Stella and the sea creatures

Stella visited an island and went kayaking on the sea.


She saw a white heron hiding in the trees


And a sunken house with many seabirds.


The water was shallow and matted with sea grass.


A sea hare lived in the water.


He inked Stella’s hands.


A sea urchin crawled across her palm.


She kayaked into the mangrove swamps


and met a small starfish.


She paddled further


and met a big starfish.


Lots of creatures live in shells,


but peek out of their pretty,


sometimes heavy, homes.


Stella kayaked past a seagull


and back to shore.


28 responses to “Stella and the sea creatures”

  1. Rachel says:

    Wow, Stella leads such a fascinating life! Thanks for the vicarious warm-weather holiday. My initial thoughts are a) I had no idea that sea hares existed, never mind contained ink; and b) you look lovely in your t-shirt, S.

  2. lane says:

    I love these travelogues.

    Especially because I can hear Stella’s voice reading them to me.


  3. bryan says:

    i love the cultivation of stella the mystery woman. whose face is it underneath that hat?

    love the tshirt.

  4. Tim says:

    I nominate this post for best use of TGW t-shirt as prop. Also, best photos of sea life.

    Thanks, Stella!

  5. Ruben Mancillas says:

    i like the verb “inked”

  6. Scotty says:

    Mancillas, perhaps you need to spend more time in tattoo parlors.

    Stella, I love how you maintain your air of mysteriousness. Even after meeting you a couple of times, I’m still all mystified and whatnot.

  7. Ruben Mancillas says:

    Scott, if they excrete some kind of bodily fluid onto you in tattoo parlors I guess I’ll continue to be a holdout.

  8. swells says:

    Scott–it’s “mystified and whatsit.”

    Ruben–oh, never mind.

  9. LT says:

    woohoo– whatsit in place of whatnot…Put that in the TGW style guide.

    Wonderful post, Ms. Stella. It was my version of going “outside” as I lay (or is that lie?) in bed with cough and fever.

  10. LT says:

    …and, yes, i am looking for some sympathy…

  11. Dave says:

    Here’s some sympathy for you, LT.

  12. Marleyfan says:

    Love the shirt, and the post.

    Anyone have a TGW tattoo yet?

  13. LT says:

    Gracias, Dave! I feel better already.

  14. Jen says:

    I love your stories, Stella – they’re so sweet! Reading your story made me want to curl up on a cot for naptime, plus graham crackers and juice.

  15. Jeremy says:

    wait a sec… you’re wearing your whatsit shirt on a kayaking trip!? what if it gets dirty or wet?

    mine is safely encased under glass at home…

  16. Dude. I want a Whatsit shirt!. I’d wear it kayaking, too.

    If you don’t mind my attempt to unmask some of the mystery: how exactly do you find a renting-kayak place? It can’t be as simple as looking it up in the phone book, can it? And what would kayak rental places be under? And how expensive are they? Can you tell me from experience? (And can you tell I want to try it?)

  17. Jen says:

    Are sea hares the same as sea cucumbers?

  18. Tim says:

    I think sea hares are closely related to sea rabbits, but are slightly larger.

  19. Stella says:

    Kate – I found this kayaking tour last time I was in key west, but I think a bit of googling will uncover a lot around the country, depending on where you want to go. i love it because it’s not super strenuous, but you feel healthy in beautiful places.

    I’d tell you more, but i need to remain all mysterious and whatsit.

  20. Stella says:

    p.s. big thanks to trixie and fawcett for the whatsit wear. xxx

  21. PB says:

    What a perfect antidote for the cold, relentless weather of this cold, relentless Midwest winter. Such warm pictures and comforting voice. Like a rest in the sun. Thank you Stella.

  22. Stanley Kowalski says:

    Ah, what a marveous sea delight from Stella. I, too, was on the trip but got a wail of a sunburn from wearing all my “wife”beater” t-shirts while scavaging for starfish. I had hoped for some dolphins but, alas, only in my dreams — where purposeful purpoises and sharks with eyes of death populate my mind. Beautiful pictures…if only we could see Stella’s face.

  23. Stella says:

    Welcome Stanley! I forgot to mention that I think I saw a small shark surface – there was a fin and silvery gray flesh and they had told us that 4 foot sharks were around that area. but no photos to prove it…

  24. lane says:


    I had a studio assistant that used “whatnot” It’s been funny to hear references to your saying that. This kid was the only person I had ever met who used that phrase. It was always charming.

    Strangely, whenever I asked him to put on music he would always pick “the Avalanches.” This was also charming, and amusing, and . . . whatnot.

    Perhaps you share a similar fondness for Australian DJ’s.

  25. lane says:

    and oh . . . on #20 ( to Fawcett and Trix),

    FIRST to Swells at the meatup and now THIS . . . !

    The rest of us are waiting . . ., . . ., . . ., . . .

  26. trixie says:

    lane, waterman has a shirt for you, and one for adriana too.
    give him a call.

  27. trixie says:

    also: stella, you are supremely hott and your modeling of the T only endears me more.

    lovely post and lovlier you.


  28. lane says:


    Could you please bring them to 606 West 26th st. on Friday 29 February.

    Say . . . between 6 and 8.