San Juan Island, 6/2018

I have been visiting San Juan Island for over 20 years. The past 14, my husband and I have stayed at the same place on the West side of the island. It feels like our home away from home. I have had the opportunity to observe the intertidal dwellers and the resident Orcas from our cove from year to year. When we visit, I rarely leave our little spot. This past weekend, I did venture out in search of foxes at American Camp. Although I didn't see any, I was astounded by the beauty of this part of the Island with its open fields and sweeping vistas of the Salish Sea. 

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Grandma's Cove

Grandma's Cove

Portal to another world, American Camp   

Portal to another world, American Camp

 

Sunny is part of our San Juan clan. She comes to our house and lounges with us on the lawn as we stare at the Salish Sea. Early the morning, she is often my only tide pool companion. I will head down to our cove with my coffee and my camera and Sunny is not far behind. She always amazes me with her gentle explorations of the beach, staring into the tide pools with wonder, watching the hustle and bustle, just like me. 

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Black Katy Chiton,  Katharina tunicata

Black Katy Chiton, Katharina tunicata

Black Katy Chitons are everywhere in our little cove. They are like the punk rock stars of the tide pool with their black leather "jackets". 

 

Limpet

Limpet

Limpet's are a common sight in our tidepool neighborhood too.

Top Snail

Top Snail

Green Sea Urchin   

Green Sea Urchin

 

My favorite discovery on this trip was a handful of beautiful Hooded Nudibranchs appearing in our cove on my birthday. It was like a gift from the Salish Sea:) 

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As we were getting ready to leave, resident Orcas of J & L pods returned to the West side of the island. Watching these magnificent animals, swim, jump and play together right in our front yard was such a treat.