Chula Vista, CA
January 21, 2016
Last Thursday turned out to be my best tide pool day EVER!
Lisa, a friend whose blog I have followed for a few years and just happens to be a local, had suggested exploring the pools at Sunset Cliffs which is also in Point Loma. But, the local news had reported that a huge crack along the bluffs (caused by the rains from El Nino) could be dangerous. Our group decided not to take any chances so we returned to Cabrillo National Monument.
I was happy to see lots of anemones and practice with the under water camera.
Clarity seems to be better, but I do need lots more practice so that using this camera becomes second nature. It is lots of fun!
All these photos are underwater...
A slight movement caught my eye under this rock...
I try very, very hard to step carefully and be respectful of life in the pools. Sometimes, small creatures are so camouflaged, do you see the shore crab in this photo?The highlight of the day were three stars. The first two were Knobby Sea Stars found by Richie and the last was a Bat Star. A park ranger pointed me in the direction to find it.
Speaking of park rangers, they are quite visible during low tide and eager to share information.
The first Knobby Star I have ever seen.
Then I used the underwater camera...
Knobby Stars are found in a variety of beautiful colors ranging from red, orange, brown, blue, gray, and tan. The water was not deep enough for underwater pictures.
The water was murky here too and he looks rather dull...
but, the underwater photos are brilliant!
|A Whimbrel also taking in the sights at the pools.|
|A droplet in the water...|
|Blue Mussels...their major predator is sea stars.|
This was Lynn's first outing in three weeks. She has been very sick with acute bronchitis.
|Both of those are not mine!|
Let the good times roll...