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.
A variety of sea birds can be seen on the beach.
There is a harbor seal rookery down the beach a ways.
Kathy and the kids usually tear into stranded kelp holdfasts, to see what critters are at home.
On and around the rocks.
There are two kinds of sea anemone to be found. Below is the Solitary anemone.
Anemones somehow manage to attach bits of broken seashell to their protective mantle.
Aggregating anemones are small and pack themselves (aggregate) closely together.
Some of the kids.