It’s been a while since we heard from intrepid globetrotting Beasties Paddy and Plunkett, hasn’t it? And now I’m beginning to think there might be a good reason for that… Take a look at their most recent set of holiday snaps and you’ll see what I mean!
What a weird, alien landscape… Are they even still on Earth?
“Paddy, look at these – they go on for miles!”
Of course, Plunkett was in his element – a field full of precariously-balanced rock towers? YES PLEASE!
But then Paddy spotted something else off in the distance, and he just had to climb down for a closer peek.
“Hey! Plunkett! Check it out…”
And they were absolutely teeming with wildlife…
…Including this sea anemone, hermit crabs and one rather luxuriant sea slug!
Paddy could quite happily have watched this fellow grazing away on the rich pastures of underwater algae all day, but Plunkett was a little less keen…
Sorry, Plunkett! I promise we’ll stick to rocks next time!
What’s the strangest creature you’ve ever found at the beach? Let us know in the comments!
Oh, and be sure to join us again on Friday… I’m doing an extra bonus post this week to share photos from the day trip Explorer Beastie and I took to Ireland’s northernmost point! See you then!
28 thoughts on “Strangers in a Strange Land”
What a lovely post!
Thank you! Those little guys sure do get around 😀
great little stone towers, too!!!
Aren’t they cool? Apparently there was nothing to explain why they were there either!
that seems incredible to me…
about five years ago I found this, on one of my walks through a forest close by:
Awesome! Thanks for sharing… I wonder if it’s still there?
No, it isn’t…about a month later, it was removed…
It belonged to an artist in residence within the Stuttgart area…
And when he left, he took his stone art with him…
What a shame! Although I did have the fun mental picture of him trying to pack it into a suitcase before leaving 😀
*haha* I guess he rather ruined his art before leaving, or it was taken away by some of his students on top of her heads, balancing 🙂
So where exactly were they?
I once found a sea lemon in a local rock pool
I’d like to imagine that they were on a strange planet in the far side of the galaxy, but it was actually Lanzarote 😀 I also just asked the internet to show me a sea lemon… What a cool creature!
That is a lovely little sea anemone – reminds me of when I had the ends of my hair dyed pink. As for other sea creatures, while snorkeling in Belize I was in a shallow spot and decided to stand for a bit. A sting ray kept circling me and circling and circling, so I wondered, “maybe I’m in his spot.” I moved away and, yep, Old Ray settled down right where I’d been standing. I don’t know if that counts as a strange creature or a surly one,
Hahaha! I’m going to hold out for the follow-up story, where you come home one day to find that same ray sitting in your favourite chair. Also, the internet has just confirmed my suspicion that those anemones are indeed called “snakelock anemones” – how appropriate for you!
No wonder all those marine biologist kept coming up to me and examining my hair! Geez, I never thought there might be a sequel to Tales of Ray.
Yeah, I bet he’s scouring the internet right now for cheap land-diving packages in the Portland area 😂
Great place he seemed quite at home
Yes, Paddy certainly did! Poor Plunkett seemed less than impressed 😆
Fab photos! There were cairns along the Balcony Walk in the Al Hajar Mountains of Oman – just another reason for you to visit (and take along Explorer Beastie and friends.
Heehee, I’d definitely consider it… Your pictures from Oman have been mighty tempting!
Oh wow, what a cool trip. I just love those rock towers. I tried to make some myself but I’m not really good at it. 3 rocks later everything collapses. I’m sure it needs a lot of practice … and patience. I will keep trying. 😀
I also find it very fascinating to imagine what kind of people made these towers … or maybe they were visitors from a far away galaxy.
It is fun to build rock towers, isn’t it? But there’s definitely a skill to it, or extraterrestrial super powers – I’ve never managed a tall, spindly one like these either. Mine are always short and dumpy! Did you see the pictures that Lu from Finbar’s Gift sent me of one near her?
The one with the rocks on the tree trunk? Yes, I saw it. That is really cool and I would love to decorate the front yard with something like this. I don’t really have a green thumb to embellish my garden with fancy plants but rocks don’t die on me. 😀
Hahaha! Good thinking… I might look into that myself! The only plants that can survive my “care” are cacti 😆
I know exactly what you mean.
I’m a former English and French language and literature college student, my bachelor ‘s thesis was a comparison of the poem of Beowulf and Robert Zemeckis’ film which screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (the one who wrote the Pulp Fiction screenplay together with Tarantino)… And you show me those landscapes… You want me to feel bad… I have never been in North Europe yet…. And I suffer a lot because of that…
Oh maaaaaan, you’re going to HATE my next post then! A whole heap of tantalising pictures from the very north of this rainy little island, which I just put up last night. And there’s a part 2 coming next week as well! If that doesn’t get you looking at plane tickets, I give up 😉
I’m already looking at it….