I can’t get the beach out of my brain lately, so for today’s #NatureDoodlewash, I’ve discovered this little crab. Also, it’s Friday, and he appears to be cheering on the weekend so that seemed like a fitting image to bring today. Weirdly, I find little crabs on the beach rather cute. Perhaps it’s their little eyes poking out a little ways from their heads, or that funny little way they walk sideways. I’ve only seen them on the beach a few times, but it’s always a treat! Since they’re good at staying hidden, it’s fun to actually spot one.
Years ago, when I spent a few days on the beach for the first time I was befriended by a young guy who lived in a nearby house. He was one of those impossibly bronzed beach boys who spent the entire day outside, terribly bored, and on a constant hunt for new tourists to hang out with. So he chose me that day and was determined to teach me how to body surf. My inexperience with beaches has always made me feel shy about water, but I bravely attempted to do everything he was showing me. On a final attempt, after multiple fails of gagging for air and looking like a dead sea creature being washed up on shore, I managed to catch a wave and gracefully glide back into the beach. It was exhilarating!
He immediately said he’d run home to get his bodyboard if I wanted to take the next step, but I said no, feeling the need to quit while I was ahead. The next moment, I saw a tiny crab comically sidestepping his way across the beach. He looked almost ridiculous, and yet didn’t seem to be bothered by that fact. Why did I care how I looked or if I did things perfectly if I was having a good time doing them? I turned to the guy and said, “On second thought. I’m in. Go grab that Boogie Board and let’s surf!” The next hour was a blast and I cursed my self doubt for almost making me miss out. A landlocked Midwestern guy got to finally experience surfing in the ocean. All thanks to a little crab on the beach.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal