Monday, May 25, 2009

Day 18 - May 18

Life Guard Station 26, Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min. 
estimated pounds collected today - 15
estimated pounds collected to date - 136
How many people enjoy the beach in a summer? says, "Over a Billion people go to the beach in the summer in the USA."
I know that wikipedia doesn't have a lot of credibility. The point is that A LOT of people come to the beach.  They come to play, relax, think, get in the water, be with friends and family, get some sun....I could keep going with this list. I'd like people, especially children, to be able to do that for a long time. 
Grey days make amazing colors. 
Water is not always blue. Actually, I think it's never the same color twice. 
Retrieving wet clothes, or dry really, is something I don't like to do.  This shirt looks like it got a good wash first. Dry is worse.
Clothes are trash when they end up in the ocean.
A website called, Can Manufacturers Institute, has some fun recycling facts about cans.

It's estimated that since 1972 some 18.7 million tons of aluminum have been recycled. These 1,099 billion aluminum cans placed end-to-end could stretch to the moon and back some 174 times.

Crows. I love crows. I especially love crows when I see them on the beach.
So I have included a few too many pictures in this post of one that I watched at the end of my collection time. 
I've recently finished a Young Adult novel, and in it, there is a crow named Azrael. Maybe I saw him today. The book takes place on the beach, and under the water. It's taken me 2 & 1/2 years to write. Just going back over it for the next few weeks to get it polished up. What's next? I'll see...