Low tide 

Image Assortment

I hope that you are following the tides, because it’s that time again: time to go exploring!
Here are some photographs I’ve taken over the years. Maybe these will inspire you to explore the beach yourself, if you know of a place with few enough people that distance isn’t an issue. If you’d rather, you can just sit in a chair and enjoy this Virtual Exploration.


Photos by John F. Williams
At first glance, the low tide beach may seem like little more than a landscape…
…but if you slow down and look carefully, look under, look around, look behind, there’s no telling what you might find.
Click on one of the thumbnails below to see the gallery full-size.
A close look at the large glacial erratic to the left reveals limpets among the barnacles. See the limpets in action below. To see them move in real life, you’ll need to be patient, as the video below is sped up 350 times!
Here’s are two links to a Salish Magazine articles about sea stars and their cousins: salishmagazine.org/star-eat-star-world/ and salishmagazine.org/seeing-stars/
Here’s a link to a Salish Magazine article about a common anemone that you might see in the intertidal zone: salishmagazine.org/flower-of-the-tide-pool/
So, if you have the opportunity, go see what you can discover at low tide…
…you might even find some sea broccoli 🙂
Special thanks to Greg Jensen for helping with critter identification.


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