Friday, November 26, 2021

A Tag and Some Photos

 Hi everyone. 

Today I have a  very brown tag to share with you. I made this one for Valerie's Anything Goes challenge over at Tag Tuesday. I like to make tags as warm ups when I sit down to work on my table.

The background is made with paint, scraps of printed tissue paper and some painted pieces of wax paper pieces that I glued down with some matte medium. 

Then I added some assorted die cuts, a bit of bronze colored metallic paper trim, some yellow plastic pearls, and also some TH quote stickers. I wonder why these 2 people look like they have made fists out of their hands. (The women is suppose to be Mary Poppins holding her umbrella, which I left off, and Burt, holding a kite or bug net, which I also left off.) Yet they are good friends so I can't image they are going to hit the other. I think the lady is saying woman power and maybe the man is hand talker. Smile.

I also want to share some beach photos from when we were on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park in California a week and a half ago. The beach and harbor area were relatively flat and small compared the area that was steep cliffs.

My husband posed with one of the park signs.

I found lots of "treasures" on the beach.

And some of the stones on the beach were quite interesting also. 

And this rock looks like it is frosted in snow, but we know it is not-smile.

This is the dock that the park service boat comes in and out of. There are 2 docking places on Santa Cruz.  We booked the first stop (Scorpion) because the hiking was supposed to be a little bit easier. 

The boat is not back yet in the afternoon for us, since it stayed at the further out stop (Prisoners). That is stating the obvious since you can't see it here.

The islands also have their own unique species of fox.  As there are no predators of them, (except for Golden Eagles and a few Bald Eagles which we didn't see any), they come out during the day also. They definitely know they can find food in the areas where the boat lands and where the camping is located.

And they are tiny too, the size of a small house cat.

Here's some facts about these foxes from the park website that I pasted for you in case you are interested.

Quick and Cool Facts about the Channel Island Fox

  • It is the only carnivore unique to California.
  • Although the island fox is one of the smallest canids in the world, it is the largest native terrestrial mammal on the Channel Islands.
  • The island fox is one-third smaller than its mainland ancestor, the gray fox. At 12 to 13 inches in height and 4 to 5 pounds, the island fox is about the size of a housecat.
  • Some individuals have been known to live up to 15 years.
  • Unlike nocturnal gray foxes, which hunt exclusively at night to avoid predators, island foxes have no natural predators, allowing them to be active duringdaylight hours with peaks in activity occurring at dusk and dawn.
  • Visually, island foxes show signs of dominance or submission through facial expressions and body posture.
  • They communicate by barking and sometimes growling.
  • Their keen sense of smell plays an important role in the marking of territories. Island foxes are known to scent-mark their territories with a few drops of urine and tend to concentrate scats in particular areas, often conspicuously positioned on well-traveled paths.
That's it for today. Tomorrow I will do a post with more photos from Santa Cruz Island.

I am also linking up my post to Leah's Art Every Day Challenge day 26. 

Hope you have a great start to your weekend.


Angie's Recipes said...

Those beach photos are simply amazing! A fox at the beach...that's very unusual.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Erika, I loved this post! First of all, of course, your magnificent tag, which definitely gladdened my heart, I enjoyed all the details and embellishments. Thanks for linking again to Tag Tuesday, much appreciated. And I much enjoyed all the things you saw o the beach - did you take some home with you? And I was amazed by that fox, I had no idea that such small ones existed. Have a lovely day, take care, hugs, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

Cool tag. Amazing beach photos especially the Sea carrot. Cute fox, too.

R's Rue said...

So beautiful.

craftytrog said...

Great tag Erika, and lovely photos! I love the Channel Fox!

Empire of the Cat said...

Love your brown tags. That is funny that they both have fists, I guess to hold the things but maybe they are flexing their muscles and Mary is showing Bert that she's totally stronger than him lol. Love the photos of all the things on the beach and that fox, never seen one like that. We only see red foxes around here. Happy AEDM! Elle/EOTC xx

Lowcarb team member said...

That is a lovely tag.
I did enjoy seeing all of your beach photographs and the fox too.
Thanks for sharing the information about them.

Enjoy the coming weekend.

All the best Jan

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful tag and gorgeous nature shots :) I love everything about the ocean. :) Maybe because I rarely see it.

pinky said...

Erika your tag is absolutely stunning, love the background you created. Brilliant photos of your beach journey and wow to the Fox! Thanks for joining us at Tag Tuesday!

Jeanie said...

This is a place I never heard of and the pictures are wonderful. I love the textures in the beach, the rocks. It's very powerful.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A day at the beach in November is a good thing even if you traveled to CA for this one. I enjoyed seeing your beach finds and that fox too.

Divers and Sundry said...

I've never seen a beach like this and enjoyed your photos. The fox is a cutie, isn't it!