September was crazy insanely busy.
So much so, that now it's October. But that's okay. October is superior!
Shrimping was pretty much the same damn thing...over and over and over. I did receive a few reprieves. Some baby rougheyes for example. When identifying a new species of rockfish, you look at the headspine count. The photo below shows the headspines of a juvenile Rougheye Rockfish. The count is one of the first steps in narrowing down the ID. This photo you can see all eight spines which is unusual (for me off Oregon) since many species are lacking HS 6.
Nerd alert over.
Tidbit 1: Sketching with pencil on Rite in the Rain paper.
It (Rite n Rain) doesn't take to erasing, much like pen. So I went about drawing in a zentangle type of fashion. I was pretty proud that I didn't get all eraser happy. My first trip I read the whole third novel of Diana Gabaldon's. This was my second week at sea.
It got a little morbid when I saw the eye balls, but I still really like it.
Tidbit2: Field sketching cont.
This is a shiner surf perch. It's scales were odd to attempt being more horizontal in layout then grid-like.
TO THE TIDBITES
TidBite1: Oceanic Advent Calendar. (fully lacking any actual religious affiliation.)
Last year I saw an awesome calendar on the Pinterest.(yep) Each day is an ornament; that is placed an a mini tree. Their version was all white, and classic, and beautiful. My ornaments are all going to be beaded what-nots with a marine theme. Obviously.
I was making a frame to hang these loverly jute bags (a garland from Michael's from last season) (which will contain the ornaments) but then recently came across this fantastical wood frame instead. So the last frame is scrapped, hard. In the mean time, I'd made two said ornaments then moved my house and lost everything into packing. Well, shortly after I bought the frame, my bead pieces reappeared! So this morning, I made two more! ...only 21 days, worth of what equates to single earrings, to go. Gah.
Really this is making me look like I've got Christmas on the brain. I'm knitting a baby hat for a to-be-born-in-December fetus. Of which I know not the gender. Variegated grey for the win! It's father is a fisherman. It only made sense.
TidBite3: Stamp carving
I started working on some Halloween and Christmas stamps for my coming postcards! I'm way to stoked about the holidays...