Shell Art , made from the gifts of the sea

P1200256Here are some shell and rock art collage pieces I made today.  I love walking on the beach and finding interesting shells and rocks.  There are a lot of Pacific oyster shells and some volcanic rock here.  There is a sea shell midden (A midden is the archaeological term for trash or garbage heap) from the native people on one end of the beach and it is interesting to see all the broken sea shells that they dumped there over the years.  It is about 10 feet high.  But most of the shells and rocks I use are from the shore line.  shell collage art oystersThese are made with Aleene’s 7800 all purpose glue ( you can get it at Michaels) , glitter, pearls and crystals.   The wood I found at the beach.  I also added some sand from the beachshell swirl fantasy collage art 1shell art swirlsshell art collage blue.jpg

Rosarito Beach Carnival and Sunday beach crowd

Today we went into central Rosarito to see the carnival parade.  We got there early, so we went to the beach where the RB Hotel is located.  It is an amazing site on Sunday afternoon.  The beach is one large party scene.  Papas and Beer’s restaurant opens up to the beach with seating inside or out on the beach with very loud classic rock and roll music ( Louie, Louie was playing as I danced across the sand).  Closer to the water families had set up “pop up” shade tents and were eating, singing and and playing in the sand and ocean.  There are horse rides on the beach and 4 wheel drive vehicles for rent. The atmosphere is one of happy people enjoying their Sunday off at the beach.  Here are some photos.pappas and beer on the beach rb sunday net

Then we went to the main and mostly only street to see the carnival parade.  It was sweet and old fashioned.  There were about 5 handmade floats being pulled by trucks with dancing children, local bands and of course a queen and King.  People were throwing confetti and the children on the floats were throwing candy to the children on the side of the street. Many people seemed there to see someone that they knew in the parade. carnival bandcarnival dancing girl carnival king and queen carnival queens

Wind storm yesterday; there was water mist blowing off the tops of the waves before they crashed

I had never seen that before.  The wind was about 50 miles an hour and it caught the tops of the big waves and threw up a lot of water mist before they came down.  I took a lot of photos and here are the best two.  The first one  the waves crashing on the rocks. The second is the mist flying off of the tops of the waves before they crashed into the sea. Enjoy!rockcrash 5x7 netwind wave no restriction net You can see the power of the storm in this photo.

back to Popotla Fishing village this time to eat OMG

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So we went back to Popotla Fishing village today at 4 pm to eat some fish. What a surprise! Instead of the quiet beach that just had fishermen bringing in their catch, the beach was filled with cars and locals tailgating at the ocean’s edge. There were lots of families eating, listening to music and playing in the water. After looking at the fishermen who still had fish cleaning and weighing their catch, we went up to one of the restaurants for dinner. David had some fish ( he did not know what kind) and I had lobster and shrimp. What a feast and all for $40 ( including the 2 boxes we took home for tomorrow’s lunch).

Making art from the gifts of the sea

I did not bring many art supplies down to RB with me so I have been challenged to make art with found objects on the beach.  I make these 2 art pieces from stones, shells and tumble weed that I found on our daily beach walks.  I did bring down some glue which helped.  Thought this might inspire you to look around you for art under your feet. lol

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Exploring on the road from Rosarito to Ensenada

So off we went today on an “explore,” as Eeyore would call it, going south on the free and the toll roads toward Ensenada.  The day was kind of hazy but was clearing up as we set off.  The first place we stopped was a fishing port called Popotla Fishing Village.  It’s just south of the former Fox studios, and here the fishermen bring their catch and sell it.  You can purchase fresh fish, crab, and shrimp from the people who caught it the same morning.  And if you like, a neighboring stall will cook it and serve it to you. Here are a couple of photos;  the first one is of some big fish,  the second one is of some ladies cleaning shrimp and the third one is of spider crabs.  We will go back to get some fish this week.  big fish cleaning shrimp spider crabs

Then we went further south and came to a long, wide beach called La Mision.  We walked there for 2 miles and here are a couple of photos from it.  These beach hut tables line the beach, which we think is a big draw for Ensenadanos on hot summer weekends.

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FOOTNOTE;  You will notice by now that most of my posts are short on words and long on photos.  This is because I do not like to read long blog posts.  I find that short and concise is the best way to keep my attention ( maybe ADHD lol) . If you want more details ,please post a comment and I will answer it.