I had to get my anemone fix recently since we'll soon be moving from the coast (sigh...). I realize there is other cool stuff in tide pools too, but hey, this post is dedicated to the giant green anemone/ (the ones that um, look like giant green anemones), the Aggregating Anemone/Anthopleura elegantissima (the ones all clumped together), and the Moonglow Anemone/Anthopleura artemisia (the other ones). Hmm, okay, so I'm no expert when it comes to anemone identification, so I apologize if that last one is wrong. My World
Enjoy the pictures. They're really fun organisms and pretty challenging to photograph. Yesterday high tide was coming in with a vengeance, so I had to keep jumping off the rocks to dry areas and swinging the camera up so it didn't get sloshed - all part of the fun! Most of the time they are a few inches to a foot or so underwater, so you have to wait til the water rushes out for just a split second if you want to get them in all their glory. And then 90 percent of the time, there is seaweed and other tidal stuffs in front of them...you get the point! (Still easier than photographing birds, though)
Some of these pictures are from two weeks ago, the others from yesterday, both at Patrick's Point. I'm really, really, painfully, going to miss this particular spot.
Yesterday we saw hundreds of seals and sea lions - they were all too far away for photos, but man! SO many of 'em. And they all had something very important to say (holy loud chatting!). As we headed back up from the tide pools, we saw a solitary river otter. He actually came really close to us and started rubbing his head on a rock. Umm..adorable! I had to switch lenses and blah blah blah so the 2 photos I took were really rushed and not excellent, but still...he was so much fun to watch.
Anyway, back to the anemones. My title, by the way, is in regards to The Waterboys song, "Be My Enemy." Dammit, I love The Waterboys. Macro Monday