Tide Pool Shades and Shadows

Shades and shadows are both on display here, where the foreground is shaded, and shadows play in the background as morning sunlight rises above the tops of coastal conifers far behind me. It’s not unheard of to discover a kelp crab backlit and dangling from a drapery of sea cabbage, but it’s always a pleasure…

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Finding Yourself in the Infralittoral Fringe

The sandy beaches where surfperch live much of their lives can be vast and featureless.  The sand is constantly on the move so we don’t see plant and animal landmarks indicating the zones so familiar in the rocky intertidal.  In the shot above, could you place yourself with respect to mean lower low water (0.0′…

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