There was an unprecedented 25 days of measurable rain in March.
This broke the old record of 23 days from 1904. While this
was bad in terms of getting out to collect, it should be good
for future collecting once the rain stops. The tides were
favorable at the end of the month and I was able to get several
times to collect for a total of 19 pieces.
I've been collecting detritus from the San Francisco bay for
four years, and have noticed that it sorts itself into two
categories: top floaters and bottom floaters. Gum is a bottom
floater meaning it can only be found at low tide on shorelines
with a very wide inter-tidal region. I carefully plan my collection
visits according to the tide schedule, in locations I've previously
identified to be rich in bottom floaters. Back at the studio
I wash the collected items and place them in bags for later