Tidepool Mandala – My Favorite Things ?
Starfish, anemones, barnacles, chitons
Crabs in the tide pools with gunnels and sculpins
Beautiful seaweeds in all shades of greens, these are a few of my favorite things!
This mandala is near and dear to my heart. These are some of my childhood friends from the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound near Seattle, a place where my soul resonates. I grew up spending my weekends there. Low tide was the most magical time for me.
Give me the rocky, gunkholing, low-tide, treasure-laden beaches of the Puget Sound teeming with amazing, wondrous life. Sandy coastal beaches with fantastic waves are beautiful too, but for me they never held a candle to the intertidal beaches of the San Juans. All you have to do is lie on the edge of a dock, look at what clings to the side just below the water’s surface and check out the clumps of seaweed or what might be clinging to or climbing up the pilings. There are all kinds of mysterious, beautiful creatures playing out their life dramas there. What’s in that tidepool? Under the seaweed? Under that huge rock? I know it’s good, whatever it is.
If you ever get a chance to visit the San Juan Islands you should go. Watching nature in real life is some of the best medicine and the San Juans are a veritable theatre of nature. As a child I clung to it, cherished those weekends in the Islands. If there was a low tide, well, that was what I waited for. Ready with my life jacket on (because my mother told me I had to wear one to be safe and she was right) and bucket in hand sneaking out of the boat while everyone else was still asleep (low tides can be early and I wasn’t about to miss them) and walking down the dock to the gunky, rocky, fantastically seaweed-adorned beach to see what new creatures I might find.
I think it was an intuitive thing little me did, a form of meditation in nature. This mandala is a love letter to my childhood friends that helped sustain me. I love each and every one of them from my heart. ❤️