So far, I've not found the area dry, so all the photos (and what I saw) are warped under a hand's length of wind-blown water. Some look like abstract paintings:
|A cozy home to assorted chitons, various anemones, starfish, encrusting pink algae, barnacles, whelks, and many hermits in smashed shells.|
|5 or more chitons here. Look for the reddish girdle, with a paler central oval.|
|A sample red-girdled chiton, very tiny, found on a rock. 8 pale shell segments and a red-brown girdle.|
|Another of the black leather chitons. Several species live under this rock.|
|The view from the access point. The second erratic, where the pool is, is on the far, far right.|
Today I walked around the point to a third, slightly smaller erratic, but couldn't quite reach it because the tide was too high, and I was keeping my so-called "waterproof" shoes dry. They can handle an inch of water, but no more, and it's a long walk back with squelchy socks.
Another day, another low tide. At least the weather is finally cooperating.
I brought home another Giant Pacific chiton, very dead; it's soaking now in hydrogen peroxide. If all works out, I'll eventually have photos of the internal shells.
Next: surprising anemones.