Green & red seaweeds surround a mossy log. Strait of Juan de Fuca, near Sequim, Washington.
I sat nearby, mesmerized by the brilliant colors of the seaweeds like an autumn New England tree canopy without tree trunks. A wonderful hike with friends.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a saltwater channel that leads 154 km (96 miles) from the Pacific Ocean to the San Juan Islands, and is the border Canada and the USA. It is part of the Salish Sea.
Let’s try to read this place: Along with its beauty, the shoreline gives us clues .
This is no sleepy beach with sand and shallow water. See how steeply the beach slants down to the water, covered by fist-sized cobbles. These clues tell us that wind and waves pound this shore, carrying sand right up to the forest and back out to sea. Only heavy cobbles drop out to form the beach.
The log with a sawed-off end (so not a tree that fell by itself) is half-buried and covered with moss. It’s been there a long time.
The tide is out, leaving the seaweed and kelp behind. It’s at least the-2 meter (6.6 ft.) drop that we can see.
The seaweed is rich with many species, a huge trove of energy for wildlife. There must be substantial kelp beds under the water off-shore, so a highly productive area for marine fish & shellfish, along with all the predators that depend on them
See my post on October 23 at this place for more about our beachcombing here.
Natural light. No filters.
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