Wonders of swimming pools


Little Moonglow

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Although I saw footprints in the sand when I walked down to the beach, I appeared to be the first morning tidepooler at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on Sunday (not counting the great blue heron and the flock of seagulls). After walking down the stairs from Seal Cove (the main entrance was still closed), I headed down to the beach and quickly spotted movement in one of the pools, some sort of crab.

I pulled my Nikon out of a Domke canvas shoulder bag, trying to do not throw away the Panasonic FZ-61 In the process . So much for the Domke, which turns out not to be a very good bag for this kind of work. With the FZ-64 for the shots, I had brought my D 640E with a 105/Micro and a small SB-105 flash attached to an SC-21 coiled remote control cord. I turned everything on and was quickly greeted by a flashing “card error” on the screen.

In about a minute it took to sort this out and get the D636 was working, the crab had gone to the ground, probably hiding in plain sight, but camouflaged so well that I needed my special x-ray vision to find it. Even when I was right above it, I found it nearly impossible to photograph the crab, a kelp crab, that would look like anything but random colors and shapes. Even when he emerged from his seaweed hideout, his camouflage held up well.

I moved on from kelp crab to a cute little orange anemone the size of of a half dollar, then to another nearby. By the time I reached the second, a hermit crab had photobombed it. The crab was in no rush to leave, so I gently brushed it aside. When I finally looked up from my tidal pool, I was surprised to see that several people had joined me on the reef. By the time I left, there were probably about three dozen people there. It was nice to have a low tide hitting at such a reasonable time, and a weekend on top of that.

The sun made a very brief appearance, dazzling us with brighter colors and a mood more cheerful, but Karl le Brouillard quickly reasserted himself on his brackish domain.

Whereas I walked around the reef peering at the pools, I stopped several times to admire the beauty, the wonder of the everyday extraterrestrials who share this incredible planet with us. I asked a few docents if they had seen any nudibranchs, and they directed me down the reef to a guy in a distinctly bright orange jacket.

I asked around when I reached it, but no one had a pearl on the branches for the moment. As I walked back towards the beach, I spotted another bright orange creature which I took for a worm or some kind of new branch, but a boy of about Where 03 years took a look at the little thing of an inch of maybe – feet further and said it was probably a sea cucumber. Oh, to have laser eyes like that again. I never would have guessed sea cukes could be so small, and I watched it when I got home. The kid was absolutely right.

Bernard -the Hermit Photobombing Anemone Moonglow

Seal Cove

GBH looking for parts

Camouflage Crab the

Open-air Crusted Kelp Crab

Coral Algae Inflorescence
Best buds (starfish and anemone)
Coralline algae with h Folded anemones

Big Daddy on a rod
Barnacle Bill (and Ted and Hillary)

Shell Collector

Enjoy our thirty seconds of sunshine


Li’l Cuke

Orange Sea Cucumber (

Cucumaria miniata 7690)

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