Point Lobos Red Layer Tidepool of Swirls

Point Lobos Red Layer Tidepool of Swirls

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geranium Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey County
mid day Thursday September 29, 2005, slide 05-W-8
Wisner 4x5 Expedition, 150mm Nikkor, Gitzo G1325 Mk2
Tango Drum scanned Fuji Provia 100F 4x5 film to 300mb RGB file
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 processed for accurate image fidelity
Lightjet5000 printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
signature mid bottom right          

Point Lobos is arguably the finest small stretch of rocky coast headlands on our Pacific Coast. It is quite fortunate through the forsight of a few individuals more than a century before, that it has been preserved instead of suffering the intense development of all nearby areas of the Monterey Peninsula. A key to the unique landscape is that most of the headlands are undelain with resistant granite rock that is otherwise rare along the coast. But at the reserve other rock strata also mixes with the granite to create some wonderful substrates for the shoreline environment. In this image, layered sandstones provide beautiful swirling features that the endless tidal action has eroded into smooth sinuous shapes. For a few miles along the coast, a thin bright red to orange sedimentary layer makes an appearance here and there.

On this day with a good low tide, I explored the tidal areas as the seawater slowly receded over a period of three hours. The footing thereabouts was very slippery with a thin layer of algae coating everything. I came to this location and was determined to frame something up. The surface of the rocks were irregular and once I figured out where my camera ought to be, took quite some time to stabilize my big tripod on the slippery surface. Waves were at the time still washing across everything in the frame thus keeping a preferred glistening wet look to everything in the scene.

In the image that can be seen as the beautiful light greenish slightly yellow covering of the light colored rock. The intervening gray bands are layers of another deposit that interleaved with the light material. Various small seaweed and algae have anchored themselves to the rock here and there. Mobile yet ever creeping across the bottom at a snails pace are well some black and white shelled turban snails, and circular limpets of various diameters. Note the odd tan colored at mid lower left is a wet spot bare of algae which is the main food for the mobile grazers. See the three small horn limpets atop that spot? Just to the right is a curving loop where more horn limpets are beside a little anemonie. At the center of the large round pool at right, several larger limpets grazing on the algae enjoy the calmer water at center. At the top of the pool just right of the red algae is one turban snail slightly out of the water. Note the small dark orange shard of bull kelp. More red algae can be seen at frame left where moving water looks mottled.

The area of light green swirls is slightly lower than the other areas and where the water sluiced back and forth through. I supposed that those areas were slightly lower because those layers erode more easily. In this image one can see reflections at the water surface in places where the moving water is noticeable. And in the big round pool at right are three groups of foam bubbles riding the surface.

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