Friday, May 20, 2022

Minus Tide On A Sunny Day

The skies finally cleared up. So we took Roger's brother Gary who is visiting from Hawaii (where it's nice and warm all the time) to Trinidad Beach to take a minus tide walk with us. We knew it was going to be windy and chilly out there, but thought we should give it a try. It was even windier and colder than we thought it would be, so we didn't stay very long. Our Hawaii visitor couldn't believe how crazy cold it was. Even we were chilled to our bones. 

But we got to take such a nice quick short walk and see such lovely sights.


The rocks are always teaming with life

A slightly closer view

This is called an Echinaster Sea Star, an orange beauty

Lovely green anemones

The waves of waves on the beach

Here is Gary, freezing on the walk

I checked the temps in Hawaii when we got home. It was 81 degrees there. It was 56 degrees here with 20 mile an hour winds. 

I'm trying to stand steady in the winds

We walked back to the car as fast as we could and turned the heat on. It was that wind-chilled out there. We were warm again and really glad we braved the elements for such a view.

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  1. Ah such are the hardy stock of humans who live on the west side of the continent!

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    1. Barbara-- I wish we had been a bit hardy, or the wind had been much less.

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  2. Brr. 56 is hard to do when you have thin blood like your BIL. Kind of feel sorry for that sea star. They can only hold their breath for 30 seconds. Sure hope a wave was coming since it isn't good to handle them. Catch 22.

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    1. I really don't know how the sea stars survive here. There are a lot of minus tides. I didn't know that they couldn't stay out of water for so long. But a little google searching says that they rest on wet rocks and the gills under their starry side gets air from the water. We hope it's enough.

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  3. At least you had sun and clear skies - too bad it was chilly. Thanks for the closeups on the beach - it is amazing to me to see those creatures!
    Robin Andrea, you have the most beautiful hair!

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    1. EllenD-- A minus tide shows us so much life that we don't typically get to see. It really is amazing. I'm so glad you like my crazy white hair!

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  4. Sounds like a typical summer's day on the east coast of England! Lovely pictures of the rocks at low tide.

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    1. John-- Sometimes I think we're living on the Pacific coast of England! We love walking the minus tides here.

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  5. I remember when I visited the Oregon coast many years ago I was amazed by all the life on and around the rocks -- all the starfish and anemones and mussels.

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    1. Steve-- It is pretty amazing to see all the life on the rocks here. It's a wonderful sight. We love being able to go and take a look.

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  6. Some times it's difficult to get the right clothing to be outdoors and enjoy things. When the tide is out there are many discoveries to be made.

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    1. Red-- It was interesting to put on our "winter" clothes for a walk in late spring. We love the minus-tide discoveries.

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  7. Well, it was a pretty day but cold wind on the beach makes for a short visit.

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    1. ellen-- A chilly windy day makes for a very short visit.

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  8. Love the photo of you with your footsteps in the sand. At least, I think those are your footsteps. I'm still wearing coats and boots and gloves when I go out walking here in coastal Washington State despite the fact that we've had some sunny days. Yesterday I saw a Great Blue Heron in its nest high in an evergreen tree near Whatcom Creek in Whatcom Falls Park. I wonder if I will ever see the Pacific Ocean in person again. If not, your photos make me feel as if I am there. I experience that cold wind, smell the ocean air, and walk on the beach with you and Roger and Gary. I remember how good it feels to get out of the wind and back into a car somewhat warmed by the sun! Thank you!

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    1. am-- I do think those are our footprints. There weren't very many people out there in that chilly wind. I'm so glad these photos make you feel like you are walking on the beach again. I hope you make it to the Pacific Coast some time, but if not, we'll keep posting photos whenever we can.

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  9. Will that sea star make it back to the sea when the tide comes in?

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    1. Catalyst-- I had no idea about Sea Stars and how they need to be in the water to breathe. I'm hoping this one had enough water under its starry side to be able to make it til the tide returned.

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  10. I always think because you live where you di it is warm not cold, when it gets like that at home we fire up our wood burner. Mixed weather here at the moment

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    1. Billy-- It has been an unusual chilly spring. April and May have been very rainy, and now it's clear and cold. We're hoping for a bit of a respite.

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  11. We're cool and wet in NE Ohio, but it will be ninety over the weekend, before going back to the sixties during the day.

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    1. Joanne-- Temps in the nineties is way too hot. Glad it's going to cool down. Temps in the 70s would be best!

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  12. Wind chill temps around bodies of water always seem to surprise me. Thanks for braving the cold to take these beautiful photos.

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    1. Ally-- We often have to brave the wind and cold temps to take walks here. We're always checking the Weather Underground (we have a weather system on our roof) to check what the predicted winds are going to be. It's often way more than we can we're willing to walk in.

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  13. Too bad that the weather wasn’t a bit warmer for Gary’s visit, but how nice that Roger’s brother came to visit soon after your brother. You all must have had fun sharing memories and time together.

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    1. Beatrice-- It had been quite a while since we'd seen Gary. It's been a lovely visit and really nice to catch up and take long walks together.

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  14. I'd wager Gary will more fully appreciate the balmy Hawaii temps having been on that lovely chilly low tide excursion with you.

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    1. 37paddington-- I think you're right about that. Going home to Kauai is going to feel so good.

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  15. well, where were your puffy coats? Not much attire for such weather!

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    1. Anonymous-- We definitely misjudged how cold and windy it would be out there.

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