|Sea Sacs (Halosaccion glandiforme), like bright-green fingers protruding out of a nori patch|
|A mixture of Surfgrass, Pad Alga, Iridescent Alga and Sea Lettuce|
|Sunburst Anemone in a patch of Pad Alga(?)|
Other than breaking the waves, these rocks also double as bird roost, seal bed, and a sea palm orchard.
|Cormorants and harbor seals (and a single sea lion)|
|A group of Willet having seafood for lunch|
And a particularly fascinating tidal zone resident is the hermit crab.
|Hermit Crabs housed inside shells of late Turban Snails|
There are many snail species at Pillar Point tide pools. All of them make nice houses, don't you think so?
|Hermit Crab Fashion Display. All crabs were promptly returned to the water following the photo-taking.|
And on one of my visits at Pillar Point, the young playwrights had cast hermit crabs as the stars of the show.
|A prince hermit crab castle|
I curbed my urge to interfere, but maintained a close watch. At some point my own chikas had joined the game and I took the opportunity to instruct them that these crabs should be released back to their habitat soon. And I was relieved to see that they were.
A few children moved away from the crab game and got busy with another creative activity:
|A sand turtle wearing a fancy algae costume|
I was very busy on my beach visits looking down, searching for marine life. Papa Quail, on the other hand, was also looking up.
I didn't look too often at the hill, but did notice that morning glory that was blooming there.
|Hillside False Bindweed (Calystegia subacaulis)|
As the summer progressed into fall, more and more kelp was washed ashore and piled up in rotting composting heaps. The mounds were buzzing with kelp flies that rose in small, dense clouds with each step. The odor of seaweed decay was heralding the arrival of fall.
|Decaying kelp by the Pillar Point Harbor wave barrier|
|Starlings digging for morsels in the pile of rotting algae|
|Valella valella, washed ashore|
|Harbor Seal quietly floating in Pillar Pont Harbor|
|Coast Range Fence Lizard|
May this place remain forever wild.
And a special bonus: a scene from the movie 'Finding Nemo', played out by local actors at Pillar Point Harbor.