New TIDE POOLS Science Guide, 3rd EDITION

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TIDEPOOLS of California –  Nature Unfolding © Science Guide coalesce science, literature and vivid imagery to inspire a deeper connection with nature. A compilation of natural history illustrations, poster, photos, and diagrams provide current and reliable information with over 80 ocean species identified. Condensed text is edited by Science Adviser Karen Martin PhD., Professor of Biology, Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, Pepperdine University.

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AVAILABLE at Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barabra Sea Lab, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Pepperdine Malibu Book Store and other museums. Also on amazon:*Version*=1&*entries*=0



This is what we like….the TIDEPOOL Science Guide in action. Here is Shari Latta’s  Jr. Life Guard, from Zuma Beach in Malibu, applying science to this first class training program. These want-to-be Life Guards are our future ocean advocates and as you can see are very serious about the subject.


Brandon and Phoenix


Returning to portraiture – the making of portraits has been inspired by new family and friends. It has been a while since I painted in oils on canvass. And integrating art styles and techniques, mastered over decades of work is a creative challenge. Some old habits are almost impossible to avoid. Yet, bridging my strong drawing methods with the oil medium is exciting, and like an adventure into the unknown.

But, no matter my artist technique, all my art remains connected by its ever present theme: faces and eye contact. And, by painting special people like Brandon who connects with nature with his love of animals.

“Wild Neighbors: COYOTES” Science Guide – Coming Soon!

Trotting coyote

“Wild Neighbors: COYOTES”- Release Date November 2015

“The coyote is well adapted for endurance and survival. Their long legs are strong and springy allowing for traveling long distances, up to 60 miles in a day. Coyotes can trot for hours and hours, and run with bursts of speed up to 40 mph. They can climb over a 14 foot fence and are even great swimmers. When they hunt small prey, they have impressive digging tools: large front feet with powerful claws which can easily dig-out a gopher, hold a field mouse in the grass, or bury a stash of food.”