm always so happy to see where your adventures have taken you. Beautiful photos, Kim. Really beautiful.
    xo

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  16. great photos and cute sheep hope it survived ..must get your phone case to you ...I haven't forgotten ...'onest Guvnor...:)

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  17. I too love the worm tubes and shell bits and pieces! The pyrotechnics - amazing.... and the little lamb and its story, heartwarming. I too hope it survived. Sounds like your winter is very busy but full of fun as well!

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  18. WOW great Post Great photos! Those worm tubes are weird but wonderful! The Baby lamb is adorable.. that spot!!

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