Medical 'stuff' has occupied much of this past week and will continue to do so for a few weeks to come. However, the beauty of Nature serves as an antidote -- at least to me.
Abalone shells are a relatively common find on Phillip Island beaches. The fleshy part of this animal is considered a delicacy, by many people. Usually the flesh is pounded to soften before cooking hot and fast.
This week I found my first sea squirt of the season. It's quite a small specimen, but intact. Usually fist-sized, sea squirts form colonies near low water mark on rocky reefs in southern oceans. These filter-feeding creatures live on tiny food particles. Anglers often use their red fleshy meat as bait.
These squat red to-orange to-brown invertebrates have two tubes, one for the intake of water, the other one for its exit. They also possess a large pharynx, gill slits, a strange heart and a well-developed digestive system. So they are more complex than they seem -- at first glance.
In this blog I'll include a couple of photos of succulents I've placed in bowls on our table. I love their unique structure and unusual beauty. They grow in our garden, here on the island, without any special care or any extra watering.