Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'


The one beauty about living on the coast is when the weather is good then the living is most definitely easy!

Which is why we've found ourselves for the best part of this week down on the seashore.

With the tide out as far as it can possibly go for this time of the year we've spent most of our time exploring the rock pools and like other seasonal things all around the country the seashore has its own seasonal wildlife and visitors to our shoreline.

Fortunately it is not jelly fish season because stepping around and avoiding those gloopy little things is challenging in itself and well, down right unpleasant.

Nope no jelly fish or boshed up crabs either - I think that's later on in the season.

At this time of the year it's the star fish in their abundance and most of this week (weather permitting) we've been walking our local shoreline rescuing them from drying up on the sand.

Something that started out as a bit of fun coaxing the little ones into paying a bit more attention to the wildlife (or sea life) on their doorstep has now turned into a full on scale search and rescue of these beautiful little critters and returning them back to secluded rock pools where they have no fear of drying out and ending up on some one's bathroom windowsill as ornamental decoration and where they can wait in peace for the tide to come back in again and take them deep underneath to the murky waters below.

The children are far braver then me. Gently scooping them up and finding a suitable sheltering place for them.

Me, I have fears of a star fish sticking to my hand for dear life and never letting go. Oh the calamity!

So if you see some mad woman down on the seashore this week - and maybe next - with a rabble of children jumping up and down shouting 'I've found one - quick find a rock pool' then it's just me with the kids - of course - doing our bit for the local wildlife.