South Winchelsea Island, April 2020

Week 4 or 5 of covid-19 lockdown and finally got out on the water. South Winchelsea is a handsome little island just off our shores. (5 minute boat ride from the marina) It is the home of a large sea lion rocque. Though they operate like overgrown dogs, playful and curious, they do not know their own strength and therefore a little dangerous. They also can be brutal art critics. Sea lions bark, growl and spit when they don’t like your painting or perhaps they don’t like me standing still for any length of time….I haven’t figured that out. They can also be excellent and enthusiastic company. Besides the sea lions you are all on your own on an island like this. It’s too small, in an archipelago of small islands, for anyone to venture. It is very dry featuring the most amazing fauna and wild flowers. They say these islands are more typical of California then the pacific north west. ps.The night before we were visited by a young Gray Whale close to our beach. {pics below) There seem to be more wild life around with this isolation thing or perhaps I’m home to see it!

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