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Backyard Blessings: Tidal Pools

I recently spent an afternoon at the beach exploring tide pools. What are those? Just miniature little worlds unto themselves!

Before moving to the coast, I was a landlubber for sure. As a child I dreamed of someday seeing an ocean wave. How huge it would tall as a house, even!!!! And would be able to look down into the beautiful blue water and see fish swimming by...

Yeah, right!!!

Then we grow up and see our first ocean... and get sea sick from the unending small rolling waves. Very unimpressive! And we stare at the surface of the ocean and neverrrrrrrr see a fish. And we get jaded.

And then we see a porpoise break though the surf...and we sound like a little kid again.

And we see waves crashing on hulkin' big rocks along the shore. Wow!

And we discover worlds of adaptive life in little pools of water... or sometimes just moist sand. Mollusks like limpets and snails and prehistoric wormy looking critters. Bright purple sea urchins. Clams. And anemones of various colors. And little hermit crabs scampering about under water.

And you feel young at heart again...rejuvenated. The overly dramatized illusions of childhood are washed away and replaced with the simple miracles of everyday life clinging to its home. Of neighbors sharing the same little pond of water. Of the incoming and outgoing of nourishment as regular as the tide...

And we pause to wonder at the miracle of life...and the processes that sustain each and every species in its own way. For its own life span.

And we walk back to the car and drive through the traffic a bit more at peace with the hubbub of human tide pools in which we bump up against neighbors and share the nourishment that flows our way.

And we snuggle down and rest...tired and content.

For more articles about NATURE & KIDS

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The Squirrel Family 0 Backyard Nature Safari
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Kids Learning Links
Buddy's Diner (for the birds)
Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists