California, September, 2017 – Part 1

On September 1, 2017, Kathy and I left New Mexico for southern California, to participate in the annual Hammerlee family beach reunion. As in recent years, we occupied the Raccoon group site at Carpinteria State Beach, which State Beach is located to the south of Santa Barbara. I’ve posted before on prior such reunions at Carpinteria.

Besides being a great beach for the kids of the assembled families, other attractions  include the tar seeps, bird life, harbor seals and sea life.

Carpinteria got its name because Spanish sailing ships stopped there for carpentry repairs, which included using the naturally-occurring tar for caulking purposes.

Tar on beachside rock

Tar on sand

Tar on sand

A variety of sea birds can be seen on the beach.


Curlew with mole crab

Curlew probing for mole crabs


Elegant terns

There is a harbor seal rookery down the beach a ways.

Harbor seals on the offshore rocks

Harbor seals on the offshore rocks

Kathy and the kids usually tear into stranded kelp holdfasts, to see what critters are at home.

Small octopus from holdfast

Same small octopus (p.s. this octopus was safely returned to an appropriate location)

On and around the rocks.

Mussels and barnacles cover the wave-washed rocks

There are two kinds of sea anemone to be found. Below is the Solitary anemone.

Solitary anemone

Anemones somehow manage to attach bits of broken seashell to their protective mantle.

Solitary anemone. At top center, one sees the fans that barnacles deploy to feed

Solitary anemones

Solitary anemones, closed up

Partially-closed solitary anemone

Aggregating anemones are small and pack themselves (aggregate) closely together.

Aggregating anemones

Aggregating anemones

Both types

Some of the kids.

Benet Levy (left), Fletcher Piatt (right)

Fletcher Piatt (left), Benet Levy (right), 

Fletcher. What a happy kid!

Rowan Piatt and Kathy. Sand sculptor Trevor behind.



About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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