22 Aug 17 Hope you all had a great eclipse viewing today; we had a clear day with c94% coverage. It was fun to watch and we did it with a group of folks, mostly kids, just down the street. No pictures to share, but by now you've likely seen dozens of beautiful images from multiple sources. It was interesting to note the drop in temperature during the eclipse. I wasn't expecting that. As I've written many times before, we get some significant low tides twice yearly, June and December. Some years they are really low, -4 and lower, some years not quite that spectacular. It varies from year to year. Location plays a role also as the slope of the shoreline contributes to the effect of the lowered water level. About a 90 minute drive from our abode, west of Pt Angeles, one finds Salt Creek State Park, and associated with the park is Salt Creek Beach. It's a reasonably steep walk from the parking area down to the beach itself, and when you reach it you are primarily walking over rocks and not a sandy beach. It is a haven for marine life and the entire beach, of which there really isn't any, is the perfect example of the Pacific Coast inter-tidal zone. On the June tide we visited, a -2.3 tide, the weather was perfect and the water level such that we were able to fully appreciate all the algal forms living in that location. This is a shot giving you a good perspective of the "beach" and with Jan in the photo for comparative size, you get a sense of what we experienced. The top of the brown area on the left of the shot is approximately where high tide covers the algae with the remaining algae being nourished by the splash of the waves against the bank. If you live in our area and haven't visited Salt Creek Beach during a June low tide definitely put it on your bucket list.
The is straight from the camera. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/800 sec @ f / 8.
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