This small beach at Sea Ranch CA is aptly named Tide Pool Beach. Crawling around the rocks and tide pools at low tide is a real adventure. It’s easy to be captivated by the broader seascapes, as shown in the first two images, but looking closer into the tide pools reveals a whole new and different world. Growing up in Long Island I was captivated by this inner world ever since I was a child, and it’s beauty and complexity compelled me to study marine biology.
The Giant Green Anemone in the third image is a common inhabitant along our shores here, but there is clearly nothing ‘common’ about it. The last image is a Mussel bed awash in only a few inches of water, and the colors of the mussels and the Rock Weed algae make for a more abstract view of this small section of the tide pool. My wife Barbara is an art quilter and perhaps it’s seeing her abstract quilt designs and patterns that made me look at this scene a little differently. In any event, I hope you enjoy this little slice of paradise.
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24 – 70 mm lens