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A Day at the Beach – Part One

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Heading down the bluff at one of the Point St. George Inlets.

After feeding the horses yesterday afternoon, I had a sudden urge to go to the beach.

  There are beaches nearby, some sandy, some rocky.

I chose an inlet of Point St. George, to gather a bit of mint for my garden.

I had seen mint growing in this area earlier in the year.

  It’s great for tea and in cooking, and the rabbits like it.

  It was low tide.  So clear from every angle, we could see St. George Reef Lighthouse

about 8 miles or less from where we stood.

Enhanced the photo – she was almost unnoticed.

The bluffs still held succulents and dried grasses.

Here’s a look, a bit closer.

pretty world

 Closer still.

Beauty fit for an impressionist’s paint and canvas.

While climbing across the rocks, I noticed a fragmented black rock.

Both one, and many.

This rock, broken into smaller rocks, reminded me of my genealogical research.  I’ve got ancestors on my mind.

I connected with a distant cousin, through my DNA test results.

Another view, as we get closer to the ocean’s edge.

I took this photo, thinking of Jody and Greg, who visited us here in Crescent City.

We met here on WordPress!  Show yourself, friends!!  😀

As two folks who love the beach and coastline as they do, I wish they were here…

Rock On!

Lot’s of sea star, waiting for the tides to turn.  We saw only orange and purple.

Wearing purple!

And I’M wearing orange!

We saw fewer anemone here than at other areas along our coast.

The rocks were very slippery in spots and I wasn’t interested in falling.

Cluster of small anemone, also waiting for the tide to turn.

HELLO THERE!!

BIG anemone, about 5″ in diameter, dressed so sweetly in colorful stones!

The bulk of rock and stone here, is black.  When there’s color, it pops!

Opposites?

I had a difficult time deciding which to bring back home.

 I probably would have learned more from the one I didn’t choose.

And speaking of rocks!

Little one? Hardly!!

The ‘rock’ above measured about 18 or so inches across and longer still.

My photo does nothing to show its true color.

It’s the largest piece of petrified wood I’ve seen!

Wish I could carry it home…

Beautiful.

There’s so much to see.  It was warm (about 60 degrees) and the views in every direction, stunning.

Water table was high, and as we were leaving,

I took a few photos, as the landscape circled me with its purity.

I felt deeply touched by it.

We took our time leaving, lingering at the top of the bluffs, and were well rewarded.

East.

I never did get the mint.

Stay tuned for A Day at the Beach Part Two,

and some surprises!

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Meet me over by the Sea Monster!

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On a spur of the moment hike to a secluded, difficult to reach area of beach brought a fine surprise.  One can only get here by hiking Endert’s Trail, which isn’t particulary appealing, except for the few views over the bluffs, and down to the beach to a hidden area over slick rocks, moving sand and water.  My eagle eyes caught a glimpse of violet color in the sandy, rocky sea floor, and I dared not move.

My girl brought her camera, so I called her over and kept the purple sea creature in my mind’s eye.  We waited for the waves and sand that moved over the creature to move low enough so we could catch just one more glimpse.

My finger pointed to the spot where she was to click on cue. I watched the waves ahead, I noted a possible break! Still pointing, I said, “Wait…  Wait… Wait… NOW!”  Click.

Violet colored predatory sun star

The sand and water rushed over  (Sunflower Sea Star) Pyconopodia helianthoides  and we moved on as conditions for another photo unlikely. I struggled over the rocks and sub-tidal sands to get to the pristine, unspoiled colony of sea star, mollusks, anemone and other sea life. I counted 8 arms on one side of the star.  A feast for the eyes!  A feast for a Sun Star!

Large colonies of mussels and other mollusks covered the rocky bluffs.  Massive colonies of untouched sea stars in deep purple, reds, oranges clung to the rocks which would soon be covered in the Pacific Tide.

Sample of pristine sea star colony

I walked without shoes, the cold water soothing my feet after the hike down to the beach.  The water temperature was warmer here than what I remember of the Atantic Ocean at this time of year. Conversely, the air temperature is much cooler.  Most folks who visit are surprised by how cold our beaches are, at any time of the year.

BIG sea anemone, potential meal for Star!

More Sea Star (starfish) colony

The  Pacific Northwest Coast waits for the fallout from the Japanese Tsunami.  We know it’s coming with the tides.  I wonder how this will affect this precious and pristine ecological gem.

Endert’s Beach, Crescent City, California 95531

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