An ebb tide photodiary for your Daily Bucket today. As always, share your own observations of the natural world around you in the comments. Welcome!
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you. Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers...meteorites, rocks...seasonal changes...all are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.November 10, 2013
Cattle Pass, Salish Sea
Just by happenstance, our late afternoon walk out to this special spot coincided with a maximum-speed ebb tide moment. Cool! I hadn't checked the tide table, so it was a wonderful surprise.
A few watery late autumn beams of sunlight had broken through the bank of overcast that afternoon and I knew it would feel good to be out on that west-facing bluff on this calm balmy afternoon. Once we hiked through the woods and emerged into the light, we could hear the roar of water flowing.
This pass is only a mile wide between here and San Juan Island across the way, and a lot of water moves through with every tidal exchange. Those rocks just offshore funnel the passing water even faster.
Some sea creatures thrive in these boiling currents. A brilliantly patterned and colored duck gazes out at the rushing water. Who is he?
He turns, revealing himself as a Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus...is that a great name or what?). I've never seen these ducks except out in rough water. They are winter ducks for us.
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