Quiet Moments From the High Intertidal

Among invertebrate inhabitants of the high intertidal, activity, for some, grinds to a halt when things dry out.

Clamped down against a vertical wall with shells for protection, waiting out low tide won’t challenge these limpets and barnacles. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve settled on the shady side.


A periwinkle made it just so far under cover of last night’s humidity, then stopped. It’s going to be here a while. My human frame of reference says it looks vulnerable, but judging by the weathered shell this little gastropod knows what it’s doing.


These quiet moments are from Salish Sea shores, August 2019.

A Quiet Moment