Thursday, August 23, 2012

As Blue As This

To Salt Creek with PB. It was blue out.

Salt Creek County Park, August 22, 2012 (Click for larger image.)

What we have around here are semidiurnal mixed tides, "two high and two low tides of different size every lunar day". What we had going for us at Salt Creek yesterday was the higher low tide, barely going down to three feet above mean lower low water

Tides at Crescent Bay, from NOAAfrom (Click for larger image.)

and I suspect the little island remains an island at that tide level— but we can't testify, because we were sitting at the kitchen table talking until much later than low tide, and as you know the tide does not wait for you. It was rising noticably when we got there, and kept rising. For sure the little island was an island, and a bit of sand reaching towards it went under the gentle blue waves as we stood on it.

Tongue Point, where the tidepools are, was under the waves; there were children, and sandpipers, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca was about as blue as you could wish for.

Children in the Creek (Click for larger image.)
Semi-palmated sandpipers; they were back where the creek was emerging from the marsh; the incoming salt waters had not yet reached them (Click for larger image.)
The tide pools were under water. Canada across the Strait. (Click for larger image.)

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