Friday, June 26, 2009

The kelp forests just off the coast here in central California not only provide a unique ecosystem for a huge variety of animals and diatoms (single-cell algae), and help protect the coast during storms, they are also beautiful. The rocks provide an anchoring point for giant kelp, as well as various brown and red kelps. The combination of colors can be gorgeous. In these photos, taken just off the deck behind a fancy hotel on Cannery Row, Monterey, the gentle movement of the tide swirls the kelp and sea grass in a kind of mesmerizing ballet of sorts. It is soothing and lovely to watch. 

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