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Limpet Limbo

Many species cling to granite in shallow tide pools along the Maine coastline, biding time until a rising tide recharges the stale water with a sea change of life-supporting oxygen and nourishment. Two species, limpets and barnacles, populate this painting. Each one has adapted unique strategies to endure the harsh extremes in temperature, salinity and violent wave action found in these intertidal zones.

During extreme conditions, many of these creatures and others are left high and dry for hours during low tide. In this painting, water barely bathes these limpets in the shallows of a slowly draining tide pool, as if in a diurnal game of limbo that plays out day after day.