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Newcastle Island's (Saysuchun's) Amazing Tidal Flats (+9 insets!)

Newcastle Island's (Saysuchun's) Amazing Tidal Flats (+9 insets!)
(+9 insets!) (please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for inset information)

Trip Talk: Off We Go On Our Island Adventure!

After chatting with the friendly fellow at the visitor's kiosk, we hopped on our bikes and took off down a trail which led to the island's popular coastal path, passing lovely forest on one side and wide open ocean views on the other. Bikes weren't allowed on the coastal trail because it can be rough in places, though we were told it wasn't enforced if we really wanted to ride. Steve and I liked the idea of hiking for some of our visit though. Looking at the map, we could see that the coastal trail met with another which led through the forest back to our bikes; at which point we could ride up and into the center of the island for a complete tour! A perfect plan!

Arriving at the trailhead for our coastal trail hike, we locked our bikes up and then turned to look out towards the ocean. It wasn't so much looking as it was gawking at the sight before us. A vast tidal flat lay before us, laden with mollusk-covered boulders, rocks and seaweed. Piles of driftwood in all sizes--from small chunks to 30-foot logs--rimmed the edge of the flats in a huge jumble. Countless shells were everywhere with larger mounds settled at the base of the driftwood. We don't remember seeing anything like this before and we were suitably impressed. Taking careful footsteps through the shells, we made our way out onto the huge rock plates that formed the base of the tidal flat. Our feet sunk deeply into the slippery layer of shell-based mixture and it occurred to me that I could spend hours here just examining handfuls of shells, driftwood, seaweed and pebbles.

It was nice to get out to the solid rock base where the walking was much easier. We were then stunned to see the boulders strewn everywhere, each covered by thousands of mollusks of various sizes--tiny snail-shaped periwinkles, tall, turban-shaped whelks, cone-shaped limpets, long, pointed augers and volcano-shaped barnacles a-plenty. Most were very small but there were lots of large mussels clinging together in masse too. Tiny crabs skittered about in little pools. Different varieties of seaweed lay about here and there, washed in from where they grew just off-shore. Overhead the gulls flew, calling back and forth to one another. There was a nice breeze out but not a strong wind and Steve and I had a great time wandering along, heads down and moving towards the ocean beyond.

Looking up from time to time, we couldn't help noticing an enormous container ship sitting far out on the water. Staring at the immense boat reminded me that Vancouver Island and the many smaller islands dotting the area are very important for transportation of cargo and to a lesser degree, fuel too. There's a good reason why. Due to the proximity to the mainland of Canada and Washington--as well as the closest port to Japan—Vancouver Island is the perfect area for ships along their world-wide routes. Appreciating the sight, I was able to get some good zoomed-in shots with my Sony and looked forward to identifying the ship when I got home.

The G2 Ocean Grouse Arrow
This is a shipping vessel that travels the world with its vast capacity for cargo. Researching information for this post, I learned that the Grouse Arrow is currently located off the Kuril Islands archipelago north of Japan and south of Russia. After we saw it in August, it travelled to China where it stopped at four ports of call including Shanghai! It's now on its way to Port Mellon, an area north of Vancouver Island known for being one of the world's biggest producers of wood pulping and paper. Isn't that fascinating?! I just love being able to discover information about these globe-trotting vessels!

The Mystery of the Hole-Covered Rocks
As Steve and I wandered around the tidal flats, we noticed holes bored into many of the rocks and boulders but I couldn't remember how they were formed. As it turns out, the holes in these deeply-etched stones are bored by a mollusk called a Piddock or "Angel Wing" (named for the similarity when a shell is opened up completely). I remember seeing zillions of oblong shells laying everywhere, but at the time I thought they were some sort of mussel. No, they were the shells from Piddocks. These industrious bivalves grind holes into rocks by latching on with their muscular foot and slowly turning the ends of their modified shells around and around to; in time they eventually create burrows which contain their entire length. AMAZING! Interestingly, the extremely strong shells, when exposed to air and heat, become so brittle that finding complete shells is uncommon. That's the truth—I spent some time looking for complete shells and it was quite a challenge, given the piles of fragments heaped up where the tides receded. Now that I know why it makes sense that I couldn't find them easily.

Today's Pictures
My main picture today features one of the lovely mollusk-covered rocks with the tidal flat stretching out to the ocean beyond. In the far distance you can see the cargo container, the G2 Ocean Grouse Arrow.

Insets include a pair of panoramas which show the amazing tidal flats and a marvelous row of mollusk-covered boulders. I've also included a close-up of the G2 Ocean Grouse Arrow along with pictures of one of the life-encrusted pools, an itty-bitty crab next to an open mussel shell with a tiny auger shell above it, a fun rock artwork and finally, a series of three pictures showing the rocks and boulders riddled with deep holes ground out by Piddock mollusks!

Pam, I know you love the sea. This was a place you would adore. A healthy tidal area overflowing with life to appreciate was so wonderful to explore and enjoy. The views from near and far, the smell of the salt-water air, ocean birds flying overhead, it was very magical in this healing place. I thought of you often as we ambled out to the sea's edge. I hope you like this show...it's just one of many! *BIG HUGS* from southern Oregon.

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39 comments - The latest ones
Superbes !!!
5 months ago.
uwschu club
schöne Serie wieder!
5 months ago.
neira-Dan club
fantastique série Janet !! J'aime ces vues de plages et ces êtres échoués
5 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful shot, great composition and perspective.
5 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Toujours aussi admirable et joliment rendue
C'est un vrai plaisir pour les yeux.
HFF et bon week-end.
5 months ago.
cammino club
Impressive close-ups! Amazing nature!!!
5 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Een Strand Panter (die twee laatste pips) -en lijkt erop of je de stenen eerst gepaneerd hebt----MOOI Janet !
5 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Wonderful landscape and impressive close-ups !
5 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
I think that many UK coastal scenes would show barnacles, mussels, crabs and seaweed, but I have never seen nor heard of Piddock molluscs. Great info here, Janet.
5 months ago.
cp_u club
great PiP composition
5 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A lovely place to explore
5 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Beautiful set of images and wonderful narrative Janet, I especially like the composition in the main image and the panorama of this delightful location.
5 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Wow Janet - what incredible pictures. We have similar rocks here in some bays - but didn't realise that those holes were made by a mollusc turning and turning its shell to make the hole and then bury themselves in the rock. I'm not surprised that you were fascinated by this area - so much to see. I see that the cargo ship visited 5 ports in China and then returned to Vancouver - I do hope they quarantined the passengers and crew when they came back.
5 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
encore un lot superbe janet !!
5 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
Another lovely compilation, thanks for sharing with us!
5 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photo et notes. Nicole.
5 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding shot and PIPs!

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5 months ago.
 Pam J
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5 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Really amazing photos, Janet. I had no idea there were mollusks that could drill into rocks.
5 months ago.
Esther club
No matter where you travel, you always find fascinating subjects to photograph. I especially like the weathered rocks.
5 months ago.
RHH club
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a great set of photos. I can almost smell the sea in them and want to get out and explore the rocks and tide pools again. A favorite? Probably the two panoramas and the little crab, but it's hard to pick just one. We spent four days on the Oregon coast earlier in the year as you know and the high point of that was just wandering the rocks and tide pools. Speaking of which, have you read Rachel Carson's The Edge of the Sea? If you haven't, you should. Everyone has read Silent Spring but that's not IMO her best. You should also read Under the Sea Wind. Marvelous books.

Thanks for the comments on the latest Yellowstone photos. They are the reason we keep going back in spite of crowds and busyness. Have a couple more geyser basins to cover and then the grand tour is finished and I can get on to other things.

Just finished two old Sci-fi novels that I first read many years ago, The City and the Stars by Arthur Clarke and The Martian by Andy Weir. Have been looking for something easy to read between kids and other responsibilities here and happened on those. Don't read much sci-fi any more but used to read everything I could lay my grubby little hands on. We were the kids who ran out out books at the local library and thus read anything and everything.

Sounds like you are reading some more substantial literature than I am. On the periodic table have you read The Disappearing Spoon? It's a great book on that subject. Seems like I read another on the periodic table as well but I can't remember which.

Nancy is talking about opening an Ipernity account! We'll see, but son-in-law Scott is getting her computer in working order (had a download that failed and has been abominably slow ever since. Would love to see her get back into photography and post some of her photos.

We leave for Texas a week from Monday (Feb. 10th). Ed and Jess and Evelyn are coming next Friday and staying the weekend and we'll leave after we bring them to the airport. Have a busy week, too, after we get home, but then we're away on another adventure. Can't wait to be off to warmer climes and some new sights.

Spent the last two days baking and cooking. Had to baby-sit, too, with Nancy, while Rose had some doctor's visits. Made panna cotta, sourdough bread, naan bread, Masaman Curry, all by way of making sure that Rose didn't have to cook. Last night, though, Scott brought home a beef satay soup that was incredible. Have to find out now how to make it and do so when we get home.

Better get off to bed.

Back again. Just posted my offerings for the day but this is not going to last long since I can here some of the littles talking in the bedroom nearby. Will probably have to get up and make sure they go to the bathroom and then its the daily round, breakfast, lunches, kids off to school, meal-planning, etc., etc.

And back once more. Going to make a dessert with a walnut-date crust, cashew-lemon cream filling and raspberry topping (Keto), so will have to get at it soon. Scott is on keto, though he always goes off while we are here, and this is one he'll probably like. Then it's curry for lunch and steaks for dinner (with non-keto onion rings).

The sun is just coming up and it is quiet for the first time this morning. Quiet is usually bad with the littles - they're getting into something then - but I think it's okay and am not going to go and investigate in any case, not unless the house falls down. Alas, one of them just poured milk all over the sofa and himself. We go from crisis to crisis here, though most of them are minor.

Better go.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Formidable série avec de beaux paysages et de jolis détails en macro de cette plage !
J'aime beaucoup votre image principale où ce cargo géant semble posé sur le sable !
Bonne fin de semaine, Janet ! HFF
5 months ago.
polytropos club
A very interesting set of photos, and also interesting infos!
5 months ago.
grobi358 club
What a wunderful series Janet! Thanks for the interesting comment. Every friday I'm glad to read it. Have a nice weekend!
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Ich weiß nicht, was ich höher einschätzen soll, Janet: deine schönen Bilder, die deinen gestalterischen Sinn erkennen lassen, oder die fantastische und blumige Beschreibung, mit der du den Leser die Landschaft so erleben lässt, als ob er sich selbst darin befindet und mit offenen Augen und Ohren alle kleinen und großen Dinge ringsum erfasst.
Liebe Grüße – und ein schönes Wochenende wünsche ich!
5 months ago.
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A fantastic documentary about a place littered with inestimable valuable and fascinating treasures!
5 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
What a fascinating place to visit............I can almost smell the sea air! I love the main image, and you've composed it perfectly. The rock in the foreground anchors the shot nicely and the ship on the horizon balances it out. Superb images in the PiP too..........I really like the one of the cargo ship - the light is particularly nice and I love the foreground.

Some fascinating facts in your narrative..........especially about the Piddock Molluscs.....who knew?

You're really getting your money's worth from that Sony..!!
5 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! That’s fantastic, Janet !
5 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Lovely series Janet;-)
Have a great weekend
5 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Stunning Janet -and such a fab set of rocks, very interesting indeed, great stuff as ever beautifully taken and presented
5 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful pictures!
5 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Very impressive series, Janet! The PiPs are absolutely fantastic!
Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
5 months ago.
tiabunna club
A great series and interesting background information, Janet. I hope your weekend is going well.
5 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Des formidables photos pour le plaisir de nos yeux des endroits fantastiques qui font rêver ! Bonne continuation pour votre belle aventure
5 months ago.
9 insets plus equals 10 A++++++++ Impressive as hell. (i really don't understand the expression but I have heard it before and I tend to imitate stuff, I hope is not bad)
My pod sister, have a great WE.
5 months ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
**************** :-)
5 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Vu et admiré au www.ipernity.com/group/262970
"Nature et Nous"
5 months ago.
trester88 club
Eine tolle Serie mit interessanten Details und skurrilen Formen!
5 months ago.
 Ern Jacoby
Ern Jacoby club
Nice trip and observations!
4 months ago.

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