Cee Neuner’s photo from which she asks participants to pick a topic for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC) is of the Oregon coast.
As we are eight hours ahead of the west coast of the USA, her challenges appear late in the afternoon or early in the evening UK time. Today has been wet until this evening, when I took my camera for a walk to the beach after looking at Cee’s photo. My two photos have rocks and sea rather than ocean.
The Isle of Man is just visible on the horizon of my first photo. It is in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.
After the guided walk in Allonby bay I resolved to show more interest in other beaches. I have had the chance to examine rock pools on St Bees beach twice since June. The first time I was pleasantly surprised to find some of the creatures I learned about from Ann Lingard. The second time I was even more excited by what I found with the help of a friend. Among other things she spotted two herons on the beach. They were too far away for the lens of my camera phone, but do appear in some of my shots. It helps if you know where they are though!
Altogether we saw sea gooseberries, winkles, barnacles, jellyfish, jewelled anemones, a live crab, limpets, evidence of worms, (lugworms, which live in burrows and mason and honeycomb worms which live in colonies built from sand). We also saw different species of seaweed. My photos are from our two walks separated by two weeks.
Seaweed and a limpet
Seaweed and a winkle
Seaweed floating at the edge of a pool
Winkles and barnacles
Winkles on rocks
On the first walk we noticed winkles on the rocks, stretching into the distance. This area is a popular feeding ground for seabirds.
(Hovering over the photos causes the captions to appear.The sea gooseberry is a spherical creature in the part of its photo which the caption covers!)
Rockpool with a small live crab
The herons were beyond the rocks
A jellyfish floating in a pool
Another view towards herons and the sea
A beached jellyfish
Honeycomb worm structures
Winkles, barnacles and honeycomb worms
Barnacle encrusted limpets
A sea anemone in a pool showing its tentacles
A tiny yellow winkle
View towards St Bees Head (herons beyond the stones)
The herons flew past the stormy sky
Rocks with honeycomb worm structures in the foreground and with winkles in the background
Stop press: Thanks to Ann Lingard for identifying a creature I have captioned incorrectly. On Twitter she wrote (Btw, ‘tiny yellow winkle’ is dogwhelk Nucella, preys on barnacles & mussels).