P-22, The Mountain Lion of Griffith Park
P-22, The Mountain Lion of Griffith Park
The Gastropods of Point Fermin
The Gastropods of Point Fermin
Great Blue Herons of the L.A. River
Great Blue Herons of the L.A. River
Phorid Flies of Los Angeles County
Phorid Flies of Los Angeles County
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Califone Show Poster
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Bert and Gen's Cats
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Mexican Tufted Jay
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Susan the Cat
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Los Angeles Layers
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Asteroid
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Outrageous Fortune
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P-22, The Mountain Lion of Griffith Park
P-22, The Mountain Lion of Griffith Park
The Gastropods of Point Fermin
The Gastropods of Point FerminThe Point Fermin tidepools, between San Pedro and Palos Verdes, host a myriad of fascinating sea life, including a variety of gastropods - otherwise known as slugs and snails. A little bit of searching - it helps to know what you are looking for - reveals a wide variety of interesting slimy creatures with unique characteristics.While visiting recently, a young woman approached me holding a massive black blob. “Do you guys want to see a sea slug?” she asked casually. That was my introduction to the largest gastropod in the world, the Black Sea Hare. It is a mild, vegetarian creature that can grow up to two feet long and whose eggs look like ramen noodles.A close relative, the California Sea Hare (pictured in the bottom left of the drawing) has a surprising tactic - it exudes a cloud of purple ink when it’s bothered. It has also become valuable to neurological research due to its unusual learning capacity.Navanax, bottom right, is a lovely but deadly slug. In contrast to the gentle giant black sea hare, it is a voracious predator, even a cannibal. It is pictured here hunting down one of its own kind.The startlingly vibrant Spanish Shawl nudibranch is one of many nudibranchs in the pools, but rarely spotted. It contorts its body to madly propel itself away from predators, like the little shore crab taking a swipe at it.One of the lovely things about the tide pools in LA is that none of the creatures are poisonous or dangerous. As long as a visitor is gentle and careful, it is a rare opportunity to get up close to and even touch creatures that seem wildly exotic to an average city dweller.
Great Blue Herons of the L.A. River
Great Blue Herons of the L.A. River
Phorid Flies of Los Angeles County
Phorid Flies of Los Angeles County
Califone Show Poster
Califone Show Poster
Bert and Gen's Cats
Bert and Gen's Cats
Mexican Tufted Jay
Mexican Tufted Jay
Susan the Cat
Susan the Cat
Los Angeles Layers
Los Angeles Layers
John Reilly & Friends poster.jpg
Ali and Daniel web.jpg
web bicycle map.jpg
carte blanche illustration web.jpg
Carte Blanche Rice Bowl illustration web.jpg
Crow drawing.jpg
Isaac drawing.jpg
mantis print.jpg
novi split little joy WEB.jpg
Asteroid
Asteroid
Hubble
Hubble
Astronaut
Astronaut
Outrageous Fortune
Outrageous Fortune
Room 113
Room 113
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