Favorite TOS Posts and Photos, 2013

2013 was theoutershores’  first full year in business.  There were 32 new posts and 387 pictures uploaded.  I thought it might be fun to review the most popular posts and share my favorite photographs.  Among TOS readers, the most popular posts in 2013 were:

  1. Estimating Flying Ant Day

  2. Mermaid’s Purse

  3. Dabbling with Crustacean Competition

  4. To Bite, or Not to Bite

  5. SurfPerch Summit

My favorite photos featured in 2013 posts are:

Sunflower star, Pycnopodia helianthoides
Sunflower star, *Pycnopodia helianthoides*

This image appeared in Sunflower Star, Pycnopodia helianthoides.

Redtail surfperch, *Amphistichus rhodoterus*

From And the King of the Surf is…  this photo conveys the attitude of a feisty male redtail all full of erect fins and colorful bronze bars.  If you want to see a prime adult male redtail, this is it.

The purple olive, Callianax biplicata
Purple olive, *Callianax biplicata*

This photo was featured in Shows.  What a beautiful little snail.  I am drawn to this image because it reminds me of the eight months that elapsed between me making the decision to find and photograph this snail and actually accomplishing it.

Thatched barnacle, Semibalanus cariosus
Thatched barnacle, *Semibalanus cariosus*

From Barnacles On Top of Barnacles.  Thatched barnacles are said to look like miniature haystacks and these certainly do.  Besides thatched barnacles, you can also see goose barnacles, limpets, and an intriguing string of what may be six little brown barnacles in the lower left portion of the photo.

Old-growth stump, in the mirror

From In the Mirror, this huge stump has for years been a familiar landmark on one of my favorite beaches. I like the swirling sea foam around the base and the reflection of my old friend on the wet sand.

Branched-spine bryozoan, *Flustrellidra corniculata*

This is the first photo I took of Flustrellidra corniculata.  I had seen a clump  previously, in the wrackline, but failed to take a photograph and I didn’t even know it was a bryozoan.  The question of what it was haunted me for months.  I posted this photo in Flustrellidra corniculata, a Bryozoan shortly after discovering and photographing this attached clump.

Unidentified comb jelly and gull tracks
Unidentified comb jelly and gull tracks

One morning the beach was awash in comb jellies, mostly sea gooseberries, Pleurobranchia bachei.  When I posted this image in Comb Jellies, my best guess was that this one was Beroe, but there are other possibilities.  I hope someone will help me with the identification of this beauty.

Black leather chiton, Katharina tunicata
Black leather chiton, *Katharina tunicata*

This photo of a chiton in a lovely algal garden appeared in Black Leather Chiton, Katharina tunicata.

Laminaria setchellii
Split kelp, *Laminaria setchellii*

A miniature underwater forest in a low tide pool.  This image of Laminaria setchellii appeared in Seaweeds in the Sand.

Thanks a lot for dropping by theoutershores in 2013.  I hope to see you again in 2014.