Low down

I used to think high tide must be the most fun…all that water piling clear in against the shore, deeper water hitting the rocks, just lots more water.

Nope, low tide is better.

Really low tide is best.

The reasons I like low tides better are that the waves generally crash bigger against rocks in the bays…because waves are generated by a traveling force pushing against the rising ocean floor as it nears land, and when the tide is out and the water level is lower, those forces hit the floor sooner and harder.

And, low tides expose more beach, so I have more room to maneuver for photos and there are even greater portions of rocks exposed that usually spend time under water (and attached sea life is available for photos).

And sometimes treasures are uncovered!

Did you know they publish a tide chart for the whole year? Along the coast, most convenience stores will have copies at the cash register for a dollar or so.

Around here, the tides vary day by day, and during each day. The two high tides will be different from each other, as will the two low tides. Tomorrow’s tides will be different than today’s.

Each month, the most extreme tides occur at the time of the full moon and the new moon. Around here, that means about a 7.5 foot high tide and a minus 1.4 foot low tide.

A couple times a year, a week will occur with even more extreme tides, where nearly a foot is added at the highest tide and the lowest tide will go a foot farther down.

We got lucky…a very, very low tide occurred during a day with lovely weather! We chose to spend several hours on what we call Camel Rock beach on Trinidad Bay.

This photo shows Ross waiting patiently for part of the time seated on a log that will be underwater at high tide. This beach is quite flat, and the wave run-up is usually 100 yards. Here, it’s probably 300 years from him.

More photos in the coming days.DSC_3061

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3 thoughts on “Low down

  1. I’m catching up on many of your postings. As always, love the photos and descriptions. The tides remind me when I was on my boat trip in S. Carolina and we had full-moon tides of 11 feet. Of course, a moving boater who anchors out for the nights is dependent on those tide charts you mentioned. If you don’t take into account the tide changes between when you anchor and plan to depart, you could find yourself in some bad situations!

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