Starfish! Sea Stars! Wandered over to the North Spit this afternoon (the rain decided to hold off most of the day, much to my happiness) during low tide. We go there pretty regularly, but for some bizarre reason, never during low tide. Today we went during low tide, and I actually had the macro with me. It's my new best friend, I really feel bad for having forgotten about that poor, sweet sweet lens for so long. What was I thinking!?
Anyway, found my starfish and finally snagged some photos of them...again, dodging waves and crawling on slippery rocks. It seems that's just what I do best, the whole slimy rock walk thing.
I went a little nuts with the starfish photos, but I just got so excited about them, I couldn't help it. There was a lot of other weird and cool tidal stuff hanging out on the rocks too. The crazy green eye blob above is some sort of anemone, but I can't figure out exactly what kind yet. The cluster below are goose barnacles.
This next one is called a black chiton, followed by a dogwinkle. These things have great names, don't they?
Next are acorn barnacles, anemones, goose barnacles and sea stars.
Moving on to yet more goose barnacles with some mussels, some sort of kelp, and red algae or sea grass? I dunno...I'm not really up on my tide zone stuff just yet. I just have a little guidebook I'm going by right now. Help me if you can.
And then a few more of the same...I said I went a little crazy.