The Abstract Intertidal

Swatches of marine algae on a rocky bed look like abstract art. The featured image for this post is unique because the algal patches that give it the abstract quality live on a roadbed carved into a rocky headland. The bed is exposed only at low tide. Being smooth, flat, and nearly level, it’s a rare surface in the rocky intertidal.

The gallery below gives intertidal sand a chance to show off its abstract side next to its sister, the rocky intertidal.

These images are all from spring 2016 on a mile-long reach of northern Oregon shore.



    1. I’m glad you like my selections, thanks for mentioning it. Your seaside shot is striking, I stared at it a while. But you probably won’t be surprised to hear I really like the anemone too.

  1. Just love these pics Steve, not only as abstracts but also it’s interesting knowing the names of the different formations and plants. And they were all so different.

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