the Wind

About the photo: At the beach a couple of weekends back, several of these blue jelly-things caught our eye.  They are called Valella valella, also known as “by-the-wind-sailor” due to their clear fin that acts as a sail, allowing them to skim the ocean waters in search for plankton.   They, by nature’s design, have relinquished control to the wind, and go wherever the wind should take them.  With warmer Pacific temperatures and spring time eastward coastal winds, we are seeing more of the on the California beaches than is typical.  The quote points to the difference in our human ability to adjust our sails, so to speak, so that we don’t end up washed ashore; but I find beauty in nature’s display of surrender.  

 © Houseman 2013