A story of creamcups and scouring pads.

The washcloth and the scouring pad were right there, and plenty of (salt) water, for cleaning up, but my grandson Scout and I didn’t need them for that, as our recent snacks had been eaten out of hand. We were at the third beach of that morning, earlier this week when he was down here by himself visiting all his grandparents.

Scouring Pad Alga

On the way we had traveled over “Wildflower Hill,” as I’d named it two weeks ago. Most of the April flowers had faded, but foxgloves were in bloom!

Our first stop at the coast was at my most frequently walked beach, where we spent the most time and effort around the adjoining lagoon, and climbing up and down the dunes.

Beach Wormwood

Our family and other homeschoolers used to play here 20 and 30 years ago. I found a few pictures showing us back then, when Kate was an infant:

Scout wanted to see the beaches that he’d gotten to know last summer, so next we went to one of those, where we noted the layers of different colors of sand, and the color of the ocean.

Yellow Sand Verbena

It was chilly and breezy, so we were glad to have our windbreakers. He was swimming in his borrowed jacket (but not in the ocean!), and I was squeezed into mine that I’ve outgrown, but they worked fine.


California Goldfields

At the last beach, after our snack, Scout wanted to explore “on the other side of those rocks,” and he soon came back to tell me it was urgent that I come, too, and see the tidepools.

I was so surprised. All the times I’ve been on that beach, and I never knew… It was the most interesting collection of creatures I’d ever seen in tidepools. And all around, new plants as well. Thousands of mussels grew crammed together on the rocks.

California Mussels
Gooseneck Barnacles
Lots of Feather Boa Kelp still rooted to its rocks.
Giant Green Anemones hiding in sand.
Turkish Washcloth
Black Pine Seaweed

Besides the plants and animals whose names I’ve mentioned in captions here, we also saw Black Oystercatchers, Bee Plant, Dogwinkles, Sea Thrift and Silverweed. These many evocative names began to swim in my brain and tried to form themselves into a fantastical story… but in the end all I could extract was the vision of me at the sink with those seaweed dishwashing tools, the Turkish Washcloth and the Scouring Pad Alga. We picked off the real live leaves of various kelps to bring home; I’ve yet to make soup out of it.

It was quite a stimulating day. Scout and I shared the feeling that our minds were buzzing, our hearts full with the excitement of such life and beauty lying quietly under a few inches of water or briefly exposed, shining with the glory of God. He’s already planning his next visit to this spot, and how his mother must join us to share the joy. Sounds good to me!

10 thoughts on “A story of creamcups and scouring pads.

  1. A friend of mine just got wormwood tea to help with possible parasites. Is this the same plant? Your beach photos are lovely, the old and new! It looks pretty wild there still. I would love to visit.

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  2. Your wonderful array of photographs give us a taste of what a stimulating outing this must have been. Those tidal pools are a treasure trove – and so many interesting plants too!

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  3. How I enjoy — and envy — your visits to the coast. The creamcups are completely new to me, and well named. They remind me of the Dreamsicles I loved as a kid: a swirl of orange and white, rather than yellow and white. And living starfish? My goodness! What a treat.

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  4. This computer will not let me type above that blue line.. but LOVE the universe here “below a few inches of water.” how glorious the Creamcups and Verbena and Kelp and glorious LIFE!!! Thank you for this wonderful Mother’s Day and every day GIFT you always bring from the Heart of Our Mighty God! Blessings. Merri

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  5. I found myself saying, “Nice paint job on those cream cups, Lord.” Ha ha. So many wonders. And our God is such an artist!

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  6. The photo of Kate as an infant with the gulls behind her — she looks like an angel with lovely wings! Oh, how I love it that you could have a glorious day like this, filled with good companionship and lovely surprises along the way. I adore the names of your discoveries!

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