SEA OTTER 2018 first edition.

YES…I have finally returned to SEA OTTER for the 2018 first edition of the NATURE UNFOLDING series of science guides. Here is first round of preliminary sketches as I navigate the sea otter kelp forest habitat and the selection of favorite foods of our furry friends. Look for next phase of line art…soon. DNE




We have another fabulous author to add to the list of NATURE UNFOLDING’s talented, dedicated and passionate professionals: GRAY WHALE is written by David W. Weller, Ph.D., Marine Mammal & Turtle Division, Southwest- National Marine Fisheries Science Center, NOAA . Purchased on

The North Pacific GRAY WHALE migrates from their summer feeding areas in frigid Arctic waters to wintering areas in warm lagoons off Baja California. The occurrence of Gray Whales along the coast is a celebrated event as the migratory corridor brings these whales within easy view along the shores of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Despite a nearly disastrous period of interactions with humans that resulted in the near extinction of Gray Whales, protection measures have allowed this species to once again flourish in the Pacific and make their way into the human consciousness as respected and cherished icons of the sea.

Nature Unfolding © Science Guide series coalesce science, literature and vivid imagery to inspire a deeper connection with nature. A compilation of natural science illustrations, a migration map and poster, photos, and other diagrams provide the newest information and research  on our science subjects.


SEA SHORES on amazon

Along the sea shore – water, sand, wind, and tides are in continuous turmoil. It is a challenging home for the abundance of wildlife which flourishes within the waves, hidden beneath the sand, or in plain sight.  ‘SEA SHORES’ aligns with the California State Science Content Standards for Earth Science. Grades K-12.

SEA SHORES now available on amazon: click here.


The content, visuals and text for this science guide are all original and can not be read anywhere else. Hopefully teachers will add this to their classroom programs , along side KELP FOREST & TIDE POOLS NATURE UNFOLDING science guides, as we all need a better understanding of the sea shore environment and habitats.

Thank you to:

Karen Martin PhD. Professor of Biology, Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, Pepperdine.
Lindsey T. Groves. Malacology Manager, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Two inside pages:


Thar She Blows! GRAY WHALE

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!!!!!!!! going strong already!



Two NATURE UNFOLDING science guides are at the printer and will soon to be released. But thought I would share the NEW GRAY WHALE – NATURE UNFOLDING science guide,  a joint project with NOAA Dave Weller,, who is finishing the writing and editing today! Thar She Blows!

SEA SHORE science guide research is on going.

The new NATURE UNFOLDING science guide – Pacific Coast SEA SHORES displays over 80 species of birds, beach mammals, sand critters, and ocean casts-aways.


Zuma Beach and Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera



The receding tide left beach pools filled with millions of sand critter holes.



Learning to identify the shorebirds can start with these large conspicuous species. The Willet Tringa semipalmata , with long straight bill appears dull brown in color-but- when it takes flight, with its piercing call, it flashes a display of distinctive under wing feathers. And the Marbled Godwits Limosa fedoa appear very tall, with a long upward sweeping bill and a spectrum of brown and golden feathers.