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Friday, August 20, 2010

All around, the drama of survival


Usually, this area is under water during our beach walks. When not, it is full of sea life, sea urchins, crabs, star fish, and other small marine life, clinging for life on the rocks, waiting for the next wave to wash them ashore.

I'm not sure you can see much in this picture, though.

But, life is fragile, we are reminded.
Yesterday, as we stopped on I5 for a rest stop at the Umpqua Natural History Museum, we experienced feeding time for snakes.  Little tiny white and black mice, scampering around, trying to escape the cage and their ultimate demise became a good moment to ponder the cycle of life, the drama of survival among living things.

27 comments:

Brian Miller said...

probably pretty neat to see the stuff ont eh shore you may not normally see...it is a cycle...and we never know when it is our time to get off...

She Writes said...

Animals killing each other for food often make me think of the same thing! Everything doing what it must to survive...

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

Yes, we drift in and out.
Time and tide wait for no man.

(Ohhh, I have ophidiophobia!!!!)

Eva Gallant said...

I'm pretty sure I saw this very spot when I was out there last fall. Love, love the coast of Oregon. And then, there's the never-ending tide.

Cloudia said...

Each day a triumph: I exist!




Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

becky at abbeystyle said...

I always love this view of your waterscape...that stone in the distance has the look of a whale or shark fin. Awesome piece of the earth...

Helen said...

What a poetic post .....

Arkansas Patti said...

I know these things occur in nature, I just can't bear to watch.
I prefer the sanitized Disney versions of nature we were fed as children.

Everyday Goddess said...

beautiful beach habitat!

why do we love the mice more than the snake? they are all our animal cousins after all.

cheshire wife said...

Very appropriate. It is husband's birthday tomorrow. Where have all the years gone? It certainly makes you think!

ellen abbott said...

Everything has to eat and what we eat in a closed system is each other. No manna from heaven.

Marion said...

Your photo is breathtaking. What a beautiful part of the world to see and experience. I miss the ocean, or in my world, the Gulf of Mexico! We usually go every summer to sit on the beach, but haven't been yet this year. Maybe in September. Thank you for sharing this. Blessings!!

Maggie May said...

Its a pity they have to be fed live........... sigh.

The sea & rocks are rugged...... just like life.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Probably glad I missed the snake feeding. However, I'd like to sit and watch that water come in.

L. D. Burgus said...

The tide brings out a different world. I first saw the tide go out in Maine last year. We don't have tides in Iowa.

Amanda said...

lucky you rosaria to have the sea so close by - you are wise to take full advantage of it.....i'd be out there all the time too, watching the crabs skitter

(these rocks are so distinctive - is this the view on the header foto of your memoir blog??)

Nancy said...

I always feel so sad about it, though.

Funny, I have been thinking about survival these last few days. I even went so far as to order seeds that produce seeds, and can plant an acre of food in a pinch. Me, who hasn't even put together an emergency box!

Marguerite said...

Beautiful photo! Don't think that I could have watched the feeding time for the snakes. But, you're right about the cycle of life. "We're all just passing through".

#1Nana said...

You got me laughing...a beautiful picture of the ocean to disarm me and then the vision of snakes gobbling up scampering mice. Yeah, it;s a tough world out there!

the walking man said...

Can't blame a snake for being a snake or prey for being prey. *shrug* Animals are easier to deal with than humans when it comes to understanding motivation.

Susan Erickson said...

The rock in the distance looks like a big shark's fin....I can feel that salty , windy, ion filled air .....mice are not my favorite creatures, nor are snakes.....I don't think I would have hung around for that though.....

lakeviewer said...

FYI-these views are of the Southern Oregon Coast, between Brookings and Coos Bay, an hour south and one hour north of where we live. I took these pictures randomly, and have not labeled where they are precisely. I shall be more careful with future fotos.

Ann Best said...

Life IS fragile, for all creatures on earth, including humans.

I do enjoy your photographs, wherever they're located.
Ann

Woman in a Window said...

It is cruel but real. And that is one reason why we have to be brave.

It strikes me how lucky we are to be able to feel the depths that we do in such a physical world.

I like your mind.

xo
erin

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

You have such a great eye, if I get half as good as you I will be thrilled. Thanks for visiting and the sweet note that you left me there.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It's a lovely photo.

Granny Annie said...

Great photograph. Makes me jealous of your life.

Excitement on our place comes from gathering eggs only to notice a large egg with a strange frame around it. What in the world? Oh, it's a snakes mouth. I was reaching for an egg in the mouth of a black snake. Yikes. We get to deal with snakes all the time and they get to deal with the mice in the barn.