Tug of the Tides


After the dark of winter, spring promises longer days and daylight low tides. My home beaches offer morning minus tides in April, May, June and July. Notable events, these tides surrender rarely seen low tide pools under flattering morning light. This is the setting for tidepooling at its best. The lowest tides appear in four-day bouts, in accordance with the lunar cycle, and it is during these brief bouts that the tug of the tides is strongest.

The scene above is a little-visited reef accessible only on the lowest tides.