California Tidal Pools


 The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, California is one of my favorite spots. It is a stunning “no-take” marine protected area located south of San Francisco.

A walk on the rocks at low tide is an exciting exploration of tidal pools filled with colorful sea life and flats covered with resting harbor seals and feeding shore birds. An easy place to get lost in natural beauty and photography.  

 

“Take nothing but pictures

Kill nothing but time

Leave nothing but footprints

To show you came by.”

 ~ John Kay

 

 

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Sea Anemone

 

 

 

 

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Sea Star

 

 

 

 

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”

~ David Attenborough

 

 

 

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Exploring

 

 

 

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Reaching

 

 

 

 

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” 

~John Muir

 

 

 

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Wendy

 

 

 

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Red Kelp and Rock

 

 

 

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Kelp Abstract

 

 

 

 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

~John Muir

 

 

 

 

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Clam Houses

 

 

 

 

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Kelp

 

 

 

 

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Sea Grass and Bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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64 comments

  1. I remember going to these tide pools when I was a young boy. Fond memories. Thanks.

  2. Aaah, the rock pools! If only we’d pause more often at the rock pools of life… we’d come away much more enriched… every time!! 😉

  3. So many treasures in this gorgeous part of the world, beautiful shots Jane!

  4. Beautiful pictures of things that I have never seen.

  5. How true that John Muir quote is! My favorite in this roster of photos is the structure of tiny clam houses with the sun neatly reflected in their pools. Wonderful! -Jesse

  6. So beautiful and nice text. ❤

  7. It is not difficult to understand why this is one of your favourite spots; your photos say it all.

  8. Amazing texture and depth to these photos.

  9. I’m sure there are new and exciting finds each time a visit is made~ Great work again Jane!

  10. Lovely photos, every one.

  11. Have never visited tidal pools before! I can only imagine all the marine life you can see! Great photos….

  12. great shots…great quotes….hoping the area stays protected….beautiful!!

  13. Amazing photos, long may the place be protected.

  14. Taking a view at all these wonderful clicks made me flow into the time when you took those shots. Simply Outstanding Jane. Its great watching each of your clicks. Great Going. 🙂

  15. Looks like a great spot Jane-beautifully captured.

  16. All your photos are lovely, but I particularly like the first two – sharp with beautiful colours.

  17. Beautiful marine life and sea creatures, Jane. Simply stunning. Love the red kelp and the angle there – it look so lonely amidst the rock and I think it was happy to see you 🙂 I’ve never seen clam houses before, so that photo jumped out at me too. At first I thought you stumbled upon a big mass of cheese beside the water 😀

    • Hi Mabel- I really appreciate your kind thoughts- thank you so much. The rocks with the holes are all over the place and kids love to find the ones that look like faces. This one sure did have a swiss cheese look. I’m happy you saw something new and enjoyed the colorful sea life.

  18. Stunning photography, Jane. Thank goodness you’re here… I would never know this existed! xo

  19. Love these, particularly the red kelp on the gray rock. What a brilliant world!

  20. Thanks Jane, it’s an inspiring post – as John Muir says; one receives far more than he seeks!

  21. Nice set of pictures. I also have a fondness of walking along tidal pools to see what is hidden in there…

  22. This is like another world you have brought to us Jane ~ beautiful photos and showing us this fragile part of the sea.

  23. Really beautiful, Jane. And I really liked the John Muir quote about connectedness.

  24. Loved exploring and experiencing this enchanting site with you! ❤️

  25. Nature is just so breathtaking! These are gorgeous, Jane. Oh, the sea!!

  26. Gorgeous collection of photographs – beauty all around this fragile marine life.

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